The opening of the 28th edition of the International Gardenfestival at Chaumont-sur-Loire, what an amazing experience! Madame Chantal Colleu-Dumond held a wonderful speech about all of the paradisegardens at the courtyard of the chateau followed by kind words by some members of this year's jury. The long stream of visitors followed the jury on the way to the gardens afterwards.My French instantly improved by explaining the story behind my perfumegarden in French. Streams of visitors descended the thirteen steps down to my Perfumer's Paradise to immerse themselves into the seven fragrance sections of the garden. The lemons were favourite! The bottlesculpures were much appriciated as well as the golden Leaf of the Liquidambar. It was one visitor who came down to the garden mention the sunbeams warm reflection just at sunset. As a nice dessert, I invited Patrick Blanc, the founder of the Vertical Gardens, into my little paradise to explain the wonders of scented plants. What a wonderful day it was!
Photo-credits Erik Jaap Dijk