THE REVIVAL OF GARDENS
The work was huge, and nevertheless lasted only five months. One hundred people worked relentlessly to recreate the formal French style gardens of the castle such as they were in the XVIIIth century. Because in the Renaissance, they did not exist yet. Chambord having indeed been set up on swampy lands, difficult to fit out, the neighborhoods of the castle remained rather wild until the time of Louis XIV.
The first works began in the XVIIth century, to be quickly stopped, then were resumed during the stay of king of Poland, Stanislas Leszczynski, who settled down in Chambord between 1725 and 1733. The Polish sovereign complained then about epidemics of malaria which affected his staff during summer, sign that it was time to clean up this swamp. The works, begun under Louis XIV, thus continued from 1730: bridges, dikes, canal and terrace are so born.
Once the ground was cleaned up, it was ready to welcome a formal garden according to a drawing of 1734. Plantations were realized on 6,5 ha, enhanced afterward by surprising exotic species, such as the 250 pineapple foot, 121 orange trees, lemon tree and limonier … However, from the Revolution, the garden decayed, for lack of maintenance. In the XXth century, there were only some spaces of lawn until 2016, when the project to recreate the gardens of Chambord was born.
MAKE THE LOST GARDENS BE REBORN
The flowerbeds of lawn, beds and rows of trees and bowers were restored in their original forms and dimensions in only five months. Some species were replaced by others: chestnut trees from India and old-style box trees suffering today from diseases, some other species of close aspect replace them. On the other hand, pineapple and citrus fruits are back!
All in all, this titanic work will have mobilized about one hundred persons to transplant 618 trees, 840 shrubs, more than 15 000 plants of border and about 11 000 flowery perennials. The project was thought in a concern of sustainable development: choice of long-lasting species, asking for not much maintenance, and for no phytosanitary treatment.
Since spring 2017, you can admire the magnificent blooming of 176 rosebushes and visit the gardens, and thus, for a long time!