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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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  • This beautiful park has many species of trees and plants: to see all season a nice walk
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  • allow two hours of guaranteed disconnection, in sub wood, around the lake or vacationing in the rooms of the Castle host, through the plants and flowers depending on the season, two of this beautiful and historic city that is windmills, cradle of the Bourbons history
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  • Really beautiful park. Very well maintained. An exceptional place. Which allows you to relax and forget the stress of the day...
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  • A very nice Park for all those who love plants, very well maintained and developed. Ideal for strolling on a beautiful day. Go ahead!!!
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  • Very nice place that allows a pretty discovery and a beautiful course in serenity. I recommend.
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  • Very pleasant place to visit. The trees are beautiful in spring or fall.
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  • Must for all lovers of trees!
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  • A beautiful park French as on love
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