Author(s): Louisa Jones
The international garden festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire, set in the beautiful Loire valley in France, has been a showcase for cutting-edge garden design since its first year in 1992. It has boasted such prestigious names as Fernando Caruncho, Peter Latz, Adriaan Geuze, Michel Desvigne and Peter Walker, as well as rising new talent from around the world. This stunning selection of outstanding designs is grouped together in six themes presenting the thought and inspiration behind the gardens. The concepts, techniques and materials of over thirty-six main examples are discussed and illustrated along with details of many more. Practical, thought-provoking commentaries support this rich visual source, which also includes the designers? original plans and sketches. A comprehensive reference section with further details of gardens and designers completes the book. With a foreword by the founder of the Chaumont Festival and Fernando Caruncho, this is a unique record of a vital influence in the shaping of contemporary garden design.
Chaumont. The cutting-edge of garden design set amongst the formal gardens and parterres of the chateaux in the Loire valley. Controversial, outrageous, this is THE showcase for today's contemporary garden designers. The bizarre and the quirky, the natural and organic, the traditional and the downright outrageous; all set against the backdrop of the beautiful, stately chateau of Chaumont-sur-Loire. Founded in 1992, it has surpassed the hopes and aspirations of its founder Jean-Paul Pigeat and its many supporters, stunning the horticultural world each year with the talent and imagination of up-and-coming designers. An eclectic mix of styles, all the gardens focus on nature for their inspiration but the ideas that emanate then display the variety and range of vibrant art and design styles within the gardening world today. This fabulously produced book features a selection of over 36 designs, explaining the thought and concept of each. Lavishly illustrated, it should draw the reader across the Channel to visit for themselves this extraordinary annual festival which is sure to continue for many more years to come, each year providing an inspirational stepping stone to the next. - Lucy Watson
Louisa Jones is the author of numerous books on gardens, including Kitchen Gardens of France, The French Country Garden and Gardens of Provence.
Foreword by Jean-Paul Pigeat; preface by Fernando Caruncho - Introduction The Chaumont Story - 1. Global Ties - 2. What Plants Can Do - 3. Outdoor Art - 4. Time and Change - 5. The Landscape Question - 6. Wit and Whimsy Notes, lists of gardens by year, contact details, bibliography, picture credits, index