Every year, the International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire offers a multitude of surprises to visitors who discover the new plant creations. The 30th edition will be held from 21 April to 6 November 2022 on the theme "Ideal garden, 30 years of green utopia".
Less than 200km from Paris between Tours and Blois, lies a natural oasis perched 40 metres above the wild River Loire: the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire. The doors to its chateau and surrounding park are open all year round, but the arguable star of the calendar is the garden festival from April to November, bursting with plant curiosities including some rare species, and unusual blooms usually considered unobtainable.
An ideal garden for the 30th anniversary of the festival
After 30 years (1992-2022) of creations inspired by historical or poetic, educational or ecological themes, Chaumont intends to reflect on what the "ideal garden" would or should be, at a time of intensive urbanisation, global warming, and the increased desire to get closer to nature.
Twenty-four international teams were selected by the jury for this edition and five "green cards" were given to special guests. In total, 30 new installations have been created to explore around an incredibly ecological theme!
Is bringing all these properties together possible or illusory? Realistic or contradictory? This was the challenge to the designers of the 2022 gardens, who had to propose projects that attempted to synthesise all these qualities and offer a concentrate, a synthesis of what man and the living can create together to generate a better world.
New this year, visitors will be able to discover a "Mediterranean garden", a green card given to French landscape architect Jean Mus to decorate the Prés du Goualoup.