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The Potager at Villandry

May 7th, 2019

When we visited Villandry, we saved the ornamental potager for last. Even though we had seen it from the top of the tower (which is admittedly the best viewing angle for this particular garden), it was overwhelming! There are nine beds, each with an intricate design that is different from the others.

Even though I’ve seen this garden on TV and in books, nothing prepared me for the size, scale, and detail of it. It’s truly something to behold!














The Greenhouse Area at Villandry

May 1st, 2019

The night before we actually toured the chateau and gardens of Villandry, we took an evening stroll around town. As we peeked over the walls at Villandry, we spotted their greenhouse and work area. After touring the inside of the chateau, we started across the top of the garden by the woodland and made our way along the wide, tree-lined walkway to the greenhouse/work area of the garden. The greenhouse is small, alongside it are quite a number of cold frames. The greenhouses were full of plants, mostly tender annuals and perennials. The cold frames were filled with lettuces in all colors and boxwood cuttings, both prominent features in the extensive ornamental potager.








Growing on one of the stone walls in the greenhouse area was this lovely clematis, which was blooming, in late March. It looks a lot like the Sweet Autumn Clematis we have in the US, but there wasn’t a tag so I’m not sure what it is exactly.


I don’t have photos of the overall cold frame area or the greenhouse area. While I’m still taking photos when I travel, I’m really trying to be selective, taking fewer photos and soaking in the garden more. It can be difficult to do both at the same time. Ideally, it would nice to visit the garden one day then return the following day for photos.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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