The garden of
Catherine de Medicis


The paths offer magnificent views of the west façade of the Château. Its design is based on five panels of lawn, grouped around an elegant circular basin and punctuated with globes of boxwood.

To the East, the garden is bordered by a walkway overlooking the moat, where Clair-Matin roses grow in trellises.

Tall rose bushes and lavender cut into low, rounded cordons, mark out harmonious patterns. The perspective opening to the North over the Green Garden and the Orangerie was designed by Bernard Palissy.

For all arts and in particular for garden design, the 16th century was one of unprecedented innovation. Chenonceau is lucky to have preserved a robust structure of platforms surrounded by water, which has survived more or less intact since it was first built. It forms an exceptional ensemble that bears witness to the period of its creation. In this regard, it is exemplary.