A multitude of flowers for a refined decoration
The Château de Chenonceau is the most visited monument in Touraine and one of the major landmarks in France’s cultural heritage. Its architecture, its gardens and its reflection in the River Cher make for a wonderful setting, sometimes enhanced by beautiful hot-air balloons to add a touch of colour to the sky. Indoors, bouquets of flowers are a big part of the decor. All for the pleasure of your eyes…
A flower workshop on the premises
Since 2015, Jean-François Boucher has headed the flower workshop at the Château de Chenonceau. We should point out that a workshop of this kind alongside a major monument is unique in France. It shows the attention given to flowers in each room, which our international clientele (Japanese, Korean, Russian, etc.) enjoy in particular, since they are very sensitive to the art of flowers.
Awarded the prestigious “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” title as a florist in 2000, Jean-François Boucher has found the ideal venue in Chenonceau to deploy his talent for floral staging. To add to the weekly deliveries of fresh flowers, he makes use of the château’s flower garden, carefully nurtured by Nicholas Tomlan, the botanical director.
Bouquets of flowers for the Ladies’ Château
This feminine touch is perfectly adapted to the Ladies’ Château, whose history is linked to the lives of Katherine Briçonnet, Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici, Louise of Lorraine and Louise Dupin. What’s more, the bouquets of flowers show the attention given to visitors and provide obvious extra value to the decoration.
The bouquets are renewed each week, and must always match the different atmospheres in the 19 rooms. Sometimes they include little historic references, such as the presence of artichokes. Artichokes were already grown in Italy, but were introduced into France by… Catherine de’ Medici, queen of France, but a native of Tuscany.
Naturally, special attention is given to the compositions made for special events, starting with the Christmas in the Land of Châteaux event. While not forgetting the bouquets decorating the château’s gastronomic restaurant: L’Orangerie. In short, this is a very good reason to visit one of our famous Loire châteaux.