Illuminons les jardins du château de Canon

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What if the gates of the magnificent gardens in Canon opened this summer on the majestic illuminations of a magical trail? Get involved in our park’s illumination project so that it keeps on shining even at night!
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The Chateau de Canon is a member of the Demeure Historique non-profit organization, supporting us and taking part in the redevelopment of our historical park.

WELCOME TO THE chAteau DE CANON !

This is the 4th edition of our crowdfunding campaign! Thanks to your donations, we have restored all of our park’s statues and created a magnificent rose garden in 2020. Today, we are giving you the opportunity to join us in a new project: the creation of an illuminated trail designed to highlight the treasures of our park in Canon.

A vibrant family estate for 250 years!

A BIT OF HISTORY

Located in the department of Calvados, at the heart of Normandy, Canon was founded in the 18th century by Jean-Baptiste Elie de Beaumont, a philanthropist attorney who was friends with Voltaire.

This vast estate survived as a whole to our present day and is listed in its entirety as a historic property. It is surrounded by a 37-acre Anglo-French park that is among the most beautiful in France. It is a living witness of the Age of Enlightenment.

TOURS AND RECEPTIONS IN THE WELCOMING SPIRIT OF ITS FOUNDING


Today, its descendants are working tirelessly to restore and bring back to life their estate through a comprehensive program of activities:

    Hosting weddings and seminars

    Seasonal events such as Christmas, and school activities with 4000 students every year

These activities provide funding every year for the park’s maintenance as well as the restoration and conservation work required for an estate that is particularly rich architecturally. Ongoing furniture restoration is also on public display every summer.

fully restored gardens 


The gardens and their follies
 were reopened to the public in 1982 after massive restoration works took place right after World War II and throughout the 20th century. They are now listed as Historic Buildings and Remarkable Gardens… The latest restoration works that took place were for the marble statues which were rescued thanks to your donations through two crowdfunding campaigns in 2015 and 2016.

The park's follies                                    27 marble statues adorning the flowerbeds

Among the restorations carried out during the 20th century, the renovation of the Chartreuses was a particular highlight. This unique collection of ten walled gardens had originally been created to pale up fruit trees. These trees were patiently replanted with beds of perennial plants during the 20th century.

10 connected walled gardens featuring spectacular beds of perennial plants

As living proof that crowdfunding can ensure the success of magnificent projects, a rose garden funded in 2019 was completed in 2020 as a way of reconnecting today’s gardens with the history of the estate.

Canon’s rose garden with its 120 rose bushes from the “Roses Anciennes André Eve” collection.

IN 2021: ILLUMINATING THE GARDENS OF CANON

LET’S STEP OUT OF THE FOG AND TURN THE LIGHTS ON!

In 2020, the COVID crisis turned our business model upside down as it impacted our school bookings, our wedding events as well as our visitor numbers for the “Christmas at the Chateau” winter event. This situation also jeopardized our must urgent repairs.

WE CAN ACT NOW ! 

From this acknowledgment, a comprehensive analysis emerged: in order for the restoration of Canon to continue, it was vital for us to launch as early as 2021 the conditions for an economic redevelopment adapted to the situation of a global pandemic ! We have been studying the implementation of a project that would revitalize our business as early as the summer of 2021. We are now appealing for your support to make it possible!


HOW CAN IT BE DONE? WITH THE creation of an illuminated trail through the park

Innovative illuminations in the park of Canon combining video mapping and nighttime lighting along an 870-yard trail that would open to the public as early as July 2021.


  • Nighttime events in the summer: festive nights that would add visitors to our usual daytime numbers.
  • An event that is adapted to the current public health situation: a permanent trail with limited capacities. An outdoor attraction in the middle of our vast 37-acre gardens.
  • This event’s investments could also support our “Christmas at the Chateau” event, as our 2020 edition was cancelled due to our lack of outdoor event capabilities.


A REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT FOR OUR EXCEPTIONAL HERITAGE IN CANON!

The objective of this new trail is to reveal in the nighttime the beauty of our listed park in Canon :

  • Its 18th century follies (the pavilion, the Greek temple, the dovecote, the Chateau Béranger)
    Its statues made from Carrara marble
    Its Chartreuses and their new rose garden


  • - The Oriental plane trees from 1773, certified as a “Notable Tree Group
  • The fresh water from its many springs
  • The wildlife that will be projected using mapping technology (red squirrels, horseshoe bats or common wall lizards)


illuminated nights three times a week in the summer 

The trail will be open for visitors 3 nights a week from July 13 to August 19.

Each of these illuminated nights will begin with the opening of the gates at 8pm so that our visitors may enjoy the estate as the sun sets, for a picnic or an aperitif facing the reflections of the ornamental pond! 3500 visitors are already expected for these 17 dates this summer.

THIS TRAIL WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE BOOKINGS

From June to September, the illuminated trail will be available for corporate nights, private receptions and weddings, combining the reception hall’s rental with a night stroll through the park for the guests.


... AND RESTARTED IN THE WINTER FOR CHRISTMAS AT THE CHATEAU

The crowdfunding operation we are launching will finance the installation of the electrical systems throughout the park: leveling, conduit work, installing the permanent LED projectors and the sound system.


WHERE ARE THE DONATIONS GOING ?

The crowdfunding operation we are launching will finance the installation of the electrical systems throughout the park: leveling, conduit work, installing the permanent LED projectors and the sound system.

Minimum objective: 5.000€, which will allow is to fund the electrical installation.

