Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival Pictures

Loire Valley, France

Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire, village and Loire River, Loire Valley, France

Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire hovering above its support village and the Loire River.

Visiting Château Chaumont-sur-Loire’s Garden Festival

This château is very easy to reach from the central Loire Valley and has a lovely fairy-tale appearance but the bugcrew did not enter the castle itself, suspecting that – like other chateaux with specialities – the alternatives would be of minor interest.

We were focused on the gardens and particularly the section hosting the apparently unhinged International Garden Festival, le Festival International des Jardins, that runs annually from the end of April to mid-October.

Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Loire Valley, France

Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire.

International Garden Festival, Festival International des Jardins, Loire Valley, France

A meditation/yoga garden, one of 26 wildly differing spaces in the Festival International des Jardins. The 2010 Garden Festival title was ‘Jardins corps et âme‘, Body and Soul Gardens.

Tea Garden, Festival International des Jardins, Loire Valley, France

The tea garden.

Bird-Songs Garden, Festival International des Jardins, Loire Valley, France

Press-a-button-and-Listen-to-various-Bird-Songs Garden.

Newly-marrieds in the Smashed-Mirror Garden, Festival International des Jardins, Loire Valley, France

Newly-marrieds enjoying the Smashed-Mirror Garden.