French gardens to visit in Loire Valley

Gardens of Villandry - Loire Chateaux, France French gardens to visit © Stevens Frémont

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.  

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 French garden examples, flower gardens, and its cloister kitchen garden.

Gardens in Loire Valley: an amazing selection

An amazing selection of gardens is waiting to be discovered:

Discover the garden of Valmer, with Alix de Saint Venant

Far from being copies of each other, they have cultivated their own distinct personalities! Take an amazing journey through the verdant gardens of Touraine 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. There is even the unique village-garden of France, Chédigny and its 800 varieties of rose bushes:

Map of Touraine Loire Valley gardens

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