Villandry gardens: love and lettuces
Love letters in box-trees
The current gardens were landscaped by Joachim Carvallo, the new owner. Between 1910 and 1918, this Spanish doctor, fond of art, created the gorgeous gardens on the foundations of the old landscaped garden.
He drew his inspiration from famous French architect Androuet du Cerceau, from his book Les plus excellents bastiments de France…
Oh, but do you know Villandry’s famous love gardens?
A cardinal jealous of salads
The vegetable plot allies medieval tradition and Renaissance spirit.
Landscapers drew their inspiration from monks, who used to make pattern with vegetables, in their abbey.
Since the time of their creation, Villandry’s gardens were famous: castle of Chenonceau or Fontainebleau modeled their park on them!
You know what? Cardinal of Aragon, who came here to visit the plot in 1570, said to the Pope he saw the most beautiful salads!