Reopening of the gardens at Château de Chambord

  • Gardens at Chateau de Chambord, Loire Valley, France

    Gardens at Chateau de Chambord - © Petr Kovalenkov-shutterstock

    Gardens at Chateau de Chambord, Loire Valley, France

    Gardens at Chateau de Chambord - © Petr Kovalenkov-shutterstock

  • Chateau de Chambord, Loire Valley, France

    Chateau de Chambord - © StevanZZ-shutterstock

    Chateau de Chambord, Loire Valley, France

    Chateau de Chambord - © StevanZZ-shutterstock

Reopening of the gardens at Château de Chambord chambord fr

The gardens at the Château de Chambord are once again open to the public after seven months of restoration work was completed in March.

The gardens closed when work began in August 2016 which cost 3.5 million euros to complete, at the castle in the Loire valley. The landscape of the Château de Chambord has been in need of restoration since the French Revolution and finally with the help of US billionaire Stephen Schwarzman who provided finance for the work the enormous task could commence. A minimalist ethos had been seen throughout the estate lawns for several decades but in 2015 the French national commission for historic monuments decided it was time to take action and restore the gardens of the Château de Chambord to their former glory.

The renovation is the culmination of over a decade of planning with research for the project taking 14 years to ensure the modern gardens were historically representative as originally during the 18th century under King Louis XIV. The research sought archives, plans and scientific data to arrange layouts and allow the gardens to be as authentic as possible down to every centimetre of grass.

Work on the project was undertaken by a team of 100 who installed over 30000 plants and 800 trees which create alley-ways and outlines over the 5 acre plot which encourage pleasant walks through groves and plant-life.

More work is planned across the grounds of the Château de Chambord over the coming months and years which visitors to the Château can certainly look forward too.