Villandry features the finest formal gardens in Europe. The dilapidated gardens and castle were restored to their 16th century glory in the 1900's, by a wealthy American heiress, Ann Coleman, and her French husband Joachim Carvallo.
It takes 8 gardeners working full time to plant, prune and care for the 60,000 vegetable plants and 45,000 other varietals set out each year.
Visitors will enjoy seeing the manmade lake, and the specialty sun, herb, water and music gardens, among many others. Much historical research by Carvallo went into restoring the original Renaissance layout of the grounds.