Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire
Tel: 33 2 54 20 99 22
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Chaumont Garden Festival stands out from other garden festivals, in that it is as much for design buffs as garden ones. Each year, more than 25 international landscape designers, gardeners, artists, and architects are chosen according to a theme (for example, weeds, water, vegetables, and games), and the resulting designs are often wildly experimental. Over the years, participants have included L.A.'s Morphosis; botanist Patrick Blanc, who developed his vertical vegetal walls here; and theater directors Macha Makeïeff and Jérôme Deschamps. The Château de Chaumont, an intimate turreted affair, is also open to the public.
Open end of April through mid-October.