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CHÂTEAU DE VILLANDRY

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

3 Rue Principale
France
37510 Villandry

10 miles west of Tours on the D7.

17 acres

Tel
00 33 2 47 50 02 09

Visit website

Opening Hours

Daily, please see website for opening dates and times.

Admission

Non-member adult €12.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies Sep.

Facilities

  • Children’s play area
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Children’s garden (not playground)
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Herbaceous border
  • Organic management
  • Water garden

About the garden

Owned by
Henri Carvallo

This is one of the greatest gardens in the world, and certainly the most complete reconstructed example of a 16th century garden. Villandry was laid out on a massive scale in the early years of the 20th century, based upon designs from 1540 by the royal gardener Androuet de Cerceau.

The formal potager alone, a three-acre square, has more than 50,000 vegetables formally planted in nine eye-catching patterns. And it is renewed with different patterns every six months. Above it are formal flower gardens and the 'garden of love', full of colour-symbolism. The whole contains more than 50 kilometres of box edging and trained yew trees, which give structure to the garden throughout the year.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Begonias
  • Conifers
  • Cut flowers
  • Cyclamen
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Heathers
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Irises
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Maple
  • Orchids
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.