- Château Gaillard, the experimental garden of the best-known gardener of Europe in 1500 -
DDOM PACELLO, THE LEONARDO OF GARDENS.
Thanks to his botanical genius and his "Arte del Verde", Dom Pacello Mazarrotta da Mercogliano was the architect of the royal gardens of the Renaissance under Louis XII and François I. He domesticated nature without seeking to dominate it.
He was 50 years old when he arrived at Château Gaillard, and he lived until he was 87.
He was a humanist Benedictine monk whose writings attest to his erudition and his vast culture, which brought him the esteem of the Kings and Queens of France.
His motto was “Noli me orruscat tangere ut sidus”: "Do not touch me, he (Dom Pacello) shines like a celestial body (sun)".
Charles VIII dreamt of recreating the marvellous gardens of Naples and of the Villa Poggio Reale. Dom Pacello transposed them to Château Gaillard in "beds and terraces of orange trees". A festival of colours and flowers, of vegetables, citrus plants, orange trees, golden apples, and peach trees blossomed forth for the first time in France.