The International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire in the Loire Valley is one of France's most impressive, and popular, gardening events. The Festival takes place from April 25th to October 31st, but during the high season from July 1st to August 31st, the gardens offer an extra dimension. They are beautifully illuminated with special effects, with white and colored lights that point up very different sights from a daytime visit. Shapes change, and small details become significant as you wander through the warm summer evening getting a very different view from a daytime visit. And this being France, it's all achieved with special lights that use up very little electricity.
Evening Openings: July 1 to August 31, nightly except Fridays, 10pm to midnight
Admission adult 11 euros (7.50 euros with day time ticket)
12 to 18 years 7.50 euros
6 to 11 years 5 eros
Image: An illuminated garden at Chaumont Festival, 2012 © X. Boymond