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date: 05 August 2020

Villandry, Château de 

The Oxford Companion to the Garden
Patrick TaylorPatrick Taylor

Villandry, Indre-et-Loire, France, was built shortly after 1532 when the estate was acquired by Jean Breton. The gardens here were famous in the 16th century but an 18th-century owner, the Marquis de Castellane, thought them old fashioned and put in their place an English-style park. The chateau overlooks the river Cher, upstream from the point where it flows into the Loire. In the early 20th century the estate was bought by Dr Joachim Carvallo who restored the chateau to its Renaissance appearance and set about making an appropriate garden. In the absence of any information about the appearance of the original garden Dr Carvallo took his inspiration from the engravings of 16th-century gardens by ... ...

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