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What to expect
The Chèvreloup Arboretum
The Chèvreloup Arboretum is a magnificent botanical garden located in the Versailles-Chèvreloup estate, spanning over 200 hectares of natural and landscaped spaces. Open year-round, except on May 1st and during the period from December 25th to January 1st, it offers visitors the opportunity to explore a vast collection of trees from temperate or cold regions of the world, perfectly adapted to the climate of the Île-de-France region.
- From March 1st to October 31st: from 10 am to 6 pm, ticket office closes at 5 pm.
- From November 1st to end of February: from 10 am to 5 pm, ticket office closes at 4 pm.
Collections of the Arboretum
The Chèvreloup Arboretum houses a remarkable diversity of plant species. Here are some key figures:
- 2,500 species and varieties of trees and shrubs in the open air.
- 8,000 species and varieties of plants in greenhouses.
Tree species are distributed according to their botanical relationships and geographical or horticultural origins, following a well-defined planting plan.
Rules for Dogs
Dogs are welcome at the Arboretum, but they must be kept on a leash due to the preservation of the wildlife that inhabits this area.
Main Attractions of the Arboretum
The Heron Pond occupies a central position in the horticultural zone of the Arboretum. It is bordered by the meadow of Japanese cherry trees to the north, shrub beds to the west, and the collection of flowering apple trees to the east.
Oak Hill is a grove composed of centuries-old trees, testifying to the developments made in the 17th century. This part of the park was once used by Louis XIV to expand his private hunting domain.
Blue Cedars Alley
A true marvel, the Blue Cedars Alley stretches for nearly 800 meters. It is made up of Atlas Cedars (Cedrus atlantica), recognizable by their magnificent gray-blue color.
The Chèvreloup Reservoir was built as early as 1680, according to Le Nôtre's plans, at the request of Louis XIV. It served to supply the fountains of the Palace of Versailles.
Former Nursery Woods
Located to the west of the site, the former Nursery Woods is an area where trees are cultivated for the park's needs. Here, you can discover a wide variety of species, from the most common to the rarest trees.
The Chèvreloup Arboretum also offers activities and special events throughout the year, such as guided tours, exhibitions, conferences, and workshops for children.
For botany enthusiasts and nature lovers, a visit to the Chèvreloup Arboretum is an essential experience. Whether you are seeking knowledge or simply wishing to relax in an enchanting setting, this magnificent botanical garden will undoubtedly fulfill your desires.
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