A great lover of art and gardens, Prince Amyn Aga Khan was behind the successful move of the famous Journées des plantes Garden Show from Courson (Essonne department) to the Domaine de Chantilly (Oise département) in 2015. Established in 1982 by the late Patrice Fustier and his wife Hélène and with their blessing, it continues to be a key event in the gardening world.
Prince Amyn Aga Khan is an active member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Domaine de Chantilly, set up in 2005 by his older brother His Highness the Aga Khan IV, the Iman of Nizari Ismailis, a community formed during the 11th century.
The Foundation has been entrusted with preserving and promoting the historic site of the Domaine de Chantilly on behalf of and in coordination with its owner, the Institut de France, until 2025.
The Foundation’s mission is twofold: make the Domaine sustainable, in keeping with the Duke of Aumale’s legacy to the Institut de France in 1884, and promote the Domaine de Chantilly as part of the world’s cultural landscape.
Since it was set up, the Foundation has planned and supervised an extensive renovation and restoration programme, in order to preserve the entire Domaine (Château, Grounds and Great Stables). The Foundation has thus launched numerous projects to preserve and restore historic features and buildings on the site, including the gardens and art collections, as part of a programme to improve the cultural offering and facilities for visitors.
The 2019 jury
- Prince Amyn AGA KHAN, President of the jury
- Chantal COLLEU-DUMOND, Director of the Domain and International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire
- Olivier BEDOUELLE, Landscaper
- Bénédicte BOUDASSOU, Journalist
- Richard CAYEUX, Agronomist, iris breeder
- Soazig DEFAULT, Landscaper, journalist
- Ariane DELILEZ, Secretary-General of the French Landscape Federation
- Jean-Marc DIMANCHE, Artistic consultant
- Pascal GARBE, Director of the Laquenexy Fruit Gardens [Moselle]
- Guillaume HENRION, President of the Centre-Loire Valley Region Association of Parks and Gardens
- Jean-Pierre LE DANTEC, Historian, writer, engineer and former director of the National School of Architecture of Paris - La Villette
- Sylvie LIGNY, Journalist, President of the AJJH (Association of Gardening and Horticulture Journalists)
- Dominique MASSON, Advisor for Gardens, World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage / Centre-Loire Valley Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs (DRAC)
- Catherine MULLER, President of the UNEP (National Office – landscape businesses)
- Vincent PIVETEAU, Director of the National School of Landscape of Versailles
- Dany SAUTOT, Author, curator
- Bernard CHAPUIS, Landscaper