September 5, 2023

A Guest Blog from a Visit to the Gardens of Villandry

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, whenever a member of my team returns from vacation, I always encourage them to share some of their photos.

This summer, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, traveled to France for the first time. Among his many day tours, he visited the famous château and gardens of Villandry, located in the département of Indre-et-Loire. Once part of a medieval fortress and known as Colombiers, the land passed through several owners - Jean Breton, treasury secretary to de Francois I; the Comte Michel-Ange de Castellane, ambassador of Louis XV; Jérôme Bonaparte, the younger brother of Napoleon; financier Pierre Laurent Hainguerlot, and then in 1906, Joachim Carvallo and his wife, Ann Coleman, heiress to the Coleman fortune. Joachim and Ann spent extensive time and money to redesign the extraordinary property - all of which sit on 15-acres, with the seven-acre garden forming a 360-degree backdrop for the château. In 1934, Château de Villandry was designated a Historic Monument.

Here are just some of Ryan's photos, enjoy.