Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival, 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.

Château Chaumont-sur-Loire 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
International Garden Festival, Festival International des Jardins, Yoga, 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.

A newly married couple in 'the garden of smashed mirrors' at Chaumont Garden Festival, Loire Valley, France

Newly-marrieds enjoying the Smashed-Mirror Garden.

Chaumont Garden Festival, water garden, Loire Valley, France, Europe September

Is it just me or are those chairs wafting on water?

A spooky installation, Festival International des Jardins, Loire Valley, France

A spooky installation.

A permanent water glade installation in the Chaumont gardens.

bugcrew Recovering from Chaumont's Festival International des Jardins, Loire Valley, France

The bugcrew recovering from a long, hot day at Chaumont Festival International des Jardins.

A little history…

The Château de Chaumont (as it’s also known) was founded in the 10th century by the Count of Blois. It’s located in Loir-et-Cher, central France. Destroyed once under orders from king Louis XI, it was rebuilt in the 15th century. Protected as a monument historique since 1840, the château was given to the state of France in 1938 and is now a museum open to the public. More from Wikipedia