21st of April 2016 to 2nd of November 2016
The 25th International Garden Festival on the theme of
for the coming century”
Every year since 1992, the
chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire play host to the annual ‘Festival des
Jardins’, a garden festival with up to 30
themed gardens. These gardens are created by different landscape
architects, designers and artists around a theme, which changes every
year. This brings the chateau surroundings to life with the colour and
fragrances of the many plants and flowers on display. It also promotes nursery projects and lets both the public and trade see new ideas on the use of colour and materials in flower and garden displays. Due to its continued quality and success the garden festival has gained an international reputation with visitors coming from every corner of the globe.
From over 300 proposals 20 to 30 gardens are
selected for inclusion in the festival. Included
were contributions from the UK, Japan, the
Netherlands, Germany and Italy.
The displays are also illuminated under the 'Gardens
of Light' theme allowing visitors the chance
to explore the gardens by night. The chateau is also
enhanced by the glow of over 2000 candles (10pm 1st
July - 31st August)
From April to November
chateau and gardens of Chaumont also plays host to 'Centre d’Arts et de Nature' (Arts and Nature Centre), which welcomes artists to contribute visual and photographic exhibitions. These are placed throughout the chateau and gardens to best effect.
The kids will like it here, exploring the the permanent features like the 'Valley of the mists' (Vallon
des Brumes) and taking the ' wild iron pathway' (Sentier des Fers Sauvages ). They will also like the twisting and turning pathway of the festival that always leads to somethingdifferent
There are normally quite a few of the exhibits that will be of interest to them as they are interactive in a variety of ways. With the theme
changing every year you'll always find something different.
Taking a picnic along will add to the experience even though there
are a few options for eating on the site.
We enjoyed the colour of the 2009 Festival with our favourite being 'Laundry in bloom' with the clothes being the same colour as the flowers underneath.
Our favourites from 2010 (Body & Soul)
On the pond
Forest of colour
From the 1st July to the 31st August 2016 the festival
gardens are illuminated every evening (except
Friday), from 10.00pm until midnight. You must enter
before 11.00pm and can use your day ticket for free