Concept Garden Tastic at Chaumont International Garden Festival
Today Hugo and I went to Chaumont International Garden Show in France, near Tours. The garden show is entirely dedicated to concept gardens plus there are interesting art installations in the main Park. What an incredible setting for a Garden Show. It’s on permanently from April through to October which means that the designers have the added challenge of ensuring the show gardens look good throughout 3 seasons.
There are 24 gardens to see and it takes a good 3 or 4 hours to wander around. Whilst they are all executed well, some are better than others as you would expect at a show (and of course its all down to personal opinion).
For me, the big take out from the day was how the different gardens make you ‘feel’ governs whether they are successful or not. Some gardens didn’t effect me at all, in fact I just felt disappointed and unsure what they were trying to convey.
Some gardens made you feel sad, empty, almost uncomfortable in their appearance, but at least that was part of the intention (I hope!). The big theme for the show this year is Biodiversity and the Future of Gardens. So many gardens had stark warning messages; ‘we must amend our ways now or this may be our future’. The most effective gardens, were those that excited me in their clever execution, they looked beautiful even if, for some, they had negative messages to convey. Not all were doom and gloom! Here were my top 5:
- Garden 2 – Sculptillonnage, designed by Corinne Julhiet-Detroyat and Claude Pasquer
- Garden 11 – Handle with care, designed by Jeroen Jacobs and Maarten Jacobs
- Garden 13 – The nature of things, designed by Soline Portmann, Aurélie Zita and Mioko Tanaka
- Garden 15 – Between sky and earth, designed by Wang Xiangrong
- Garden 20 – The Take Away Garden, designed by Steve Papps, Jo Chapman and Jackie Bennett