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Gardens of the Loire Valley

  • Loire Valley, France

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Last updated: 13 March, 2024

Maine-et-Loire, usually referred to as Anjou, is often dubbed the ‘Garden of France’ – with a temperate climate and fertile soils. It’s France’s leading producer of everything from apples and hydrangeas to bedding plants and bulbs. Orchards, fields of vegetables and vineyards carpet the rolling countryside.

It also has a long tradition of fabulous decorative gardens, ranging from the classic gardens of historic chateaux and manor houses, laid out in ornate geometrical patterns, to rare plant collections, rose gardens, Oriental gardens, and even Europe’s first plant theme park.

Who to go with: tour operators


Gardens of Chateau Rivau

  • Lemere, Centre-Val de Loire, France

Two giant wellington boots statues in the chateau gardens


A fairytale castle of medieval architecture straight from a storybook, with 14 superb, sculpture-strewn gardens and its own wine.

Adult price: 10

Good for age: 18+

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  • Angers, Pays de la Loire, France

Flowers and bushes shaped into a face at the entrance to the park


Terra Botanica

Europe’s first theme park devoted exclusively to plant life hosts 275,000 tropical trees and plants over 17 hectares, with plant-themed attractions and dazzling displays of horticulture.

Adult price: 17

Good for age: 4+


Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Fabulous gardens are spread all over the Loire – just turn up and enjoy. A few, such as Terra Botanica, can be reached by public transport, but most are only accessible by car or bike.  

Guest and Garden-Hote et Jardin is an association of chambres d’hotes (B&Bs) and self-catering cottages around the Loire Valley, all set in beautiful gardens, many in historic buildings. For mroe gardens see the gardens section on the tourism website.



When to do it

In summer, most gardens open daily. Hours are more limited in spring and autumn, and most close in winter (December-February). 

April to October is best to make the most of long days and flowers in bloom.