Garden of
Diane de Poitiers

This “floating” parterre (12,000 m2), many of which were created in the Renaissance and of which Chenonceau is one of the finest examples, required a considerable investment at its conception. Its structure remains unchanged since its creation by Diane de Poitiers, however its current layout is by Achille Duchêne (1866-1947) …

Garden of
Catherine de Medicis

Queen Catherine de’ Medici worked on the gardens with passion, a fashion that arrived from Italy. Smaller (5,500 m2), facing the lake and the park, the current layout of this garden is the very image of refinement…


Designed by Lord Seymour in 1825, for the Countess of Villeneuve, the château’s owner and a renowned botanist, who desired an “English-style” park, the Green Garden faces the north side of Catherine’s Garden…

the Maze

Located in a clearing in the 70-hectare park, the Italian maze desired by Catherine de’ Medici is planted with 2,000 yew trees and covers more than a hectare. At its centre, a raised gazebo offers an elevated view over the whole ensemble…

the Floral Workshop

For over 20 years, the château has been home to a Floral Workshop that is unique in France. Two flower experts are in charge of the one-hectare flower garden every day of the year. The head florist holds the title of “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (Best Artisan in France).

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The Flower Garden

The Flower Garden is an unmissable part of any visit. Organised into twelve squares bordered by apple trees and Queen Elisabeth rose bushes, covering more than a hectare, the estate gardeners cultivate here around one hundred varieties of “cutting flowers” needed for the château’s floral arrangements…