Chambord’s restored garden glory

Jane Hanks talks to those who have overseen the restoration of the famous Loire castle’s jardins à la française

This year the Château de Chambord in the Loir-et-Cher has seen record numbers of visitors who have come flocking to see the results of the restoration of a garden on a massive scale. In August alone there were nearly 170,000 visitors, an increase of 20% compared to the previous year. The chateau hopes to have hit the million mark by the end of 2017.

The aim was to reinstate the jardins à la française, which had graced the garden for two centuries before changes in ownership, world wars, economic conditions and a decline in interest in gardens reduced the area to grass and paths in the 1970s. But now that gardens are back in fashion the State, which owns the chateau, agreed it was time to restore the land around the magnificent Château de Chambord to its former glory.

This involved a 6.5 hectare area at the foot of the north and east faces of the chateau. It was the biggest garden restoration in 20 years in France and involved 600 trees, 800 bushes, 200 roses, more ...

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