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The royal domain of Château Gaillard

Citrus fruits, especially oranges, take pride of place at the Royal Domain of Château Gaillard! Discover the history of their acclimation which was the work of Pacello de Mercogliano, an Italian monk who became Head Gardner to the kings of France.

A paradise for citrus fruits


The Renaissance gardens at Château Gaillard were created by Pacello de Mercogliano, Head Gardner to the kings of France. Here, he worked on the acclimation of the first French orange trees which at the time were rather attractively known as “golden apples”. He lavished painstaking care on the trees, working to perfect the constructions destined to house them and creating the royal orangery in which they thrived. To thank him for his work, King Francis I gave him the Domain of Château-Gaillard in exchange for a bouquet of orange blossom each year!

The light scent of citrus fruits wafts through the orangery overlooking the gardens. Discover the 160 trees in this collection sheltered by large glass windows and containing approximately 60 varieties of citrus fruits, including some oddly-named ones such as Pear lemon, Adam’s apple and Buddha’s hand.

A romantic walk


Continue the discovery by following one of the “seven paths of paradise” running through the large 15-hectare park beneath the foliage of old oaks, 200-year-old cedars and yews, tulip trees, Judas trees and other species. Two belvederes provide perfect spots for admiring the stunning scenery.
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