Arboretum de Balaine, Villeneuve-sur-Allier

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The Arboretum de Balaine is a historic arboretum located in Villeneuve-sur-Allier, Allier, Auvergne, France. It is open daily in the warmer months; an admission fee is charged.The arboretum was created in 1804 by Aglaia Adanson, daughter of naturalist Michel Adanson, as an English-style park on surrounding a mansion inherited her father. She formed an arboretum of exotic species, following the example of Joséphine de Beauharnais at the Château de Malmaison in Rueil. The family has continued to own the park since its creation, and describe it as the oldest private botanical park in France. It was classified a historical monument in 1993.Today the arboretum contains about 2500 taxa planted across 200 years, including Acer palmatum, Cypress, Fagus, Carya, Liquidambar, Nyssa, Quercus, and Sassafras, as well as azaleas, camellias, davidias, magnolias, rhododendrons, viburnums, a fine collection of Cornus, and old roses and hydrangeas. Noteworthy specimens include a 36-meter giant sequoia planted in 1856, a Sequoia sempervirens, a 45-meter bald cypress from Louisiana planted in 1822, and a 30-meter tupelo .
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  • I went in this idyllic and romantic place with my wife on this hot day of August 27. This place will delight all contemplative people and aspiring to the quiet, stroll down the aisles lined with magnificent trees, admire the wonderful colors that we offer flowers, walk you around the pond with its wonderful booth. Congratulations and thanks to the owners for their great work!
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  • We stopped at the castle of Whaile, to spend the night in the area of Aglaia live to visit the arboretum. We were beautifully greeted and found a remarkable site with among others the bicentenaries Redwood 45 m high and a variety of unique species for garden lovers. We particularly recommend this as well address for its Park for lodging for travellers who want to cut the road between the West and the East (and vice versa). An oasis of happiness!
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  • We loved our tour of the Whaile Arboretum, which is worth only a trip in Bourbonnais, a few kilometres from mills. If you enjoy the tranquility of the English garden, the arboretum will delight you beyond your expectations. Indeed, you will find a worthy of the most beautiful gardens of Cornwall Park to the South West of England. Classified remarkable garden, the arboretum of the Whaile Castle is a beautiful English garden of 20 hectares created in 1804 by Aglaia Adanson. This Park brings together more than 3500 species of plants, including a remarkable collection of maples and several bicentenaries trees: sequoias, cypresses, pines... The Park is beautifully maintained by the heirs of Aglaé Adanson, who welcomed us with much kindness. We promised to come back to experience the Park in the spring and fall. Indeed, a simple 'Google Images' detour shows that this park is a real plant fireworks in all seasons and to come back often to enjoy the beauty of all these plant paintings. It is surely one of the most beautiful private gardens of France...
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  • Must go if you are plant lover! 200 years of collection. We went to in April for plant sales weekend. It was so much fun.
  • I went in this idyllic and romantic place with my wife on this hot day of August 27. This place will delight all contemplative people and aspiring to the quiet, stroll down the aisles lined with magnificent trees, admire the wonderful colors that we offer flowers, walk you around the pond with its wonderful booth. Congratulations and thanks to the owners for their great work!
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  • Beautiful landscapes for a magical ride! To visit without hesitation if you are in the area
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  • In love with the beautiful plants, beautiful gardens and beautiful trees, don't miss a nice visit! Enjoy the Festival of flowers and plants which is held the weekend of 15/16 April
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  • Quiet and relaxing
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