Gardens to Visit in the Loire Valley

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Gardens to visit in the Loire Valley & central France by Department

The Loire Valley is known as the garden of France. The climate is mild the soil is fertile and the land is watered by the lovely River Loire as well as the Rivers Eure, Loiret and Cher.

When the magnificent Chateaus of the Loire Valley were built many also had fabulous gardens designed  for the French aristocracy to enjoy. The most notable example in the Loire Valley (and indeed one of the best formal French style gardens in the world is the garden of the Chateau de Villandry.

However the region has much more to offer than an impressive selection of French formal style gardens. There is also a fabulous Japanese garden - the Park Oriental de Maulevrier. The park has been approved by Japanese horticulturists as authentic.  For more English style borders take a look at the superb Parc Floral de la Source and for a charming personal garden the Jardin d'Atmosphere du Petit Bordeaux takes some beating.

To get some ideas for the future visit the International Garden Festival at Chaumont sur Loire in the grounds of the Chateau Chaumont.

Cher (18)

Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil

Indre et Loire (37)

Chateau de Chenonceau Gardens

Gardens of the Chateau de Villandry

Loir-et-Cher (41)

International Garden Festival of Chaumont sur Loire

Loiret (45)

Arboretum des Barres

Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

Chateau de Chamerolles

Jardin de Chantal et Alain

Les Jardins de Grand Courtoiseau

Les Jardins de Roquelin

Parc Floral de la Source

Maine et Loire (49)

Le Parc Oriental de Maulevrier

Sarthe (72)

Gardens of the Chateau du Lude

Jardin d'Atmosphere du Petit Bordeaux