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  • "Le purgatoire des tentations". Festival des Jardins 2014/10. | © E.Sander

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    Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival

    From April 24, 2013 to October 20, 2013

    For the 22nd International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire, designers and landscape gardeners have been invited from all over the world to evoke and magnify the countless subtle “sensations” that are overfl owing in the gardens.

    Founded back in 1992, in twenty years, the International Garden Festival has become the event for landscape and garden designers to take part in. This year once again, out of the 300 or so projects submitted from all over the world, some twenty gardens have been selected by a jury chaired by the French literary journalist Bernard Pivot.

    Harking from the four corners of the world, from China, Russia, Japan, Algeria as well as France and Europe, these gardens will amaze you and beckon you into the infi nite world of sensations. Their purpose is to surprise and enchant you through every kind of sophistication and technique possible, playing with colours, smells, sounds, silences and other poetic voices and channels.

    Like every year, the International Garden Festival will be welcoming prestigious guests and giving them free rein, such as the great Chinese landscape gardener Yu, the designer Patrick Jouin or the magician of anamorphosis François Abélanet.

    In total, 30 new gardens or green showpieces will be going in display in 2013, designed by teams of all disciplines (including landscape gardeners, botanists, designers, stage designers, visual artists and acousticians) and of all ages, whose inventiveness and creativity will fi re your imagination and whisk you away on all sorts of journeys.

    Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire is continuing its transformation, initiated in 2012 with Louis Benech’s creation of the new Parc des Prés du Goualoup. In 2013, the Historic Park is beginning its own metamorphosis with many trees being pruned and replaced under the vigilant eye of Benech again.

    Open from 24th April to 20th October 2013, the International Garden Festival will also be hosting “Conversations under the tree”, “Nocturnes” every evening in the summer and will close with a celebration of “Autumn Splendours”.

    Opening times

    • The Festival is open daily from 24 April to 20 October 2013, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (opening hours vary depending on season).
    • Guided tours of a selection of gardens last about 1¼ hours. Unaccompanied visits require a good 2 hours.
    • The Château and the Historic Grounds are open all year round, exhibitions from 6 April to 11 November 2013.
    • As from April, the Château is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (opening hours vary depending on season).

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