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A flowery weekend between Monaco and the French Riviera to celebrate May.

Updated: May 3

Are you ready to dive in blossoming Nature? The first weekend of May promises to be marked by the beauty of flowers and plants between Monaco and the French Riviera.


The 55ème Concours International de Bouquets (55th International Bouquet Competition) is about to start at the Yacht Club de Monaco under the High Patronage of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince and the Presidency of H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover (since 1982). The two-day iconic event themed Mers et Océans (Seas and Oceans), will be held on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th May 2024, traditionally under the umbrella of the Garden Club de Monaco, non-profit association founded in 1968 by Princess Grace, fond of Nature and flower lover.

Photo >> Floral Composition at the 54th International Bouquets Competition devoted to Circus and to pay tribute to H.S.H. Prince Rainier III (Tunnel Riva, 7th and 8th October 2023) © Garden Club de Monaco

The Fête des Roses et des Plantes (Roses and Plants Festival) at the enchanting gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild will animate Beaulieu-sur-Mer next weekend (4th and 5th May 2024) to celebrate the «L'Année Béatrice» anniversary, paying tibute to Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of her birth. Beatrice was keen on botany and horticulture and passionate about gardens, with special regard to roses.


Photo >> Exhibition of roses at Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild © Villa et les Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

In Monaco, amateurs and professionals will be back to showcase their best ikebana creations to achieve the podium as best bouquets of the year. Each participant will express the best creativity to enhance beauty of Flora in one of the seven categories:

The Sailboats of the Time; A Coral Reef; A Fishing Net; A Storm at Sea; The Ice or the Iceberg; Lunch on Board and The Beach (youth category). The flowery works of art will be judged by a technical Jury made of experts in Floral Art to select the Gold, Silver, Bronze prizes and the prestigious Princess Grace of Monaco Award. The showroom will be open to the public on Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


On Sunday morning, visitors can join The Garden Club of Monaco Conferences, held at the Yacht Club de Monaco from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A set of inspiring meetings and workshops by experts in various floral design techniques. Notably:

💮 "Ikebana and floral decoration" by Marco Ryoen Di Marco, Master of the Ikebana Ohara Bologna Study Group = the event will introduce the audience to the Ikebana art, its evolution and different ways of matching floral species following Japanese tradition.

💮 "The main methods of orchid propagation: vegetative division, sowing and cloning" by Joël Jutel, Head of Culture at Les Orchidées Michel Vacherot = a practical demonstration on how to grow and maintain orchids.

💮 "Bonsai Art in Japan & Shaping Demonstration" by Hiroko Kinoshita followed by Jonathan Pon, Director of the Bonsai Center in Nice, and his assistant Jean-Marc Gubbiotti = tips on how to manage bonsais.

The session will end with an afternoon rendezvous:

💮 Special flower show by Kévin Billard, florist and decorator of the Prince’s Palace, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Photo >> Official poster of the 55ème Concours International de Bouquets © Garden Club de Monaco

In Beaulieu district, a parade of precious roses varieties will be on the spotlight for the whole weekend. Experts in horticulture, rose growing and nursery will be happy to meet visitors, convey their knowledge and show their latest creations in the framework of nine inspiring gardens awarded as "Jardins Remarquables" by the French Ministry of Culture. The festival will include leasure worshops for children, thematic guided tours by chief gardeners and a trade show. All initiatives will be accessible, upon payment of an entrance ticket, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both days.


Photo >> Official poster of the 13th edition of the 'Fête des Roses et des Plantes' © Villa et Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

Muriel Mayette-Holtz, Director of Villa et jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, pointed out: « Béatrice de Rothschild designed one of the most beautiful gardens in the world to embellish his dream villa. Thanks to the sub-tropical-like climate of Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, the green space gathers some of the most beautiful and amazing plants that Nature has ever created from all over the world. Roses maintain a leading role, being considered as the queen of flowers and symbol of love. This is why we invite you all to celebrate spring, within the 13th Festival of Roses and Plants, together with major producers of roses and other species, while enjoying the many animations to make you learn and share the knowledge of plants ». ***


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By Maurice Abbati

Journalist; Editor; Communication, Media and Public Relations Specialist

Lecturer and Author in English language of Technical Articles and the Manual: "Communicating the Environment to Save the Planet, a Journey into Eco-Communication" by Springer International Publishing.







Cover page of PhD manual by Maurice Abbati

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