The Great Hours of Anne de Bretagne and her richly illustrated herbal are centre-stage in the park.
Anne de Bretagne, Queen of France, who was married at the château in 1491, appreciated the art of gardens, as is shown by these Great Hours, which she commissioned from Jean Bourdichon in 1505. This prayer book has the feature of showing 337 plants in the margins of its pages. At the time, plants were as much for pleasure as for healing.
The large-format reproductions of the herbal, together with recipes by Hildegard of Bingen, Bartolomeo Sacchi, called Bartolomeo Platina, and Jean Bruyerin-Champier, highlight the inescapable benefits of plants.
This exhibition enables visitors to discover or re-discover the château's park, with its cedar- and sequoia-lined paths overlooking the Loire Valley.
(entry to the exhibition at no extra cost)
Adult: € 9
Child (aged 10-17): € 5
Free for the under-10s