About the garden
Known to be 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 is formal flower gardens and the 'garden of love', full of colour symbolism.
The whole garden contains more than 31 miles of box hedging and trained yew trees, which give structure to the garden throughout the year.