Within the Loire Valley, the fertile land of Touraine has been home to many gardens. Romantic, oneiric, fantasy, gourmet, funny, surprising… Each of them is worth a visit!
Touraine is the Garden of France
Park and gardens of the Château du Clos Luce
First cultural park, the landscaped park of the Château du Clos Lucé is a true initiatory journeyfollowing the steps of the visionary genius Leonardo da Vinci. A funny and cultural visit, to discover the creative universe of Leonardo da Vinci…
20 giant interactive machines where the visitor gets to experience these full-scale inventions, 40translucent canvas of 3 to 4 meters of height, revealing the several faces of the genius’ work, and the reconstitution of « Leonardo’s garden », a true botanical journey over 2,5 acres, imagined and recreated following Leonardo’s paintings and drawings.
Domaine de la Pagode de Chanteloup
The charm of a visit to the countryside… Let yourself be enchanted by the site of the Pagode de Chanteloup, Chinese folly of the 18th century, built by the Duke of Choiseul. It offers, from the top of its 44 meters, a wonderful panoramic view over the large forest of Amboise whose paths still show today the greatness of the former 18th century chateau.
Gardens of the Royal Château of Amboise
The Gardens of the Royal Chateau of Amboise we designed at the end of the 15th century under King Charles VIII, by a Neapolitan monk and gardener.
Cypresses, green oak trees, bay trees, hornbeams and box trees shape these wonderful gardensoffering a magnificent view over the “Royal River”, the Loire.
The contemporary gardens have been redesigned in 2005 into Oriental Gardens. They were designed as a tribute to a man who marked the castle’s history: Emir Abd El Kader (Prisoner from 1848 to 1852).
The Gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire
The Gardens Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire is a place full of ideas, innovations, and experiencesincluding permanent gardens changing following the seasons, such as the experimental garden, the misty valley…
The diversity, the creativity and the quality of the projects have contributed to the world reputation of the festival, which has become today an essential rendez-vous to present the works of a new generation of gardeners, architects, designers…
The Gardens of the Château de Chenonceau
The history of the Château de Chenonceau was strongly marked by two great characters, two women, two rivals: Catherine de Médicis and Diane de Poitiers.
Still nowadays, Chenonceau is a witness of the presence of these two women who have marked the French history, with two wonderful gardens dedicated to their memory and contributing to the fame of the Château de Chenonceau.
The Gardens of the Château de la Bourdaisière
Built upon the desire of King Francis I for Marie Gaudin, his lover, the domaine de la Bourdaisière offers a visit with very rich collections. The wonderful « 19th century vegetable garden », the « Dahliacolor » and the collection of medicinal plants.
The Château de la Bourdaisière is located within a closed park of 130 acres. During some exhibitions organized in the alleys or after a visit to the vegetable garden and contemporary gardens, a walk in the park allows to discover the wonderful perspective of the Italian alley, the box trees embroidered as lilies, the gate attributed to Leonardo da Vinci and the majestic outlines of the giant sequoias.
Recently, for the autumn 2010, behind the “Dahliacolor”, a new garden of old species opened.
The Park of the Château de Jallanges
The Château de Jallanges is a unique site nested within the Loire Valley Chateaux. Still inhabited, this 15th century historical monument hosts a wonderful and authentic park with centenary trees, majestic cedar trees but also a « French Renaissance Garden » where beautiful roses, peonies, irises and lilies burst every year. An enchanting site where life is good.
The Gardens of Valmer
The Park and Gardens de Valmer are located on a slope side overlooking the Brenne Valley, a tributary of the Loire. The architecture, the terraces and the arbors make a typical 16th and 17th landscape. Designed following two main axis, the layout of the Valmer Gardens perfectly match the slope, looking like Italian villas of the Renaissance. Walk through the alleys of the vegetables gardenand discover over 3000 species. A pedagogical and enjoyable place!
The Gardens of Villandry
The Jardins de Villandry, whose fame is renowned, are amongst the most beautiful gardens in France.
In 1906, the chateau was purchased by Dr Joachim Carvallo who designed today’s gardens. A must-see in Touraine!
The Gardens of Rivau
A true fairytale… The Gardens of Rivau make you travel through a fantasy and legendary history : « The Garden of the Little-Thumbling », « The alley of the fairies », « Alice’s maze » … Each garden is inspired by a tale inviting the visitor to dream.
The Gardens of Rivau are listed as Remarkable Garden and Conservatory of perfumed roses in France.