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Last updated: 28 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Anna Brooke

Expect the unexpected: Chaumont’s adventurous garden festival is a must whether you’re a plant lover or interested in horticultural design. Far from the conventional vision of sedate floral displays, here artists, designers and architects as well as landscape gardeners create gardens that range from the ingenious to the crazy.

Held in the grounds of a stunning chateau overlooking the Loire, there’s always plenty to inspire. Yearly themes have ranged from weeds and colour to eroticism.

While you’re there 

Make time to visit the grand staterooms and private apartments of the picturesque turreted chateau overlooking the Loire.


Price from: £15
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
Frequency: annually
When: mid-May - October
Duration: 5 months

Getting there & doing it

The Chaumont-sur-Loire Chateau sits between the towns of Blois and Amboise. It’s most easily reached by car (with plenty of parking space), but can also be reached by local train to Onzain on the other side of the river.

This is a non-bookable event. Tickets are sold at the entrance.

When to do it

The exact dates vary, but the event is held from mid-May to the end of October.

Destination guides


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Loire Valley

Loire Valley, France

Exterior of the front of the chateau, with a tree-lined driveway in foreground

Northern France’s beautiful UNESCO-listed valley, home to heart-stoppingly beautiful historic chateaux, authentic village life, world-class wines and fascinating troglodytes.