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Arboretum de Chevreloup, Rocquencourt

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The Arboretum de Chèvreloup is a major arboretum located just north of the Palace of Versailles at 30, route de Versailles, Rocquencourt, Yvelines, Île-de-France, France. It forms part of the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, and is open several days per week in the warmer months; an admission fee is charged.HistoryThe site dates to 1699 when Louis XIV acquired the hamlet of Chèvreloup, demolishing its walls to form a hunting ground near his castle. During the 18th century, botanist Bernard de Jussieu (1699–1777) was a frequent visitor at Versailles, where in 1759 he created a botanical garden at the edge of Chèvreloup in today's Parc de Trianon; this garden was destroyed, however, upon the death of Louis XV. During the French Revolution, Chèvreloup was sold to private owners, then purchased by Napoleon in 1806. In the 19th century it became apparent that the Jardin des Plantes in Paris was too small for a national collection, and in 1922 the conservator of the Estate of Versailles and architect François-Benjamin Chaussemiche (1864–1945) established today's arboretum as the Jardin de Jussieu, annex to the National Museum of Natural History. In 1940, however, it was abandoned. Planting resumed in 1960, with parts of the arboretum opening to the public in 1977.
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  • Nice family walk, appreciated from the largest to the smallest... Affordable entry price (€ 4) and the addition, can picnic there.
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  • I highly recommend visiting the Arboretum of Chevreloup next to the Park of the castle of Versailles. Very nice space where many specimens of beautiful trees thrive. Cedars, black walnut trees, FIR, Douglas, larch, magnolias, plane trees, beeches, ash, alder, redwoods... a lot of space in a quiet (except the rumor of the A13...). Count 2 h 30 visit.
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  • An exceptional place to discover. 1,200 trees species presented. Three courses, including the Red from 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes. Admission: only 4 euros per people. Very few people. Picnic possible among the trees or on tables provided for this purpose.
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  • Amazing park only 15 minutes away from Paris!
  • Home by people passionate and exciting! Unique place, where we learn amazing things on plants and trees, Museum to visit absolutely!
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  • Large, quiet, wild. Ideal for walk alone or accompanied, in family and be running children. Admission is pay 3/4 euros. Place to meditation, zen. Otherwise not much to discover for teens who will be bored.
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  • Very nice place to do in the spring or in the fall for the colors of the foliage
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  • Very nice. See in the fall
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