The third edition of the Côte d’Azur Garden Festival will take place from May 9 to June 11 on the French Riviera in France. It made up of 4 strands: a contest of landscape creations, out-of-competition gardens, a series of conferences and many other activities throughout the department of the Alpes-Maritimes. The ambition of the festival is to bring the Côte d’Azur up to a leading destination for tourism related to gardens. The theme of the 3rd edition is “Artists’ Gardens”.
Gardens have always inspired the greatest artists in the fields of literature, sculpture, painting, cinema and photography. The relationship between the artist and the garden takes many forms. Some artists, who love their plants as much as they love their works, are passionate gardeners. Combining gardening and art, they transpose plants into their work and imbue their garden with their creative spirit. Fascinated by nature, they sometimes become landscape gardeners to recreate the landscape in their own image.
Charles Ange Ginésy, President of the Alpes-Maritimes Department declares: “From May 9 to June 9, 2021, it is a real open-air museum that we will be able to discover through 13 ephemeral creations in competition in 5 municipalities of the department and, for the first time in the history of the Festival, in Monaco , and 11 standout gardens. This Festival, created in 2017 to promote our exceptional cultural heritage and strengthen the tourist appeal of the Alpes-Maritimes, will have a special flavor this year more than ever. Originally scheduled for April, we have done everything possible to keep this event going. After a dark year, it will be an opportunity for each of us, on the Riviera, passionate or amateur, to reconnect with art and nature. »
Landscape creations made by passionate professionals will feature an authentic universe with an area of 200 m² and taking into account the challenges of sustainable development. This free meeting is intended for lovers of nature, gardens and botany, residents of the Alpes-Maritimes, students in landscape architecture, design or horticulture schools, artists as well as professionals in the sector.
The competing gardens are:
❖ In Antibes-Juan-les-Pins in the sublime Pinède Gould:
“Danseuse plastique” designed by the Italian designer Julia Georgi and the Politecnico di Milano,
and “Meeting the senses” directed by Finnish landscape designer Kairi Meos, Heidi Hannus and Svetlana Lavrentyeva.
❖ In Cannes in the magnificent setting of Villa Rothschild:
“Folie Folia” by Livia Kolb and Virginie Alexe,
and “Complantation / Contemplation” by Catherine Baas and Christophe Tardy.
❖ In Grasse, in the garden of Villa Fragonard:
“La Fibre artistique” by Elodie Cottar and Marion Hintzy,
and “Un aperçu de paradis” by Johan Picorit and Ambroise Jeanvoine.
❖ In Menton, in the bright Biovès garden:
“Rendez-vous chez l’artiste” created by Johanna Bonella and Abel Flosi,
and “Hybridations artistiques” by Aurélien Davroux and Michel Lopez.
❖ In Nice, in the heart of the Albert I garden:
“Le jardin de l’orientaliste” imagined by Vincent Confortini and Louise Lefebvre,
“Where the plants tell the tales” by Andréa Russo and Vincenzo Nardi,
and “Le labyrinthe des Muses” created by Italian artist Daniela Donisi.
❖ In the Principality of Monaco:
” Libérez les nanas” realized by Christophe Gautrand,
and “D’un rêve à l’autre” by Chinese artist Maggie Wu Wai Chung.
11 ephemeral “stand-out” gardens to discover on several sites on the French Riviera and this year 3 municipalities are joining the “hors concours” festival: Cap-D’ail, Mandelieu-la Napoule and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Together with the competing municipalities, they will present a total of 11 “stand-out” gardens, created by the green space services of each community. The festival’s partners, the Antibes Vert d´Azur Campus, the National Union of Landscape Companies and the Association of Garden and Horticultural Journalists, will also offer gardens specially created for the occasion.
Throughout the Festival, many activities and a treasure hunt will be offered in the municipalities of Antibes, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Cannes, Cap d’Ail, Eze, Grasse, La Brigue, La Gaude, Le Cannet, Mandelieu – La Napoule, Menton, Monaco, Nice, Peymeinade, Plan-du Var, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Vallauris, in compliance with health measures. For this 3rd edition, the Pépinière Sainte Marguerite, Fragonard and Arkopharma have renewed their support for the festival.