• Festival de la Tomate at Chateau de Bourdaisière

I didn’t even know there were 650 varieties of tomato let alone somewhere that grows them all. Well, Chateau de Bourdaisière has a festival every year to celebrate this wonderful fruit (or is it?). We paid a visit yesterday to join in the celebrations.  A few twists and turns through the residential streets of Montlouis sur Loire bring you to the gates of this pretty chateau which is also a hotel and has beautiful gardens too. Here are a few photos of the Festival de la Tomate.

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The former stables house a café where fresh tomato juice was served

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The chateau which is also a hotel – very pretty indeed

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Stalls selling plants and seeds

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Chutneys, wrought iron garden sculptures and bird baths

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Detail of the chateau

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The entrance to the hotel

The former stables have been beautifully restored and contain a café, shop selling seeds of all varieties and gardening paraphernalia. Outside, the gardens are beautiful with woodland walks, the tomato potager and an area devoted to the chrysanthemum.

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Shade was welcome yesterday as we enjoyed yet another balmy late summer day

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Impossible to believe the number of different tomatoes grown here

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Lovely pink chrysanthemums and a couple of straw hats

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A garden of colour, splendid in the sunshine

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Good to sit awhile and look at the glorious show of colour

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Guests can wander around the gardens

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There’s even a bedroom out here nestling among the flowers

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Every colour you can imagine

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Very cool sculptural seating by the outside dining area

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And a rest somewhere more traditional

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Each section has a multitude of different varieties

And of course a few photos of the inevitable  tomatoes.

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I have it on good authority that these ones are called ‘banana legs’!

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Green Zebra

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Lovely bright yellow ones

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Wonderful colours

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And some new season’s apples too that were tasting delicious!

 

Chateau hotel de la Bourdaisière