Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, welcomes the success of the 2019 Rendez-vous aux jardins in France and Europe. The Minister visited the Genshagen Foundation in Brandenburg, Germany, on Friday 7 June to launch this 2nd edition at European level with Monika Grütters, Deputy Minister for the Federal Chancellor, Delegate to the Federal Government, in charge of Culture and Media.

On this occasion, Franck Riester stressed that "Visiting gardens is a cultural practice equal to a monument or museum. The Ministry of Culture is working to make green heritage accessible and understandable by all and especially by the youngest, in France and in Europe".

The Rendez-vous aux jardins was launched in 2018 at the European level as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This year, across France and in the nineteen other European countries that have joined this great European garden festival, more than 2 million visitors have discovered the nearly 3,000 open gardens, sometimes exceptionally, and participated in one of the 6,000 events organized for this occasion.

During the whole weekend animals were in the spotlight in the gardens with more than half of the animations dedicated to them (guided tours at night to discover bats and other animals living at night, workshops to make shelters for the wildlife of the gardens, conferences and exhibitions on biological control, etc.). This theme highlighted the utility and fragility of this wildlife and the need to preserve the balance between biodiversity and ecosystems in gardens.

2019, was also the occasion for Jamy Gourmaud, host of the programs «Côté jardins» and «Le Monde de Jamy», broadcast on France 3, to join this cultural event as a sponsor.

With the launch of the "pass rendez-vous to the gardens", the Ministry of Culture has also emphasized, this year, the creation of a new dynamic in favor of the establishment of circuits of visits, highly expected by the visitors, and the accessibility of gardens to as many people as possible, especially families. For this first year, nearly thirty tours of local gardens combining three or four private and public gardens have been created.

The variety of the programme offered in the 20 participating European countries has enabled visitors of all ages to celebrate the art of gardens - a common heritage unique in Europe - from the largest park to the smallest local, historic or contemporary garden.

The Ministry of Culture thanks the private partners (Crédit Agricole and Val'Hor), media (Autoroute Info 107.7, Radio Vinci Autoroute 107.7, Sanef 107.7, Science et Vie TV, l'Ami des jardins, la Croix, Phoenix Stories and France TV) and institutional institutions. (Centre des monuments nationaux, Association des Maires de France, RATP, Comité des parcs et jardins de France, Demeure Historique, Vieilles maisons Françaises, les villes et pays d'Art et d'histoire).

The 2020 edition of the Rendez-vous aux jardins will take place on Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June on the theme of knowledge transfer.

All information on the official website of the Rendez-vous aux jardins:

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In France

2,400 open gardens (1,400 private gardens and 1,000 public gardens), including 270 first participations and 400 exceptional openings
4,000 animations organized including 1,100 for young audiences
415 «Remarkable gardens» opened ( 38 new labels) on a total of gardens labeled «Remarkable garden» throughout the territory
More than 700 cities committed to the operation

In Europe

19 other participating European countries (Andorra, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Monaco, the Netherlands, Romania, the Czech Republic Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Switzerland, etc.)
680 open gardens, including 400 gardens from June 7 to 9 and 280 on the weekend of June 1 and 2
2,300 events organized including 1,250 on the weekend of June 7 to 9 and 1070 on the first weekend of June
cross-border routes such as "From the Jura to the Canton of Vaud", "From the Moselle to the Saar", "From Menton to Monaco", "From the Eastern Pyrenees to Andorra", "From Occitania to Blanès in Catalonia", etc.

Examples of attendance:

Exceptionally open gardens of places of power in France and Europe:

Les jardins de l'hôtel de Matignon à Paris 7 e , Ile-de-France, Friday - day specially dedicated to school students, Saturday and Sunday (5000 visitors); les jardins de l'hôtel de Beauvau Paris 1 er , Ministry of the Interior, recently restored in 2016, (450 visitors on Sundays); the gardens of the Italian Embassy in Paris 7 th with «the Vegetable Garden of Leonardo da Vinci» just inaugurated on the occasion of the 500 th anniversary of his death (two full visits on reservation) ; the botanical gardens of Villa Medici in Rome, Italy (700 visitors); the Karoly Castle Park in Hungary (8,500 visitors on the first weekend of June); in Germany, the Schloss Dyck in Jüchen (5,000 visitors) and the Gartenträume – Historische Parks – in Magdeburg (1200 visitors); the multiple gardens of the city of Prague (about 500 visitors per garden).

