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Gardens in the Loire

Take a stroll

There are many public gardens within easy distance of Le Chardon.

Below is just a small selection.


Le Parc Maupassant – Allones

The gardens here occupy 22 hectares of land and include water features as well as 16 themed gardens, including a mediterranean garden, a four seasons garden, a fruit garden 11,000 roses and 2000 peonies and a ’potager’ garden.

There are also a host of stone statues and columns. If you don’t fancy the walk you can use an electric golf trolley! www.parcmaupassantdeboissavary.com


Parc Oriéntal de Maulevrier – Maulevrier

This is the largest Japanese garden in Europe, covering 28 hectares, 12 of which form a conservation area conceived between 1900 and 1913 by Alexandre Marcel, a famous Paris architect.

It is unique in its extraordinary richness of vegetation and its perfumes, its Asiatic architecture and exhibitions of bonsais and ceramics. www.parc-oriental.com



The garden of Villandry is highly recommended and is particularly recommended to anyone interested in growing vegetables alongside flowers in an informal and ornamental setting. The buildings and gardens were rescued by Joachim Carvello in 1906 and have been in the care of his family ever since.

The gardens comprise of three tiers of terracing, the lowest level in the Louis 14th. style, devoted to vegetables . This was created during the First World War to feed his hospitalised patients. It has nine square sections which are divided into beds of various coloured plants surrounded by box hedges and pleached fruit trees.

The ornamental garden is set on the middle terrace and on one side is a maze of clipped trees, the other is a love garden: - each part denotes four feelings of love tender, passionate, fickle and tragic with specific colours to emphasize each feeling The top level consists of a water garden.

Last but not least is a herb garden and of course a gift shop where you can purchase plants and momentoes . www.chateauvillandry.com


Les Chemins de la Rose – Doué la Fontaine

This is a 5 hectare wooded park with more than 10,000 rose bushes, providing both spectacular colour and rich perfumes. Ancient species grow alongside the most recent arrivals and there are a series of information panels which accompany the paths.

A gift shop offers a wide selection of articles from the garden and the rose. www.chemindelarose.com


Le Jardin medieval de la Chevalerie de Sacé – Brain-sur-Allones

The medieval botanical garden of the Knight of Sacé is situated in the communal forest of Courcy in Brain-sur-Allones.

Over 700 varieties of plants have been put to different uses over the years such as dyeing, medicines, food and even witchcraft. Some of the plant varieties are now very rare, such as corn cockle, deadly night-shade, black henbane, jewelwood, megweed and calamint. http://pagesperso-orange.fr

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