The International Garden Festival Chaumont sur Loire opens later this month and runs until the end of October. It’s a feast of creative endeavour, set in the grounds of a beautiful castle next to the river Loire in France, so if you’re visiting France this summer I recommend a visit.
There will be 24 gardens, all of them collaborations between artists, landscape designers, architects and sculptors, 70% of the applicants are French and the remainder are mostly from Europe.
Each year there is a different theme, this year is ‘Gardens of the future or happy biodiversity’, and it’s fascinating to see how it’s interpreted.
There is popular competition with over 300 entrants competing for the 24 places.
However, this is the only element of the competition, there are no prizes and the gardens stay in place for six months.
The constraints of trying to please judges and win a medal are lifted and this seems to generate a different, perhaps more creative and original approach to design.
There’s nothing quite like it in this country, so a visit is a must for serious garden designers and anyone interested in design.
These are photos from my visit last year.
Visiting this and the Chelsea Flower Show will give you lots of inspiration.
How do you find inspiration for your garden?