For an astonishing panorama of the state of landscape and garden creation in the world, the International Garden Festival of the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire is the date not to be missed. Since its creation in 1992, it has over the years established itself as a laboratory of ideas from which the prototypes of tomorrow’s gardens emerge.
This year, the 2012 edition has a special character as the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary. To properly celebrate the event, the theme of the festival is “…”. Gardens of delights, gardens of delights “It was a challenge that designers, landscape artists, architects, scenographers and gardeners from all over the world had to compose and use their imagination.
Out of the hundred or so proposals received, 21 astonishing, enchanting and even innovative projects were selected by the members of the jury chaired for the occasion by the famous chef, Alain Passard.
Delicious delights and delirious delights
From the psyche-delicious garden to the earthly paradise, via the garden of delicious delights, the blue garden of Absolem or the Sleeping Beauty garden, visitors wander from one dreamlike universe to another. True cabinets of curiosities, they are full of ideas and fantasy. It is therefore not surprising to come across an army of garden gnomes or red foxes during this walk.
Indeed, each of these places has its share of surprises in store, to the delight of both amateurs and professionals in the horticultural world. Extraordinary topiaries, phenomenal vegetables or fruits, pocket jungles, prodigious plants, botanical eccentricities… will delight everyone.
Referring to the garden as a high place of harmony and fertility, these creations evoke the Eden and the idyllic landscapes of Arcadia. A field for the blossoming of all the senses, this festival celebrates happiness, euphoria, bliss, but also eccentricity and audacity.
And as underlined in the festival’s presentation book the president of the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, François Barré , “Whether they take us into the depths of the unconscious, the madness of the vegetable garden or the charms of paradise, the gardens of this exceptional edition promise once again to invent, sometimes to provoke, always to make the visitor dream, so that each one keeps in mind a poetic image, a singular idea, a surprising invention to reproduce in his garden. »
The International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire will close its doors on October 21st. So, for those of you who have not yet admired these little wonders, it is high time to rush there.
Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire
tel : 02 54 20 99 22
The International Garden Festival is open every day from 25 April to 21 October 2012, from 10 am to 8 pm (times vary according to the season). The guided tour of a selection of gardens lasts approximately 1h15. The self-guided tour takes 2 hours.
Rates: 11 euros, for 12-18 year olds: 7.50 euros and for 6-12 year olds: 5 euros
For more information: www.domaine-chaumont.fr
Photo credits : Laetitia Devillars (photos not free of copyright)