Journée des Plantes @ Chantilly

I’ve had a pretty busy weekend this week, but Saturday was definitely the highlight! From 19th – 21st May, the Domaine de Chantilly hosted its annual plant fair, which consistently brings hundreds of exhibitors to this amazing venue.

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The château de Chantilly is a striking backdrop for the exhibits, and included with the event ticket was free entry into the castle, its gardens, and the stables. I did take a trip inside, but I took so many photos, they’ll need a post of their own! But back to the plant fair…

It’s been going for the past 30 years, and attracts only the best. I arrived, expecting a good handful of show gardens, such as you get at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, but it was not the case. A lot of the stands were selling plants, and only one or two were show gardens. This was one of my favourites, however:

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It was created by a gardening institution called Orticolario, and was given the name ‘Reflets’ (or ‘Reflections’ in English), and supposedly represents the space where man meets the cosmos, and the moon, or something… Either way, it was a lot of fun to see and photograph. The reflections on the mirrors and the lake beside it worked really well together to bring the concept to a different level.

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The general theme for the event this year, was ‘Gardening in Technicolour: for an exuberant Spring’, and I saw this in a lot of the displays from exhibitors and vendors alike. I really loved the selection of roses on offer, in so many colours, shapes, and sizes!

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There were even some more exotic stands selling lemon trees, orange trees, and other citrus plants. It was a very fun day, and of course I sampled the incredibly tasty whipped cream (or ‘crème Chantilly’) that the area is famous for.

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To find out more about this year’s show, and other information, please head over to the Domaine’s website here.

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