The Chaumont-sur-Loire Festival is inviting landscape architects to design gardens that showcase the healing potential of nature.

An entry from last year's competition. Photo © E. Sander
An entry from last year's competition. Photo © E. Sander

The International Garden Festival has been staged each year since 1992 at Chaumont-sur-Loire, Centre for Arts and Nature, set in the grounds of a stunning château overlooking the Loire in central France. 

Every year, from May to October, the festival provides a showcase for the world’s leading landscape gardeners, designers and architects, acting as a breeding ground for new talent in garden design. 

For the 2010 Festival, the organisers are holding an international competition for 20 plots of around 210m2. 

Projects must evoke the garden’s positive influence – in terms of therapeutic and healing virtues – on the body, the mind or the environment. At the same time, they need to demonstrate research, scientific and artistic innovation and ensuring a large diversity of plants. 

The closing date for receiving the garden projects is 16 October 2009 before 5 pm. 

For more information, visit the website  or email Elizabeth Mettling.


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