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The gardens and the arboretum

It all begin in the Parc de Saint Cloud, at the foot of the Trocadero gardens near Paris. The park’s sinuous alleys, thickets, ornamental ponds and aviary were my playground during and after school. The park was created for the “children of France” – nephew and niece of the King – during the reign of Louis XVIII and Charles X and holds a rich and diverse collection of botanical delights.

The splendid shaded greenhouse and sunny terrace were memories of another life in Africa. There was also the bamboo garden, her memory of Asia, where she had lived for a time.

Finally, my adolescence, spent in the gardens of Surrey, Great Britain.

This manor has been my home for 27 years.
A garden, for me, begins with its buildings and moves outward thoughtfully and with feelings. So, I started by working on the house.
Giving me time to observe the nature,
time to welcome my three children into the world,
time also to take inspiration from all that existed around my home and elsewhere.

Au commencement, j’ai acheté fruitiers, rosiers anglais, vivaces, que j’ai planté autour du manoir.

Consciente de mes lacunes j’ai suivi quelques cours de botanique, de jardinage et d’Histoire des Jardins.

Les anciens du village m’ont apporté une monographie du XIXè siècle qui nous permit de reconstituer un petit domaine seigneurial conforme au dernier plan Terrier.

Petit à petit, nous avons réussi à recréer ce lien qui m’est si cher, entre le bâti et le végétal.

Nous avons travaillé d’arrache-pied à la préservation d’un patrimoine, local et vivrier. Nous aménagé les jardins, diversifié les cultures et planté des variétés anciennes.

Aujourd’hui, le Domaine de Poulaines est plus bien qu’un jardin : c’est à la fois un arboretum, un fructicerum et un jardin des plantes.

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Un havre de biodiversité et un véritable conservatoire botanique abritant plus de 300 espèces différentes.

Pour le plus grand plaisir de nos visiteurs.

Valérie Esnault

Calendar of blooms

Spring

Flowering of late narcissus, alliums, eremurus, lilies, iris, peonies (shrub and herbaceous), rose bushes, perennials, magnolias, lilac (syringa), cornus, florida and kousa, viburnum, shadbush, deutzia, cladrastis, davida, michelia yunnanensis, clematises, chinese and japanese glycine.

All the small fruits.

Summer

The aromatic plants and herbs, mints, hemerocallis (daylilies), crocosmias, lavender, dahlias, agapanthus, potentillas, salvia and other perennials, liriodendron, catalpa, sophora japonica, styrax, aesculus parviflora, abelia, ceanothus, clerodendron, indigofera, itea, weigela, hibiscus, buddleias, hydrangeas, vitex.

Water lilies and lotus.

Autumn

Colours of the foliage, acer, taxodium, metasequoia, quercus palustris, nyssa, carrya, gingko, parrotia (ironwood), stewartia, euonymus…)
sedums, heathers, asters, gramineous, rose bushes, repeat-flowerers, elaeagnus, osmanthus, sasanqua camellia.

Apples, pears, quinces, figs, blueberries, elderberries and more.

Winter

Successive blooms the bulbs on the lawns, in the flowerbeds, at the foot of the fruit trees; hellebore, hamamelis (witch-hazel), edgworthia, camellia japonica, sarcoccoca, daphne, lonicera fragantissima, prunus.
The beauty of bark and catkin in the winter sun: betula jacquemontii, nigra, albosinensis, acer griseum, liquidambar, salix matsudana, coryllus and salix.
Conifers:  abies, calocedrus, cedrus deodora, libani, atlantica, chamaecyparis, cryptomeria, cupressocyparis, pinus artistata et parviflora, sequoia, tsuga

Domaine de Poulaines