On March 20, 2017, after seven months of work, visitors will be able to (re)discover the joys of strolling and contemplation in the heart of the château’s French formal gardens. These gardens, seamlessly linking the château and forest, will restore the majesty of the monument’s distinguished facade.
Between the reign of Louis XIV and the Marshal de Saxe’s visits to Chambord in the mid-18th century, the château’s immediate surroundings were transformed through significant terracing, hydraulic works, and landscaping. The marshy environment that existed during Francis I’s time gave way to a tamed space that echoed the building’s magnificence. The French formal gardens designed in 1734 were a key feature of this transformation. These gardens, which gradually fell into disuse after the Revolution, were finally reduced to simple lawn parterres in 1970. This marked a transition period that lasted more than 40 years.
This large-scale project, which is an issue of cultural heritage, history, esthetics, and landscaping, was approved in principal by the President of the Republic when he visited Chambord in December 2014 and scientifically approved by the National Commission of Historic Monuments in January 2015. It was made possible thanks to the patronage of Mr. Stephen Schwarzman, an American philanthropist committed to the preservation of universal cultural heritage.