The Château du Lude is an impressive backdrop for a plantfest, and it's only an hour away from us, so we went to take a look. Given that our place is up for sale, it's difficult to be motivated to buy much in the way of plants, but we did succumb.
What I like about these events is the variety of plants that I haven't seen before. Like these iris, almost completely black, but showing a violet hue against the sun.
We liked the cat profiles in iron (also to be found were farmyard animals, ducks and wild boar), and there were some spectacular rose displays.
In the end we bought at few geraniums for pots around the house, and I opted for some veg plants that I had never come across before. They're all perennials, because I like the idea of an edible plant that lasts for ever. I got a perpetual leek, that sends up multiple shoots when the plant regrows after dormancy (cut the shoots off at ground level and eat them), a tuberous onion that makes underground onions (plant a few to multiply the plant and eat the rest), and a perennial basil (keep it dry and not too cold over Winter).