Gardens of the Chateau de Villandry; a magnificent Loire valley garden

Photo of Gardens of the Chateau de Villandry in Central

Visit Gardens of the Chateau de Villandry

The Chateau de Villandry is situated in the town of Villandry not far from Tours in the Indre-et-Loire department.

Visit the gardens of the Chateau de Villandry

The Loire Valley is known as the garden of France and the Chateau de Villandry is the most amazing of all the Loire Valley Gardens.

The gardens at the Chateau are a perfect example of formal gardening in France. Consisting of a large number of knot gardens, square gardens bordered by box hedging, and these are filled in with different plants or vegetables to create beautiful, very symetrical gardens.

The Chateau de Villandry was built in the early 1500s. It was one of the last of the Loire chateaux of the Renaissance period. In 1906 the gardens which had been destroyed in the 19th century were recreated in keeping with the style of the chateau.

Gardens of the Chateau de Villandry

The gardens cover 9 hectares and include six distinct gardens: a water garden, with ponds and fountains; an ornamental garden with intricate patterns of clipped box filled with different flowers according to the seasons; and an enormous vegetable garden. Amazingly the vegetable garden is one of the most beautiful parts of the garden and will have you desperate to overhaul your vegetable plot when you get home.

This large ornamental vegetable garden is the most famous garden of Villandry and as well as admiring the garden you can see the plans showing which vegetables have been planted for each colour block. Duing our visit one section had 'yellow' planted with yellow peppers, 'red' with beetroot, 'white' with white aubergine and 'grey-green' with cabbage and 'green' with golden celery. The edges were a mix of blue sage, yellow coreopsis and yellow rudbeckia.

The gardens are laid out on four terrasses. The upper terrace is the 'Jardin du Soleil' (sun garden) which was created in 2008. Next is the 'Jardin d'Eau' or water garden. Then the 'Jardin d'Ornament' with lots of topiaries filled in with flowers and on the lower level the fabulous 'potager decoratif' the decorative vegetable garden.

The sun garden is laid out around a star shaped pond and the parterres are filled with a more informal style of planting than the main formal gardens. Yellow is the predominant colour as it is the sun garden.

Step on to the belvedere that surrounds a lot of the formal gardens for the best views. You can really appreciate the amazing design of these gardens from here.

Vegetable gardens of the Chateau de Villandry

There is also a children's play area, greengouses and woods to discover during your visit.

These gardens won 2nd prize in 2005 and 3rd prize in 2003 of the coveted "Top des Parcs" , Best Park, competion in France.

The chateau is open too and well worth a visit.

The gardens of the Chateau de Villandry garden guide

The gardens of the Chateau de Villandry are open nearly all year round, every day from 9.00am to 5.00pm  and longer in high season. Closed 13 November to 22 December.

The Chateau de Villandry is about 20km from Tours in the Centre region of France.

Address: Chateau de Villandry, 37510 Villandry, France

Visits cost 10,50 euros (castle and gardens) or 6.50 euros for the gardens only - adults.  Under 8s are free and for 8-18 year olds the price is 7 euros for castle and gardens or 5 euros for garden only visits. Prices are reduced in the winter.

There is a restaurant and a snack bar at the castle and so you can really enjoy an extended visit here. There is also a little shop where you can buy local products.

Gardens to visit nearby

You can see another amazing formal vegetable garden at the Parc Maupassant de bois Savary to the west of Tours and another chateau garden at the Chateau de Chenonceau to the east of the Chateau de Villandry.

Also well worth a visit is the Chateau de Amboise and its very stylish garden and the charming garden of the Chateau de Cheverny.

You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.

See also:

Map of Gardens of the Chateau de Villandry and places to visit

Places to visit near Gardens of the Chateau de Villandry

Chateau d'Amboise

Chateau d'Amboise

The charming gardens of the Chateau d'Amboise contain a mass of box balls and more informal planting.

Chateau d'Amboise guide

Parc Maupassant de bois Savary

Parc Maupassant de bois Savary

Sadly this park has closed.

Parc Maupassant de bois Savary guide

Chateau de Chenonceau Gardens

Chateau de Chenonceau Gardens

The Chateau de Chenonceau is one of the most beautiful and its formal gardens set it off to perfection.

Chateau de Chenonceau Gardens guide

Chateau du Lude

Chateau du Lude

The Chateau du Lude gardens include a large park running alongside the river and a lovely terrace with lots of roses.

Chateau du Lude guide

International Garden Festival of Chaumant sur Loire

International Garden Festival of Chaumant sur Loire

The International Garden Festival of Chaumont with new show gardens created every year.

International Garden Festival of Chaumant sur Loire guide

Jardin d Atmosphere du Petit Bordeaux

Jardin d Atmosphere du Petit Bordeaux

The Jardin d'Atmosphere du Petit Bordeaux is a prize winning garden in the Sarthe department near to Le Mans.

Jardin d Atmosphere du Petit Bordeaux guide

Gardens of the Chateau d'Azay

Gardens of the Chateau d'Azay

The gardens of the Chateau d'Azay le Ferron have a collection of topiary considered one of the best in France.

Gardens of the Chateau d'Azay guide

Gardens of Chateau Cheverny

Gardens of Chateau Cheverny

The gardens of the Chateau de Cheverny were one of our favourite gardens of the Loire Valley chateaux.

Gardens of Chateau Cheverny guide

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