Arboretum at Versailles!

And here I am back in old familiar territory of my belle France. I look but did not find any post on this wonderful spot in my beloved Versailles and was surprise. This is a nature’s heaven that should be visited at least once and is easy to get there from the palace.

So , therefore, let me tell you a bit on the Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup, Yvelines 78, Ïle de France region. Please note before the French revolution this area was included in the Domaine de Versailles better known as the Palace/museum but with a lot more dependancies.

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The city limits has the extension of the Chateau de Versailles in its northern borders way beyond what you normally see at the Grand Canal, here the old domaine now greatly reduce gives way to a forest of trees, it is call the Arboretum de Chévreloup! Created in 1924 it gives you a tour of the world in trees covering an area of 50 hectares ( 123.5 acres). You will follow trails showing trees from far away regions as the Himalaya,Europe,China,Japon,Caucausian range, USA, Canada, etc. You will find a trail of cedar trees from the Atlas mountains, Ecus ,Sequoias, maple syrup erables trees, sycomores,also fruit trees like prunes, apples,and flower trees like paulownias.

The total area now open to the public is 200 hectares (494 acres) , preserving about 2 500 species of trees. An oasis in Versailles. The best way to go there is from Versailles gare d’Europe by ave Saint Cloud, take bus no 19 to stop Parly II/Arboretum, then just walk across the street.  If you are coming straight from Paris at gare rive gauche RER C station, walk to your right cross ave de Paris and continue to avenue de l’Europe to next blvd which is the Avenue de Saint Cloud turn left and the bus 19 stop is right there.

With more than 2,500 species and varieties of trees which coexist and form the richest collection of trees in Europe, the Arboretum of Versailles-Chèvreloup is nevertheless a unique place, managed by the National Museum of Natural History and labeled “Garden remarkable “. From April for the cherry blossoms and magnolias, in the spring for the magnificent rhododendrons or the red chestnut trees or in the fall to discover all the trees in shimmering colors ranging from yellow to red.

Among the spots not to be missed, there are of course, the meadow of Japanese cherry trees, the planting of dwarf conifers, or the Lawsons maze a wandering among conifers with colorful foliage. Take a stroll around the remains of the hydraulic system that supplied the fountains of Versailles, such as the Chèvreloup Reservoir. The Arboretum offers for example a new 10 km route for traveling on 3 continents. A second route, called Ile-de-France, presents the main species of trees and shrubs native to Ile-de-France region.

A couple of webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Arboretum de Versailles Chevreloup in English

National Monuments of France on the Arboretum in English

A nice detour indeed other than the obvious in the city of Versailles. Hope you enjoy it as we do

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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