Côte d'Azur Garden Festival

An eco-friendly festival

The Festival is part of a sustainable development approach by implementing a number of actions to reduce its impact on the environment

A « GREEN Deal » event

The Côte d'Azur Garden Festival is part of the "GREEN Deal" initiative which aims to lead the Alpes-Maritimes to reference territory in the field of sustainable development and place the question of ecological transition at the heart of the Département’s action.

The Festival is part of a sustainable development approach by implementing a number of actions to reduce its impact on the environment:

  • An eco-responsible communication: use of paper from sustainably managed forests (PEFC label) for communication media, documents available for download on the website, use of natural inks and environmentally friendly medium (recyclable tarpaulins)...

  • Highlighting of natural areas and action in favour of pollination: edition of a map on parks and gardens, dispensing of apiarant flora seed bags,

  • Limited use of private car and incentive to use soft and low-emission transportation modes: encouragement of the public to favour public transport, walking, cycling and car sharing for transportation,

  • For catering, favouring ecofriendly and local products,

  • Durability and recycling of the creations: some Municipalities (Menton, Antibes and Grasse) will keep and maintain the “pop up” (ephemeral) gardens long after the Festival, Antibes Juan-les-Pins will preserve the Unep school garden and the Municipal out of competition garden, all the plants and materials used for the creations will be recovered and reused by the creators or the Municipalities,

  • Proposal of activities related to sustainable development identifiable by the creation of a specific logo "eco-responsible activity",

  • Consciousness raising to no pesticides with the inclusion in the contest specifications of no pesticides requirement for the “pop-up” (ephemeral) gardens.

  • "GREEN Deal" ceremony award for the most ecological garden.

Environmentally friendly creations

  • Particular emphasis will be placed on environmental issues in the Mediterranean basin in connection with the "Mediterranean Dreams" theme: water management and the banning of pesticides and the search for alternative methods.

  • The Festival will thus be part of the guidelines of the Green Transition for Green Growth Act, which, since the 1st of January 2017, prohibits local authorities from using "pesticides" phytosanitary products in green spaces open to the public; biocontrol products, low-risk qualified products and products that can be used in organic farming remain authorised.

  • In addition, creations will include at least one of the sustainable development aspects (ecological materials, ashes, wood, recycled materials, water management, eco-responsible behaviour, no use of chemicals, etc.).

Awareness of the general public in environmental aspects

A series of conferences, events, consciousness raising workshops and screenings on the sustainable development theme will be organised with relevant actors such as INRA (National Institute for Agronomic Research) or the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and professional organisations.