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Chaumont-sur-Loire - 2016 Garden Festival

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Chaumont-sur-Loire garden festival


From the 21st of April 2016 to 2nd of November 2016


The 25th International Garden Festival on the theme of

 “Gardens for the coming century”



Every year since 1992, the gardens of 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.

Chaumont garden festival 2011

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)


Check out our blog-post on the 2016 festival here


Here is our slideshow of the gardens in the sequence they appear on site at this year's (2015) Garden Festival.




Seeing them in real life is even better - a very good day out which includes the art installations and chateau grounds. You can of course also visit the chateau itself along with its stables.





Video from 2014 here


See more 2014 pics. here



Here are some pics. from the 2013 festival:


photo from Chaumont garden festival 2013





Courtesy of Mike Funning


You can preview the gardens here.



You can see a slide show of the 2012 gardens here...


From April to November  the 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.



iron bridge at Chaumont garden festival




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

The anti-gardener



'Jardins de Lumière'


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 access.












Illuminated garden photographs courtesy of Armand Foucault 




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Directions to Garden Fesitval



To get directions to Chaumont-sur-Loire type in your post code or your starting point,  i.e.: 'Paris'









External links:


 http://www.domaine-chaumont.fr                       Official website




thegardenwanderer.blogspot                              Highlights of 2009 from a Canadian gardener


averygrandpressigny.blogspot                            Good blog post here









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