If this objective is reached:

  • Stage 2: 10.000€, which will allow us to fund all of the LED projectors.
  • Stage 3: 15.000€, which will allow us to fund the first part of the mapping video production.
  • Stage 4: 20.000€, which will allow us to fund the second part of the mapping video production


COMPANIES FROM NORMANDY EXCLUSIVELY WILL BE SOLICITED!


Video mapping and video projection: Collectif Agence Sorbet (Caen - 14)

Sound and electrical systems installation: Technique Event (Mandeville-en-Bessin - 14)

Leveling: Solveg (Saint-Pierre en Auge -14) and Sement Terrassement (Varaville -14)

Trail lights: Leblanc Illuminations (Alençon -61)


WHO ARE WE?

The Association de Sauvegarde du Château de Canon is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2007 by Hervé de Mézerac. Today, its members are friends and volunteers who share a passion for the Chateau de Canon.


how can you support our project ?

In order that you enjoy a tax deduction through your participation in this project, your donations are centralized by the Demeure Historique non-profit organization which will directly pay the companies invoices related to the completed operations. 

You can support our project through :


CANON IN THE PRESS

Télématin France 2

France 3 Région

Le Figaro 

France Bleu Normandie 

BUT ALSO: LE PAYS D'AUGE, L'EVEIL DE LISIEUX, OUEST France thanks to our excellent local reporters. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR WORK.


THEY SUPPORT US

The City of Mézidon-Vallée d'Auge

The Authentic Normandy Tourist Office

The Department of Calvados

The Regional Affairs Cultural Agency of Normandy (DRAC Normandie) 

The Normandy Region

The Ministry of Culture – "Notable gardens" certificates

Sponsors and partners: Les Roses Anciennes André Eve, Crédit Agricole de Mézidon, La Goulardière, Atelier Bois, Vive l'eau, Davoust


WE THANK ALL OF OUR SPONSORS AND PATRONS! LET’S CONTINUE TOGETHER!

We profusely thank all of our sponsors and patrons for their support which will make this magnificent project possible.

Contact email: [email protected]

Social media: https://www.facebook.com/chate...

Website : www.chateaudecanon.com

Rewards

Pledge €10 or more
Or 3.4€ after tax deduction
14 donations
GLIMMER
Our thanks in an Instagram story and on Facebook
Pledge €20 or more
Or 6.8€ after tax deduction
22 donations
BRILLIANCE
Our thanks in an Instagram story and on Facebook
+ A magnet featuring the illuminated gardens
Pledge €30 or more
Or 10.2€ after tax deduction
9 donations
LAMPION
Nos remerciements en story Instagram et Facebook
+ Recevez une entrée pour venir visiter le jardin du château de Canon en journée
Pledge €50 or more
Or 17€ after tax deduction
27 donations
SPARK

Our thanks in an Instagram story and on Facebook
+ 2 admission tickets for the visit of the gardens of Canon during the day
Pledge €75 or more
Or 25.5€ after tax deduction
2 donations
🌠STATUES EN FÊTE
Participez à l'illumination des statues de la grande pelouse !
Recevez en remerciement l'ouvrage "paroles de statues" écrit par Emmanuel Pleintel et illustré par les photos de Philippe Dorléans
Ainsi que deux verres à siroter au "café des statues", notre nouveau tea room d'été situé sur les parterres du château.
Pledge €100 or more
Or 34€ after tax deduction
20 donations
SCINTILLATION
Our thanks in an Instagram story and on Facebook +
2 admission tickets for the visit of the gardens of Canon during the day +
It will be our privilege to welcome you personally around a drink at the tea room +
A lovely candle holder as a gift of thanks
Pledge €200 or more
Or 68€ after tax deduction
8 donations
FAIRYLAND
2 admission tickets for the illuminated nights at Canon that will take place every night from + Tuesday to Thursday between July 13 and August 19 2021 +
2 glasses of champagne +
A small set of sparklers as a gift of thanks
Pledge €300 or more
Or 102€ after tax deduction
4 donations
CHATEAU OF LIGHTS
Enjoy an exclusive private tour of the Chateau de Canon for two people. Explore this witness to the Age of Enlightenment and discover the roofs that were restored in 2006. +
2 admission tickets for the illuminated nights at Canon that will take place every night from Tuesday to Thursday between July 13 and August 19 2021 +
2 glasses of champagne +
A small set of sparklers as a gift of thanks
Pledge €999 or more
Or 339.66€ after tax deduction
0 donation
CANDLELIGHT IN THE GARDEN

Enjoy private access to the illuminated trail for a special night with your associates. +
Enjoy private access to our premises starting at 7pm for your outdoor cocktail buffet +
Your company logo will be featured on our promotional material with our thanks to you in the press and our media (website, social media, LinkedIn page)
Pledge €3,000 or more
Or 1020€ after tax deduction
0 donation
ILLUMINATION
Associate your company with an innovative illumination project, promoting an exceptional property. +
Enjoy private access to the illuminated trail with your associates +
The premises and the reception hall are made available for your cocktail party or dinner +
Your company logo will be featured on our promotional material with our thanks to you in the press and our media (website, social media, LinkedIn page)
Pledge without a reward
5 donations
 
Pledge an amount of your choosing

All Gone!

Pledge €500 or more
Or 170€ after tax deduction
8 donations (0 left)
RADIANCE
A bench inside in the rose garden will be named after you. The rose garden will be illuminated thanks to your donation! +
A permanent plaque will be engraved with your name or any inscription of your choice. +
Enjoy the rose garden for an aperitif or a picnic for 10 people of your choice, during the day or by candlelight. +
2 admission tickets for the illuminated nights at Canon that will take place every night from Tuesday to Thursday between July 13 and August 19 2021