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Château du Rivau Garden

The garden of Chateau Rivau is composed of 12 different gardens inspired by legends of the middle ages. A pleasant walk in the shadow of the Rivau Fortress will take you through the enchanted forest, the flowery meadow, the secret garden and Gargantua's kitchen garden. There is a collection of more than 300 ancient scented roses like the simple but beautiful rose "le chateau du Rivau" obtained by Andre Eve, an impressive collection of David Austin's roses and rare plants of the middle ages (all labeled).

Head Gardener's Comment

Contemporary interpretation of a medieval Garden in the Loire Valley of France. Conservatory of sented Roses More than 400 varieties of Roses Collection of Iris


Gardens were created with landscaper and owner Patricia Laigneau from 1992 until today.

Le Coudray, Lémeré, France, 37120

May to October.

Adult €8

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  • almost 3 years by Kaye 5 / 5

    We visited in June when the Roses were blooming. It has been 7 years and we still talk about that wonderful day strolling through the gardens and standing in the rose path. We will be back!
  • about 3 years by Melinda 5 / 5

    Most beautiful and wonderful gardens in Loire Valley. Their fairytale gardens are a dream come true.
    I Love this fairytale castle!!!
  • about 7 years by Mona Lisa 4 / 5

  • over 8 years by Paul 5 / 5

    With its beautiful garden in the Loire Valley, the Chateau du Rivau is amazingly imaginative. There is so much to be learned there about gardening ! More than 300 old roses can be found in the garden of Rivau and it is a very pleasant walk for the whole family as children may encounter fairies and elves !! Beautiful !!

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Le Chateau du Rivau, France Photograph © Patricia Laigneau
Chateau du Rivau, France Photograph © Château du Rivau
Iris Germanica, Chateau de Rivau Photograph © Patricia Laigneau
Chateau du Rivau Photograph © Château du Rivau