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Festival des Jardins Springs Up Across the Côte d’Azur

Running from 9 May to 9 June 2021, the Festival des Jardins will feature 75 landscape gardens across the Côte d’Azur, including Monaco for the first time!

Visit the splendid landscape gardens from 9 May to 9 June 2021 © Festival des Jardins

To welcome the flourishing of spring and also to liven up a bleak year, the Festival du Jardin is displaying magnificent gardens across the Côte d’Azur and Monaco, welcoming us into private and often unseen botanical sanctuaries. From 9 May to 9 June 2021, 75 gardens will be open to the public, 14 of which have been given the coveted national accolade of a ‘Jardin Remarkable’ label. There will also be 13 special installations from world-renowned landscape designers in competition, plus an additional 11 private gardens out of competition.

The theme for the third edition of the festival is ‘Jardins d’Artistes’, a homage to the intense creativity that is nurtured by nature. Not only have many artists, whether writers, poets, painters or sculptors, used plants as a source of inspiration; some of them even made their own garden a mirror of their creativity, or a work of garden, so to speak. The President of the Alpes-Maritimes Department points out the influence of gardens on some of the most important French artists through history: “I am thinking here of Giverny, Claude Monet's plant palette and the true embodiment of the impressionist soul; of the Clos Lucé, an exceptional green setting where Leonardo da Vinci nourished his passion for botany; of Kandinsky's garden of abstraction in Murnau, but also of the garden of Portlligat, Salvador Dali's surrealist haven of peace...”

From 9 May to 9 June, we can discover a real open-air museum through 24 artistic gardens, including 13 ephemeral creations for the competition in 5 communes of the department and, for the first time in the festival's history, there will be gardens in Monaco, plus 11 which are not part of the competition.

David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes and President of the Côte d’Azur Tourism Board, emphasised the historical link of the Côte d'Azur to its heritage of perfume creation. In a nod to history, 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the famous Chanel N°5 fragrance, born in Cannes in 1921.

Jean Mus, landscape designer and spokesman for the Festival says it best: “To tell a garden is to tell the story of a lifetime…”

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