The Domain’s emblematic event, the International Garden Festival is an international rendezvous on no account to be missed out on, devoted to creation, imagination, poetry and nature. Recognised by garden professionals and amateurs alike since 1992, it welcomes landscapers and designers from all four corners of the globe with each passing year.
It is the result of an annual competition for which a jury selects a score of projects designed by multidisciplinary teams. “Green Cards” are also given to the Domain’s guests. The unveiling of the Festival’s annual theme is a real surprise eagerly awaited by all.
AROUND THE FESTIVAL
- The Prés du Goualoup: created in 2012, the Prés du Goualoup cover over 10 hectares and accommodate permanent gardens connected with such great garden civilisations as Japan, China, Korea and Great Britain, along with a fine selection of contemporary artworks. The Prés provide a home for works by such great architects and landscapers as Yu Kongjiang, Wang Shu (2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize), Che Bing Chiu, Fumiaki Takano, Shodo Suzuki, as well as by internationally renowned artists the likes of Chris Dury, Pablo Reinoso and Andrea Branzi.
- The Small Greenhouse: situated within the festival site, this greenhouse is altogether contemporary in its design and is home to a collection of extraordinary aquatic plants.
- The Vegetable Garden: at the South Entrance to the Domaine, meander through the paths of the vegetable patch and let yourself be guided by the multitude of scents and colours. It is a genuine conservatory of old and forgotten vegetables, for you to discover or rediscover. This modern vegetable garden uses unusual materials and designs. Without a doubt, it is an example to be copied.
- The Dahlias Maze: laid out in the Prés du Goualoup beside the Jardin Miroir (Mirror Garden), the Dahlia Maze, with its footpaths lined with intentionally pale-coloured dahlias, presents a double spiral that beckons you in for a peaceful stroll, or a spot of fun while you try and find the way out.