In St Cloud, at the foot of the so-called Jardins du Trocadéro, inside the Parc de St Cloud.
A playground, during and after school, amongst the winding paths, thickets, fountains and aviaries.
Landscaped under Louis XVIII and Charles X, intended for the “children of France”, the nephews and the nieces of the King, it comprises a rich and diversified botanical collection.
Between the forests and the ponds of the Gâtinais, a hunting ground, at my parents’, during week-ends and the holidays.
In the Aude near Carcassonne, during the summer months, at my grandmother’s, set amongst vegetable and flower gardens, in the shade of a magnificent greenhouse, of a terrace reflecting a life in Africa and a bamboo garden reminiscent of what Indochina was like back when she lived out there.
And finally, the Surrey, in Great-Britain, of my teenage years.
This manor has been my home for 25 years.
I believe a garden is thought out and felt depending on the surrounding buildings.
I took the time required to renovate the house.
The time to observe nature, the time for my three children to be born and the time to soak up what existed around my house and elsewhere and that I loved.
Being a small seigniorial estate divided up during the Revolution, this house also retraces the history of a French village.
On my arrival, the “elderly” told me all about “their house”.
The history of an important family in the 19th century, important for the village, for the house which required from the village priest a substantial amount of research and writing.
The Domaine has recently been renovated to align with the Terrier Plan that date from the late 17th century.
Once again, horticulture is the key factor. Christian Coureau came to prune the ancient box trees into cloud shapes; these bushes are key historic features of the house.
As a frequent visitor of garden and plant events, I met Claudie and Gérard Adeline.
Their help gave my garden the opportunity to adorn itself, depending on the season, with bark, flowers, leaves or fructifications, each more beautiful than the others.
Thanks to them, the Arboretum was able to see the light of day.
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pictures of gardens
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LATE FLOWERING NARCISSUS, Allium, Foxtail Lilly, Lilly, Iris, Peony (tree and herbaceous), Rose bushes, perennials. Magnolia, Lilac, Flowering and Kousa Dogwood, Viburnum, Amelanchier, Deutzia, Cladrastis, Davidia, Michelia yunnanensis. Clematis, Chinese and Japanese Wisteria.
ALL THE LITTLLE FRUITS.
Daylillies, Crocosmia, Lavender, Dalhias, Agapanthus, Potentilla, Salvia and other perennials.
AROMATIC PLANTS herbs and mints. Tulip tree, Catalpa, Japanese Pagoda tree, Styrax, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Abelia, Ceanothus, Clerodendron, Indigofera, Itea, Weigela, Hibiscus, Buddleia, Hydrangea, Vitex.
WATERLILLIES AND LOTUS FLOWERS.
Stonecrop, Heather, Aser, grasses. Climbing Roses, Eleagnus, Osmanthus, Camellia sasanqua.
FOLIAGE COLOURS (Acer, Taxodium, Metasequoia, Quercus palustris, Nyssa, Hickory, Ginkgo, Persian Ironwood tree, Stewartia, Spindle tree…) Apple, pears, quinces, figs, blueburries, elderberry…
SUCCESSIVE FLOWERING of bulbs on the lans, in flowerbeds and under exposed fruit trees, Hellebores, Witch Hazel, Edgeworthia, Camellia japonica, Sweet Box, Daphne, Sweetest Honeysuckle, Prunus.
BEAUTIFUL BARK under the winter sun : Himalayan Birch, Nigra, Northern Chinese Red Birch, Paperbark Maple, Sweetgum, Chinese Willow, CONIFEERS Fir, Incense Cedar, Himalayan Cedar, Lebanon Cedar, Atlas Cedar, Flase Cypress, Japanee Cedar, Layland Cypress, Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine, Japanese White Pine, Sequoia, Hemlock. Turkish Hazel and Willow Catkins.
Creation of the Arboretum
Interview of Claudie Adeline
It is in 2006 that Valérie and I met at the exhibition of Saint Jean de Beauregard at which we immediately got on well. Having been invited by her to visit her park, we travelled there and began, at first, to enrich the existing park with rare plants.
During the planting works, she told us she had bought a plot of land of around 1 hectare at the end of her park for her horses to graze.
Defenders of biodiversity and of the environment, we had installed next to our own collection plant nursery a 5 ha arboretum gathering over 2,000 varieties of plants. We invited Valérie to come and visit it. She was impressed by the number of plants she wasn’t acquainted with yet. It is following this visit that she had the idea of creating an arboretum on the plot she had just acquired.
The following year, the understory plants and then the smaller plants, often planted in groups, were planted.
“It is with great satisfaction that Valerie shows her visitors the Arboretum, a botanical conservatory gathering around 300 different species, which contrasts with the park which also presents rare varieties but with an aspect very romantic in some places and structured in others”.
Another area is currently being created and already comprises Quercus, Nyssa, Carya, Liquidambar, Malus and Crataegus collections…