French gardens to visit in Loire Valley
The significant tradition of gardens in Loire Valley was established during the Renaissance. With the peace that began when weapons were finally set aside, the fortresses evolved into vast estates where gardens became a new living area, genuine outdoor living rooms.
Far from being copies of each other, they have cultivated their own distinct personalities! Take an amazing journey through the verdant gardens of Loire Valley and enter the mysterious dreamland of artists and authors where gardens have been the keepers of secrets and witnesses to love affairs throughout the ages.
Villandry, the most famous french garden
With the need for defences gone, the rich and powerful suddenly found themselves vying to create magnificent parks. The most famous among them is the Villandry estate, globally renowned for its kitchen garden, medicinal herb garden, and water garden.
The french gardens in Loire Valley: an amazing selection
An amazing selection of gardens is waiting to be discovered:
- the contemporary creativity at Rivau,
- the 600 tomato varieties at la Bourdaisière,
- the orange trees at Chateau Gaillard,
- the poetic roses at the Ronsard museum,
- the rare plant species at the Valmer kitchen garden conservatory,
- the botanic garden and the Gloriette park of Tours,
- the skill for the 'potager au carré à la française',
- the elegance of the park of Richelieu and one of the castles of Amboise, Ussé and Chenonceau,
- the surprising Pagode de Chanteloup,
- and the village-garden of Chédigny and its 800 varieties of rose bushes.
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