In France

Friday, June 7, a day dedicated to school students (400 classes and more than 8,000 students) across the country

The gardens of the Hotel de Matignon in Paris 7 e (650 schoolchildren and students of landscape and horticulture schools); the botanical and exotic gardens of the villa Ephrussi de Rothshild, St Jean Cap Ferrat, jewel of the French Riviera (525 visitors) ; the gardens of the Domaine de Valombreuse, the first botanical and floral park of Guadeloupe (350 students); the Sedan botanical garden in the Ardennes, built at the end of the 19th century by the landscaper René Richer (350 students); the garden-theatre of the Moulin Jaune at the Slava clown in Crécy-la-Chapelle, Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France), place of contemporary landscape creation and artistic residence labeled «Remarkable Garden» (320 students); Parc Simon in Augny en Moselle, Grand Est, English landscaped park (250 students) ; the food gardens of the Carmel of Abbeville inspired by the Middle Ages, Somme, Hauts-de-France (180 students); the medieval garden of the cloister of the Jacobins in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Occitanie, first participation, recently recreated (150 students).

And throughout the weekend:

The Parc des Roches engraved in Trois Rivières, Guadeloupe (500 children participated in workshops); the garden of the Paul Belmondo museum in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, Ile-de-France), an artistic testimony to the great vitality of the classical style of the interwar period (300 children).

1100 activities organized on the theme of animals in the garden:

The Sarrat Park in Dax, Landes, Nouvelle Aquitaine (1,000 visitors including 150 for the "art and biodiversity" conference).

70 organized circuits including several unpublished in the heart of the cities:

Circuit «Art au Jardin» in Lion-sur-Mer, Calvados, Normandy (1500 walkers); circuit of the gardens of the country of Art and history of Bastides du Rouergue, Villefranche-de-Roergue, Occitanie (600 walkers); circuit of 5 gardens in the heart of the city of Cognac in Charentes, Nouvelle Aquitaine (500 participants).

The "Rendez-vous aux jardins" tours, new for 2019:

Circuit of the «7 gardens» in Vierzon, Cher, Centre-Val-de-Loire (1,800 visitors); circuit of the three Roseraies du Loiret near Pithiviers, Centre-Val-de-Loire (250 participants); Circuit of gardens in the Cher: Apremont floral park, priory of Orsan and garden of the castle of Ainay the Old (250 participants).

Wide-open “Remarkable Gardens” (415 participants):

Château de Villandry gardens (5,000 visitors) and Château de Chenonceau gardens (9,700 visitors) Indre-et-Loire, Centre - Val-de-Loire; Chamerolles gardens, Loiret, Centre-Val-de-Loire (800 visitors); Claude Monet gardens in Giverny, Eure, Normandy (3,100 visitors); the Domaine de Trévarez in Saint-Goazec, a garden labelled «Remarkable Contemporary Architecture», Finistère, Brittany (1,700 visitors); the Parc de Bagatelle, Paris, Ile-de-France (5,800 visitors); the gardens of the Eyrignac manor house, Salignac-Eyvigues, Dordogne, Nouvelle Aquitaine (850 visitors, +30% / 2018); the gardens of the Château de Bournazel, Aveyron, Occitanie (750 visitors, +50% / 2018); the gardens of the national domain of Saint-Cloud, Hauts-de-Seine, Ile-de-France (2,700 visitors); the gardens of the Domaine de Trévarez, Finistère, Brittany (1,700 visitors); the «garden of the Mediterranean», domaine du Rayol, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, created by the landscaper Gilles Clément (900 visitors).

Guided tours by professionals:

Guided tours led by the animator of the city of Art and History (VPAH) of Martigues, Bouches-du-Rhône, PACA (300 registered); visit of the gardens and green spaces of the city of Pau, Nouvelle Aquitaine (40 animations and 2000 visitors) ; circuit Vauban led by the VPAH of Lille, Hauts-de-France (150 participants); circuit of the banks of Marne led by the CAUE of Créteil, île-de France (200 registered).

Cross-border journeys:

«From the Moselle to the Saar», (1200 walkers); Schloss Dyck in Jüchen, Germany, (5000 visitors); Gartenträume - Historische Parks, Magdeburg, Germany (1200 visitors); Schloss Schwetzingen Gardens, Germany (5500 visitors) ; the gardens of Villa Medici in Rome, Italy (750 visitors on reservation).

A panorama of open gardens, testimony to the art of gardens over the centuries:

The contemporary sequoia garden in Limont-Fontaine, Nord, Hauts-de-France (800 visitors); the Vizille Estate Gardens, regular garden and landscaped park, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (10,000 visitors); the gardens of the Cistercian abbey of Fontfroide, Narbonne, Occitanie (4,000 visitors); Pays d’Auge gardens in Cambremer, Calvados, Normandy (500 visitors); Mark Rudkin’s contemporary gardens at the Impressionist Museum in Giverny, Eure, Normandy (500 visitors) ; the botanical and exotic gardens of Vauville, Cotentin, Normandy (400 visitors); the Cailletière garden, a recent creation, Dolus d'Oléron, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle Aquitaine (300 visitors).