Le Jardin Solstice – Festival International des Jardins au Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire 2020 by Nicholas TOMLAN – Archives départementales du Calvados

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Le Jardin Solstice – Festival International des Jardins au Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire 2020 by Nicholas TOMLAN – Archives départementales du Calvados

Solstice – The International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire 2020

Return to Mother Earth

Nicholas Tomlan’s design, which won the Best Creation award for the festival, was inspired by ancient civilizations and their ideas on the origin of the world. To return to Mother Earth, Nicholas invites us to take a trip to Delphi in Ancient Greece. There, on a hill is a temple once dedicated to Gaia, built where two important solstice lines cross. To the Ancient Greeks, this was the origin of the Earth. These lines were laid out from Delphi to the Atlantic, crossing ancient Gaul along the way.The garden was laid out on two solstice lines, and evokes a ruin where the process of nature is evolving during the festival. The garden was planted with pioneer plants, and planting combinations that give the appearance of natural occurring landscapes.

Nicholas Tomlan

Nicholas Tomlan earned a bachelor’s degree in 1999 in Plant and Soil Science with a concentration in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Delaware. Just after graduating, he was hired at Longwood Gardens, a vast display garden nearby Philadelphia which welcomes more than a million and a half visitors every year. Nicholas Tomlan moved to France in the end of 2014. In 2015, he was hired as botanical director at Château de Chenonceau, where he spent three year. In 2018, he started a garden design business here in France.