Landscape gardeners, botanists, stage designers, visual artists and acousticians are behind the 30 new gardens on show at the 22nd edition of the International Garden Festival at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France. We take a tour.
The Impressionist Haystacks
This garden is inspired by the attention paid to haystacks by Claude Monet and other impressionist painters. The beauty of the haystack is seen in the complexity of its construction and landscape gardener Robin Godde paid homage to the architecture of the haystack around the world: from tall and cone-shaped in Poland and stack-packed landscapes in Romania to stacks on horizontal bars in Slovakia.
Anniethi and Hervé Fougeray
The sense of smell is celebrated in this garden which features seven “sniff phones”, each perfumed with their own wild aroma that recall the worlds of cosmonauts, deep sea divers, bikers and even hairdryers.
Invited by Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire to exhibit alongside the gardens in the International Garden Festival, architect and designer Patrick Jouin was given “carte verte” to install his signature discreet, modern asesthetic, which here comes in the form of a clearing of Zen-like clam with a tree trunk elegantly carved into a bench.
The great Chinese landscape gardener Yu Kongjian was also invited to exhibit at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire as part of its “carte verte” project. Inspired by traditional Chinese gardens, Yu, created a small rain garden, Square & Round, meaning Land and Sky, which integrates the contemporary concept of stormwater management with the Chinese gardening philosophy about man and nature.
The Archipelago of Shodo Suzuki
Another new garden at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire is this project by renowned Japanese landscape architect Shodo Suzuki, which was first created for International
Garden Festival in 1993. Its assemblages of loose stones allude to the state of collapse on the verge of which Japan is currently teetering. This is the only garden to have been made by this important landscape architect outside of Japan.
A Landscape to Taste
Pascale Marq, Pierre-Marie Tricaud, Laurence Le Plexis, Emmanuel Taillard, Mechtild Rossler and “Le Potager Extraordinaire”
Conceived as a microlandscape to evoke taste, this garden is all about fragile balance of soil and subsoil that must be achieved to create high quality produce. Designed as a landscape in a painting, the succession of hillsides are cultivated with layers of straw according to the agricultural technique Straw Bale Gardening.
See the Sounds, Listen to the Colors
Julie Aviron, Jérôme Levallard, Alice Gounet and Sarah Schrader
An adventure trail of nature that bursts with colour and noise, this garden is designed to lead the visitor to its centrepiece, a peaceful cocoon created as a place for meditation.
The signature fog sculptures of Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya were first created in 1970 and arrive at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire in this garden that disorientates the visitor with thick fog and thereby activates our other senses to compensate for our loss of sight.
César Gourdon and Amélie Busin
Filled with mirrors and reflections, this garden is designed around the sensation of revealing the “internal landscape” within each of us. When confronted with they jetty at the end of the garden path, the visitor is then confronted with their own introspection.
Project of the Russian Museum of St. Petersburg
Designed by the team of Paysages de Ville “Mox”, Dmitry Golubev, Ivan Burakov, Yury Fomenko and Anna Adasinskaya
Inspired by the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, at the center of this garden lies a black square that symbolises the “beginning of everything”, from which a new garden emerges. Conceived as a landscape that changes with the seasons, the garden tells the story of life, of natural cycles and of the endless renewal of plants.
22nd International Garden Festival
Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
24 April - 20 October 2013
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