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Château du Rivau
Château du Rivau
Château du Rivau

Walking in the gardens at Le Rivau is like jumping into a magical world, much like the wanderings of a certain little girl in wonderland. Over six hectares, the gardens bring to life the most famous medieval legends through fourteen fairy-tale scenes. Follow in the footsteps of goblins, fairies, and fantastical creatures. From giant vegetables in Gargantua’s vegetable patch, to the iron dragon in the enchanted forest, to characters from Lewis Carroll’s fairy tales in the Alice in Rivau-land labyrinth; all offering botanical gardens, games, and artistic works. Contemporary art can be found throughout the grounds in the form of monumental sculptures — imagine that Puss in Boots has lost his seven-league boots or that a horse has escaped from enchanted stables... The gardens are recognised as a Remarkable Garden of France by the French Ministry of Culture, and the château’s ornamental plants are managed in line with sustainable development principles. Composting, restricted use of pesticides, manual weeding, and bulb recycling all demonstrate the environmental focus at Le Rivau. The gardeners work with the utmost respect for the environment to maintain the botanical features within the castle’s gardens.

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