International Garden Festival
Every year, more than 400,000 visitors flock to Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, which has hosted the International Garden Festival since 1992. It will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016!
This event paints a panoramic picture of landscape design from around the world every year. Over 25 seasons, more than 700 gardens have been designed in the Festival grounds – all prototypes of the gardens of tomorrow, constantly showcasing new plants, new materials, original approaches and innovative concepts.
Alongside up-and-coming talents still to make a name for themselves, selected through an international competition in which more than 300 multidisciplinary teams take part every year, highly acclaimed landscapers of the likes of Shodo Suzuki, Emilio Ambasz, Peter Walker and Louis Benech have also been invited to design gardens at Chaumont throughout all these years. Architects such as Shigeru Ban, JeanMichel Wilmotte, Wang Shu, Alexandre Chemetov, Michel Corajoud and Dominique Perrault, designers including Pablo Reinoso and Patrick Jouin, visual artists like Anne and Patrick Poirier or Ernesto Neto, as well as Bob Wilson, Macha Makaïeff and Benjamin Millepied from the stage performance and dance worlds have brought their talents to bear in the Festival too.