Still around the Loire Valley, which is nowadays homologated as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, you would notice that a certain cultural life has always been rich in this multi-faceted territory… With the presence of kings, painters, writers and poets who were in quest of a fluvial inspiration.
The first example would be the International Festival of Gardens of the Castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2022. At this occasion, the thematic edition of this year completes the original perennial gardens, plus a focus around the idea of “ideal garden”. A good way to display a selection of landscaping and design artists were invited to express themselves within unique inspired art installations (photo credits: AP & AF).
Indeed, the 2022 year celebrates 30 years of creations, inspired by historical or poetic, educational or ecological themes, within this International Garden Festival. Therefore, this “ideal garden” actual thematics tends to revisit our connection with nature and plants, especially since the growth of urbanization and even global warming phenomenons. Then, with a visible global desire for sustainable nature and responsible food concerns, would you find the perfect harmony and taste, where you could find a certain well-being and happiness?
For your information, a real challenge has been proposed to the several designers of those 2022′ edition gardens, who had to propose personal projects able to synthesize different (and sometimes contradictory) notions of realism, colorful weddings or even unexpected illusion.
Therefore, we invite you to appreciate the know-how of those landscaping artists, illustrated by the use of innovative materials, original plants and stagings, while unveiling new surprising gardening techniques, for incredible results to stare at. In those ideal gardens rediscover all kinds of forgotten virtues and qualities of a garden can provide, versus the countless contemporary constraints to be considered.
The various designers have then proposed a lot of innovative plots, concentrating many vegetal creations, full of beauty and emotion, but also of messages, in order to surprise and amaze visitors. A good occasion to celebrate the anniversary date of the creation of this unmissable Festival International des Jardins of Chaumont-sur-Loire, after two years of pandemic pause. Moreover, each of the 30 selected designers, among 250 candidatures, enjoyed a total freedom to deal with the theme of the year.
Therefore, initially built around 1050, this fortress of Chaumont-sur-Loire was set to control the border between the counties of Blois and Anjou. Owned by the Amboise family during 500 years, the metamorphosis of this beautiful edifice, into a leisure Renaissance styled castle, was even operated by Charles II of Amboise.
We could say that this dynamics may have been launched from 1875, with the acquisition of this domain by Marie-Charlotte-Constance Say, when she started to decorate the countless rooms with a touch of Renaissance furniture and design the castle for opulent receptions. This crazy project was made possible with the help of the brilliant architect Paul-Ernest Sanson, who also designed the surrounding luxurious stables, proposing a complete upholstery designed by Hermès.
Under this beautiful site, let you seduced by the opportunity of a Loire river escapade. Therefore, Aurélien may be considered as a passionate sailor, and his cruising project of Moments de Loire is undoubtedly a tailored and intimate river experience, possibly to try once in your lifetime. The concept is the possibility to safely navigate on the only wild European river with such a kind and well informed guide, along even some of your friends.
Don’t hesitate then to ask Aurelien for specific privatizations of his boat, such as specific customized trips, at the occasion of professional meetings or private appointments, where you could eventually meet skilled Loire specialized fishermen, but also gastronomic chefs, musicians and storytellers… Then, hurry up to ride like the wind with or without this large traditional orange sail, and discover the treasure of the Loire river!