Fêtes des Plantes, Château de Chantilly, France.
How to get there:
30-minute train from Paris to Chantilly, then taxi, shuttle, or walk to the Château. By car, paid parking near the castle, including space for motor homes and vans.
Tickets include visiting the castle, the park and its gardens, and the large stables. You’ll also have access to equestrian events and temporary exhibitions (purchase possible on-site).
See my YouTube tour of Château de Chantilly. I will also post a full tour video of this event soon. Link to YouTube is in my bio, or search for « This French Life. »
The Chantilly Plant Days are unique from other horticultural events in many ways. The location is ridiculously beautiful. Anyone who takes in the perspective of the castle falls in love with it. The Chantilly Plant Days, in the heart of a historic park, combines three glorious eras of garden art: the 17th-century French garden, the 18th-century Anglo-Chinese garden, and the English garden, bathed in the romanticism of the 19th century.
Exhibitors from France and Europe offer exceptional plants in their beauty, rarity, and originality. The European juries are there to validate their choices with different prizes and merits. Please note that you should check your country’s import and airline rules for transporting plants back home.
For those who speak French, this is an incredible opportunity to learn from these remarkable farmers, artisans, and gardeners.
Coming to the Journées des Plantes de Chantilly is both a global experience and the promise of a unique and culturally rich day. The entrance ticket to the event also gives access to the park, the castle and its collection of old paintings, the largest in the world second after the Louvre, the Great Stables, and their horse museum.
With on-site presentations and programs for all ages, the Fêtes des Plantes is an abundant and comprehensive cultural event that goes beyond simple access to an event around plants.