When we went to France in the summer, because we were in the Loire Valley we visited a lot of chateaux. Unsurprisingly, after a few days of this the kids (and I) began to get chateauitis. So we started to find ways that DH could indulge his passion for looking round them while entertaining the kids in other ways.
At Chaumont there was a brilliant garden festival in the grounds. The kids were a bit dubious as to the entertainment value, but they soon decided it was worth it. The grounds were divided into several different sections, like small rooms and each had been made into an original garden by a sponsor. The Garden Festival website has a link to each garden with an English version.
The entrance to the festival interested me especially. It had sculptures made from rusty poles.
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will not be surprised to hear that I wanted to enhance it with some fabric!
They especially liked the one sponsored by the French railway company, SNCF, called Just Move It. It had tubs and sections on bits of railway line which you could push and pull about to rearrange it to suit the way you wanted it.
Another noteworthy garden had lots of planters up in the air suspended by wires:
And yet another made the garden look bigger using mirrors:
They also had an interesting garden where you could move various ‘screens’ to frame the flowers planted behind. This made me think of the use of aperture cards to find interesting portions of a design which we learnt about at City & Guilds.
I also liked this garden where they had painted tree trunks blue to make a very sculptural, and rather eery set of figures…
They marched off across this lake as well:
They had a graffiti garden, too!