Visit Chateau de Chenonceau Gardens
The Chateau de Chenonceau is located in Chenonceau near Amboise in the Loire Valley. The Chateau de Chenonceau is one of the most magnificent and best-loved of the Loire Valley and its gardens provide a perfect setting.
Visit the Gardens of the Chateau de Chenonceau
The Chateau de Chenonceau gardens are made up of a number of individual gardens, the main two being those of Catherine de Medicis and Diane de Poitiers. There is also a maize, a green garden and a vegetable garden to see.
Chateau de Chenonceau was given to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, by Henry II but when he died his wife Catherine de Medici forced her out. Diane's garden was created on the right hand side of the castle and when she took over the castle Catherine created her garden on the left hand side!
Diane's garden is a French formal garden based on eight grass triangles. In the centre of the garden is an ornamental fountain. The flower beds are planted twice a year - a spring planting with bulbs, violas and daisies, and a summer planting with petunias, dahlias, tobacco and verveine. Roses and 3000m of santolina form a part of the permanent structure of the garden.
Catherine's garden features an avenue of orange trees, climbing rose trees and flower borders on the edge of the moat.
The green garden is a collection of trees and was designed by Bernard Palissy, a famous French potter.
The vegetable garden is now an impressive cutting garden producing flowers for decorating the castle and for the floral workshops that you can take at Chenonceau. It is huge, about 10,000 square meteres in total. Actually its worth visiting the chateau just to see these flower displays - they are magnificent. Every room has a different display and the display is renewed twice a week
Chateau de Chenonceau garden guide
The Chateau de Chenonceau is about 12km south-east of Amboise in the Indre et Loire department of the Loire Valley.
Address: Chateau de Chenonceau, 37150 Chenonceaux
The castle is open every day from 9.30am to 17.00 pm and up to 20.00pm in the summer.
The price is 11 euros for adults and 8.50 euros for children and includes entrance to the Chateau too.
Gardens to visit nearby
The famous gardens of the Chateau de Villandry are nearby and definitely worth a visit whilst in the area. The gardens of the Chateau de Valencay have been recently restored and some glorious contemporary meadows have been added too.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.