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Renaissance revival of a garden at the Royal Château of Blois


This spring, the Royal Château of Blois will be unveiling a new garden in tribute to the fact it was home to one of the first Renaissance gardens.

The Royal Château of Blois will be boasting a new garden planted on the heights of the Foix terraces. This contemporary garden is rooted in the château’s history based on archaeological records of old Renaissance buildings once situated here. It is also inspired by the “Grandes Heures of Anne of Brittany” manuscript, and nurtures souvenirs of ancient roses, narcissus, irises and hellebores. The garden is also home to Reine Claude plum trees (greengage), in reference to their namesake, Claude of France, who was Anne of Brittany’s daughter. Elegant and refined, the garden is planted on several terraces and extends onto a balcony overlooking a unique panoramic view of the city and the Loire Valley.