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Chaumont-sur-Loire - 2018 Garden Festival

Chaumont-sur-Loire garden festival inthe Loire Valley France

From the 24th of April  to 4th of November 2018

Poster advertising the 2018 garden festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire
The 27th International Garden Festival on the theme of

 “Gardens of thought”


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You can visit the 2018 gardens on-line here

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.

ariel view of Chaumont international garden festival

image source lemonde.fr

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)

On our blog: Chaumont International Garden Festival review (2017) in pictures

Some pics. from the 2016 garden festival

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Here is our slideshow of the gardens in the sequence they appear on site at the 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.

The great thing about the garden festival is that it is different every year

Slideshow from 2014 here

Here are some pics. from the 2013 festival:

photo from Chaumont garden festival 2013

Courtesy of Mike Funning

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.

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 something different


'Jardins de Lumière'

From the 1st July to the 31st August 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 


Prices for the 2018 Festival: 18.00 € (Full price) , 12.00 € (Reduced price)

6.00 € (Child 6-11 years) , Free (-6 years) .

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Directions to Chaumont Garden Festival


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



averygrandpressigny.blogspot                            Good blog post


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