Visit the Gardens of the Loire Valley
Garden Design's self-guided day trip to picturesque French gardens
Loved for its fairytale châteaux, bustling market towns, and some of the best wines in the world, the Loire Valley in France also has much to offer the garden enthusiast; and there’s no one better to be your guide than JJ De Sousa, who not only leads tours here, but also has a second home in the heart of this picturesque region.
JJ suggests you start your adventure in the village of Chédigny, listed in the register of Remarkable Gardens, “The entire village is a garden.” From here it’s a short drive to Chenonceau, a Royal garden dating back to 1519. These formal gardens and the château itself have a fascinating history. Finish your day at the world renowned Villandry, a typical Renaissance French garden and château which hosts several notable events during the year.