About the garden
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.