Visit to rose gardens in the Loire Valley
Wednesday 15 May 2024 - Saturday 18 May 2024
The tour will probably start from Azay le Rideau enabling people to continue their stay in the region if they so desire, and so participants will arrange their own transport to Tours.
We plan to take you to some beautiful gardens created by people with a passion for old roses. The itinerary would include most of the following gardens.
- Le Chateau du Rivau is situated in the heart of the Regional Nature Reserve of the Loire Valley and is a World Heritage Site.The owner, Patricia Laigneau, is a great lover of roses and has assembled a very large collection of old roses, both once and repeat flowering, including some which are seldom seen, also many species and rugosa roses. The rest of the gardens in the 12 acres have been recreated from documents in the archives of Le Rivau, which was made famous by Rabelais. Patricia Laigneau would be happy to meet us and show us round. She is particularly fond of the most fragrant roses and has a garden dedicated to them.
- Le Chateau du Lude – La Comtesse de Nicolaÿ, also a lover of old roses, has created a rose garden near the chateau and overlooking the peaceful setting alongside the river. At the time we propose this visit there will be a Gardeners’ Weekend event at the chateau with other people displaying their plants and products to add to the interest.
- Manoir de Possoniėre This is the birthplace of Pierre de Ronsard, 16th century poet, and is kept by the Département as a memorial to him. There is a large collection of old roses and species set in island beds and well labelled. The rest of the garden is very pleasant. The church in the village, which dates from the 13th century, was modified by Louis de Ronsard, Pierre’s father, in the 16th century and is decorated with many shields bearing the Ronsard coat of arms. He also decorated the manor with sculptures which are one of the first manifestations of the influence of the Italian Renaissance in France.
- Jardin du Plessis Sasnières This is a garden different from any of the gardens one normally encounters in France.Rosamée Henrion is an admirer of English gardens and has created a garden in the English style, in tune with the landscape. It has been developed gradually since it was inherited in 1960. The variety and range of plants is impressive, as are the plant combinations and the settings created for them. It is indeed an enchanting garden to visit.
- Les Jardins de Roquelin A beautiful, informal garden planted with a mix of trees, shrubs, perennials and roses with the emphasis very much on the latter. There are 450 roses in total made up of a wonderful mix of historic roses, modern roses and many climbers and ramblers. Many of the ramblers come from chance seedlings found in the garden and look superb growing up into the trees. There is also a superb curvilinear greenhouse rescued by the owner Stéphane Chassine who used to work for André Eve.
Other possibilities are the villages of roses, Chedigny, an enchanting village full of roses, as well as Chateau de Valmer and Le Javeliere, the latter with the national collection of species roses.
Please advise if you would like to book provisionally for this tour, with confirmation due in January or February, when we shall have more details to present for the final itinerary. This is important as numbers are vital when negotiating with the hotels in advance for small groups.
Register your interest in booking by emailing Mary Hember on firstname.lastname@example.org