The next edition of the Go to the gardens will be held on Friday 7 (day especially dedicated to school students), Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2019 on the theme Animals in the garden.

This event offers to all audiences, initiates and neophytes of all ages, exceptional discoveries and meetings in more than 2,000 parks and gardens, historical and contemporary, and invites them to participate in thousands of events (nearly 4,000 last year) Guided tours, workshops, concerts, demonstrations of know-how, exchanges, etc. set up on this unique occasion.

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, these meetings are aimed at:

  • to make the public discover the panorama of gardens in France (classical garden, landscaped garden, food garden, contemporary garden...),
  • to make visitors aware of the many actions taken to promote knowledge, protection, conservation, maintenance, restoration, creation of gardens and the transmission of know-how,
  • to create fun and educational meetings and exchanges between the public and garden actors: gardeners, owners, private and public, ...

For the second year in a row, these Rendez-vous aux jardins will be developed in other European countries (16 participating countries in 2018).

The theme chosen this year Animals in the garden invites us to reflect on man’s relationship with his environment and with biodiversity. The animal is an indispensable component of gardens. Some animals can be harmful (boxwood borer, rodents, etc.) but others can help maintain the garden (ladybug, pollinators, etc.). In addition, animals can be an ornamental element, such as the peacock, or a recurring subject of statuary.

A study day for all national and regional organizers of this event (nearly 200 participants in 2018) will be organized on Wednesday, February 6th National Heritage Institute, Colbert Amphitheatre.

Les Go to the gardens are organized by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the National Monuments Centre, the Parks and Gardens Committee, the Cities and Countries of Art and History, the Old French Houses, the Historic House, as well as many local authorities. Implemented by the regional Cultural Affairs Directorates, this event benefits from numerous partnerships, both private and public.