Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Gardens of Chateau Chenonceau


















The grounds of Chateau Chenonceau are immense and include a forested section with paths, a labyrinth/maze, manicured decorative gardens as well as vegetable and flower gardens.
Now you can see why they needed a blog post of their own!

I knew I was in for a treat when I saw the size of the tree-lined entrance!


I might as well start with the maze because it brought out the excited child in me as I walked along the pathways trying to find my way to the centre and out.






After you exit the maze you find this columned structure which leads you into the forest paths.

































Next we move on to the manicured gardens.






































And last we move on to the vegetable and flower gardens.  The route there takes us through the picture perfect houses and sheds of the workers that manage these expansive grounds.



Along the border of this entire area are knee-high, heavily pruned apple trees.  I've never seen anything like them!

From the flower section I chose these beautiful foxtail lilies (the pic on the right) because they refuse to grow in my garden and are doing so obviously well here.

On the way out you can stop for a quick bite in the former stables which have been converted into a wonderful restaurant.  Note the tables in the horse stalls.

10 comments:

  1. Amazing, simply amazing. Any one of those elements would be enough for a magnificent estate - but a maze, forest, formal garden, AND a vegetable garden, just amazing. It looks like a fantastic place to visit.

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    1. It was an absolute dream :) seriously, this is what I dream about now!

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  2. Beautiful pics, Rosemary! I loved the photo of roses and lavender, great combination of colors!

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    1. Thanks Nadezda, that is one of my favourite pictures as well :)

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  3. Piękny ogród w którym jest wszystko : drzewa, krzewy, kwiaty i warzywa. Jest też bardzo zadbany. Z przyjemnością bym pokrążyła w labiryncie. Pozdrawiam.
    A beautiful garden in which everything: trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables. It is also very well maintained. With pleasure I derived in the maze. Yours.

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    1. Thanks Giga, this is a place of inspiration!

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  4. How magnificent is this garden, thank you for showing it at his best with your beautiful pictures, you did a good work!!!

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  5. This would have been right up my alley. I like the mazes of sculptured plants. There is nothing better than a tree lined entrance to a place....always a good sign:) Thank you for sharing your walk. Gorgeous gardens!

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    1. I hope you get the chance to visit it one day :)

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Thank you so much for your kind words :)

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