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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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  • An interesting mid 19th century garden, now a little overrun that could be a gem if better cared for, set in the countryside near to Villeneuve sur Allier and little hard to find. It offered a pleasan...  more »
  • We were lucky enough to be near Arboretum Balaine on a weekend on April 2016 when it hosted a heritage plant fair. Although it was cloudy and there was a pretty constant drizzle, we thoroughly enjoyed...  more »
  • The grounds are beautiful and most plants and trees are labeled. Very peaceful. There are swans, a lake and many places to enjoy. A good stop.  more »
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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.
  • 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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  • For a nice walk as a couple or with your family, this is the ideal corner!
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  • Very pretty
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