The Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley, France, a castle built from 1519 to 1547 by the King of France, Francois I (1494-1547), is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 1821, it became the private estate of Henri the Count of Chambord (1820-1883) before the French State bought it in 1930.
The castle was built on marshlands and the garden didn’t survive the conditions and was diminished to only lawn areas by 1970. In 2016-2017, the French State commenced major renovations to recreate the castle’s 18th century French garden, after 16 years of research. The flowers were all recreated according to the original garden. Only the tree species were adapted to current conditions and are not all the exact species that were originally there.
There are additional roses, such as the “Catherine Deneuve” roses to celebrate the French movie star’s film “Donkey Skin” by Jacques Demy, shot in the Château de Chambord grounds in 1970.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls