It’s some years since I final visited the backyard competition at Chaumont and my goodness it has upped its sport within the intervening years. Final time I went it was extra idea than realisation – and the chateau gardens past the competition have been nothing exceptional. This 12 months it’s an occasion of a special order – the vast majority of the twenty 9 Pageant Gardens are well-designed and well-planted and meet the problem of trying good for six months reasonably than the week most present gardens have to final. The French do like their gardens to be thought-provoking – this 12 months’s theme is Collector’s Gardens- which is interpreted in very various methods from La serre de victorias a stunning intrepretation of a standard French greenhouse (in plastic!) stuffed with big waterlilies to Le Jardin du Teinturier (The Dyer’s Backyard) that’s based mostly on the tanneries of Marrakesh.
Every backyard has an evidence on the entrance in each French and English which may be very useful and undoubtedly price studying to get essentially the most from the gardens.
The Pageant runs till November 1st, however the in depth chateau grounds are open all of the 12 months spherical and have quite a few artwork installations in addition to some fantastic seasonal planting within the gardens resulting in the chateau.
I simply wished I had allowed a full day at Chaumont – I based mostly on my timing on my earlier go to – an enormous mistake. Till the top of August the gardens are additionally open from 10pm to midnight for Jardins de Lumiere when each the chateau and its gardens are illuminated. www.domaine-chaumont.fr