Côte d’Azur Gardens Festival

Edition 2023

The Côte d’Azur Gardens Festival invites you to its 4th edition from 25 March to 1 May 2023 with a new theme : SURPRISING PERSPECTIVES.

2023 festival presentation

The Alpes-Maritimes Department has preserved a natural heritage of exceptional richness and diversity with 75 gardens open to the public including 14 labeled « Remarkable Garden ».

To highlight this sumptuous heritage, the Department of the Alpes-Maritimes has been organizing since 2017 a biennial event dedicated to the gardens :

The « Côte d’Azur Gardens Festival», whose 4th edition will be held
From Saturday 25th March 2021 to Monday 1st May 2023

Public

Aimed at lovers of nature, gardens and botany, residents of the Alpes-Maritimes, visitors from all over the world, schoolchildren, students in landscape, architecture, design or horticulture schools, artists, and professionals in the sector.

Thematic 2023

For the 4th edition of the Festival, the theme chosen is
"SURPRISING PERSPECTIVES"

The play of perspectives has been part of the art of landscaping for centuries. The greatest landscape architects have always been able to dramatise gardens to make them works of art in their own right. To do this, they have played with optical effects, using paths, alignments or focal points such as a tree, a plant, a water feature or a sculpture... Structuring one's garden by playing with perspectives will be the challenge of this 4th edition.

Thus, the visitor will be surprised by the play of lights and shadows, open or intimate perspectives, atypical paths, places to rest, and landscape settings where the association of plants will be highlighted.

Contest

As part of the Côte d’Azur Gardens Festival, the Alpes-Maritimes Department is organizing a competition of 17 ephemeral landscape creations open from February to June 2022.

The competition is managed by the Tourism Section, in partnership with the municipalities hosting the creations and aims to reward the winning landscape creation elected by the members of the jury. For the 2023 edition, the creations of national and international teams will be spread over five municipalities of the department and the Principality of Monaco.

Each municipality will host 2 or 3 ephemeral gardens, free to the public during the day, all along the Festival, from March 25 to May 1st, 2023.

The gardens presented will feature a studied layout and precise finishes to delight visitors and should consider the challenges of sustainable development.

The creations of national and international teams will be selected in the autumn of 2022 by a Technical Committee.

The creations will be appreciated in 2023 by 3 jury groups and 7 prizes will be awarded.

4 prizes

The jury prize

awarded by the Festival Jury made up of elected officials, personalities, and representatives of gardens.

The GREEN Deal prize

for the most eco-responsible garden, awarded by the Festival jury.

The press prize

will be presented by a jury p of journalists from the specialized press gardens of France but also Europe.

The Landscape Professionals' prize

presented by UNEP (National Union of Landscape Enterprises), distinguishes the achievement that best meets the criteria of this award.

3 favourite

A "Coup de Coeur" prize will be awarded by each of the 3 juries.

The 2023 Côte d'Azur Garden Festival will also offer several pop-up gardens related to the Festival theme and numerous activities, conferences, guided tours, creative workshops...