The garden of the Château du Rivau

Contemporary garden

The gardens of the Château du Rivau are a resolutely contemporary creation, an invitation to enter a fanciful universe, where botanical richness combines with a collection of contemporary art.

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The gardens of the Château du Rivau, a contemporary and fun creation

At the foot of the 15th century castle, 14 gardens invite visitors of all ages on a stroll intended to awaken the senses and the imagination. It was in 1992 that Eric and Patricia Laigneau bought the Rivau estate to rehabilitate it. From 1995, after having attended the Versailles landscape school, Patricia Laigneau focused on the design of gardens to which she imbued a resolutely contemporary spirit. Graphics and colors are the guidelines of the project associated with the fabulous world of fairy tales evoked by oversized contemporary works. The lavender knot beds, the Gargantua Vegetable Garden, the Enchanted Forest, the Border of Delice, the Cassinina, the fragrant alley, the Paradise Orchard, the love potion garden, the Secret Garden and the Princess garden Rapunzel takes visitors on a fun walk conducive to relaxation and sharing.

The combination of a botanical garden and an open-air museum

The design of the Rivau gardens is based on the presentation of plants which gives the whole a particularly graphic rendering. Lines, curves, intertwining, labyrinths punctuate the journey. The palette of plants is rich in colors and textures. 475 varieties of fragrant rose bushes, 100 varieties of bulbs and tubers, 171 varieties of perennials, 277 varieties of Iris, 199 varieties of shrubs, 83 varieties of trees, grasses and old varieties of vegetables from Val-de-Loire compose it. It should be noted that the gardens of Château du Rivau are labeled “remarkable garden”, conservatory of fragrant roses and conservatory of old varieties of vegetables. The botanical collection is combined with a collection of contemporary art whose pieces have the common theme of wonder. The works challenge, question and amuse visitors with their excess and sometimes even the discrepancy they provoke.

To note. 12 rooms have been designed to provide an immersive experience at Château du Rivau.

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