A gardeners’ garden in the Loire

Chaumont is an exceptional setting for a garden festival, on the banks of the Loire river

Jane Hanks looks at the diverse array of green-fingered goodies available year-round on the fabled banks of the Loire

The gardens of the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire are unique because every year there are 30 temporary gardens created by international designers on show from April to the beginning of November, as well as fifteen works of art on a nature theme.

The exhibitions are set in 32 hectares of 19th century parkland belonging to the Domaine’s beautiful chateau on the banks of the Loire River and the site has been owned and run by the regional authority, the Centre-Loire Valley, since 2008.

It is open every day other than Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and there are year-round events including the Art and Nature Season and the International Garden Festival in the spring and summer, and the Chaumont-Photo-sur-Loire photography ...

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