"Gardens in the Loire Valley 2017" is the third initiative of its kind, coordinated by Mission Val de Loire.
This idea to roll out "cultural seasons" on an inter-regional scale can be traced back to the work conducted within the "network of Loire châteaux and outstanding sites" which now brings together the 22 most popular heritage venues between Sully-sur-Loire and Nantes.
The aim is to unite places and stakeholders around a given theme or key period in history with a view to offering a cultural programme that sheds light on one of the facets, one of the unique features of the Loire Valley, as well as one or other of the values which play a part in its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The first cultural season was held to coincide with the commemoration marking the anniversary of Anne de Bretagne’s death (1514 – 2014) with six of the network’s partner châteaux taking part – those of the Loire Valley where the Queen spent time.
The second, entitled "1515-2015 - François Ier, la Renaissance en Val de Loire", paid tribute to Francis I and the Renaissance in the Loire Valley and extended participation in the initiative beyond solely the Loire châteaux network members to encompass the full length and breadth of Loire Valley heritage. This brought the number of participants to 27: châteaux, towns, heritage promotion stakeholders, artists and one university.