Exhibitions

3 june to 18 september : “Vilmorin/Villandry 2017, A lineage at the service of plants” (Vilmorin/Villandry 2017, Une lignée au service des plantes)

In 2017, players in the Loire Valley are taking part in the “Loire Valley Gardens” cultural season that highlights one of the reasons for the region’s inclusion in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites: gardens. The campaign, coordinated by the Mission Val de Loire, is bringing together almost 80 local players ranging from Chambord to Angers.

For Villandry, this cultural season is an opportunity to recall, through an exhibition, the action of two dynasties that each in their own way contributed to French excellence in the art of the garden: the Vilmorin and the Carvallo families.
The Vilmorins were a leading family of botanist scholars and seed producers from the time of Louis XV until the 20th century. Marguerite Carvallo, the granddaughter of Elisabeth de Vilmorin and Marc d’Estienne d’Orves (for thirty years one of the directors of the company Vilmorin-Andrieux et Cie), headed the team of gardeners at Villandry for over ten years.

This exhibition also recounts the role played by Ann Coleman alongside her husband Joachim Carvallo in saving the château of Villandry.

Exhibition organised within the framework of the “Loire Valley Gardens” cultural season.

Picture below : portrait of Elisabeth de Vilmorin with a bouquet of flowers painted by Édouard Debat-Ponsan (property of the Société Nationale d’Horticulture de France)

- Portrait of Elisabeth de Vilmorin with a bouquet of flowers painted by Édouard Debat-Ponsan (property of the Société Nationale d’Horticulture de France)