The Marvelous Gardens of Château de Chenonceau

The Château of Chenonceau is situated in the Centre Val de Loire region and is one of the most visited castle in France. The châteaux is built on the river Cher and is famous for its amazing gardens, art collections, late Gothic and Early Renaissance architecture.
The châteaux was used as a military hospital during First World War.

Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers knew how to design unique and elegant gardens.
Diane de Poitiers constructed the arched bridges and planted the flower and vegetable gardens. Here you will find violas, daisies, petunias, dahlias, roses, tobacco and verveine. After the death of King Henry II, Catherine de Medici expelled Diane de Poitiers and made Chenonceau her own residence. Queen Catherine added a new series of gardens, with climbing rose trees, orange trees and flower borders on the edge of the moat.

The Green Garden was designed by Bernard Palissy.
In the Green Garden you may find magnolias, plane trees, cedar trees, sequoias, douglas fir trees, spanish fir tree, acacia and holm oak tree.

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37 thoughts on “The Marvelous Gardens of Château de Chenonceau

    • Thank you! It is an amazing place!
      We have visited the Loire Valley in 2012. The famous châteaux and gardens are breathtaking. I will post soon about them 🙂
      Hope you will enjoy your stay in France!

      • Thank you : ) Actually we planned to visit the castle in 2012 and also in 2013 but then canceled because of the bad weather. I hope we will be lucky this time.

  1. I hope that it will work this time 🙂
    Are you planning to visit also other castles in the region?
    I would recommend you Château de Chambord, Château d’Amboise, Château de Blois, Château de Cheverny and Meung-sur-Loire.

  2. Oh, this is beautiful! I will be in France in July and I am going to visit. Do you know the view of the Chateau from across the river? Thank you for following my explorations of London with Bradshaw’s Hand Book

  3. Magnificent! It must take a small army of persons to maintain such beautiful gardens. Are there flowers in 3 seasons? This place is now on my ‘bucket’ list.

    • Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂
      You should definitely visit this chateau! Yes, there are flowers in 3 seasons. We were there at the end of September and the gardens were still amazing.
      The best thing is that you will find fresh flower bouquets in each room of the chateau 🙂

  4. I visited Chenonceau in 1997 – riding there on my Honda Transalp from London UK.

    It really impressed me and I took a boat out on the lake around the chateau. I wrote this in mermory of that wonderful visit:


    This Chateau on the waters I approach
    through prolonged avenues of horse chestnuts;
    along drowsy banks weeping willows broach
    mirror-like river diamond sun cuts.

    Seven arches convey a Fay’s romance
    over the darling flow in white spume
    while above summer’s light clouds mare-like prance
    about lone princess’s garret bedroom.

    Diana’s garden, mystic geometry,
    and turrets missiled into the blue space
    adorn a courtly love’s stiff symmetry
    while in the woods distant horns sound the chase

    My paddles cast circles as swans glide past;
    her place is in mine: our hearts touched at last.

  5. I can’t emphasize enough how much I have enjoyed your pictures of these amazing gardens in France. Always wanted to visit France and of course Paris, but my wallet refused to let me go. However, with your pictures I traveled in cyberspace. The trip was magnificent. Au revoir!

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