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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  • We crossed the France and we needed to take a break for lunch and to stretch their legs... Very nice Park, with many varieties of plants, trees... The Park is huge and well maintained! Nice ride.
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  • We had so enjoyed the arboretum of Whaile this summer we've redone the trip to (re) discover adorned in its autumn colors. We were overwhelmed as the Castle Park was absolutely beautiful, as shown in the attached photos. So, we plan a next trip to Villeneuve-on-Allier to discover the arboretum next spring...
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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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  • 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.
  • My daughter and her husband made their marriage in this beautiful lieu.un beautiful park, a beautiful castle, very nice owners... very nice place
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  • Must for all lovers of nature. Fairy
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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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  • Very nice place to visit.
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