Every time we go from Blois to Amboise, we pass Château de Chaumont, which stands majestically above the Loire River, with a quaint little row of houses below.
I visited it some years ago and was not very impressed with the inside which is rather delapidated. It must have been in the winter too because I don’t remember the gardens at all and I found the view of the river quite austere. Quite by accident today, we decided to visit the gardens where the 20th edition of the International Garden Festival is being held.
What a wonderful discovery! The gardens, with the château as a backdrop, are absolutely delightful. I just love the colours and the wonderful, sweeping view of the Loire which in summer is far more attractive than in winter, I can assure you!
The festival entries are a little uneven in quality – some are lovely while others seem somewhat naive. But all thirty gardens are interesting.
We then visited the vegetable garden and the historical garden with its sweeping cedars.
Despite the price (11 euro per person), I’m definitely coming back again next year!International Garden Festival of Chaumont Château de Chamont Loire Valley between Blois and Amboise April to October every year