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Arboretum de la Fosse in Loir-et-Cher

Arboretum de la Fosse in Loir-et-Cher

** The Loir is a calm river which rises in the Center region to complete its course, some 300 km further on, near Angers. Between the two, he married the hillsides of the arboretum de la Fosse, one of the oldest in France. The landscape design of this garden located in the town of Fontaine-les-Coteaux was carried out at the beginning of the 19th century. However, the first exotic plantations date from the end of the 18th century. Since this period, seven generations of the same family have succeeded to develop this project. Little by little, they managed to contain the plants of the Loir valley in order to prevent them from dominating the exotic plants they were trying to install. Successful bet today with nearly 1,000 varieties coming mainly from Asia and the United States which mix harmoniously within the 25 hectares of the park. **

Arboretum of the Pit


P. Gérard The park is classified as a historic monument. As such, its owners must decide what is important to protect. Here, what is immutable is the plan, the drawing of the park (the layout of an alley, the location of a clearing, etc.) fixed at the beginning of the 19th century by Alexandre-Sébastien Gérard, engineer of the Bridges. Apart from these circulations, it is the regime of freedom which prevails with in sight the two objectives of the botanical richness and the landscape interest. Here, a Lebanon Cedar planted in 1810.

Arboretum of the Pit


P. Gérard It's spring at the arboretum. Here, a Xanthoceras sorbifolium, a shrub native to northern China, sees its branches covered with clusters of white flowers like bellflowers.

Arboretum of the Pit


P. Gérard The rhododendrons form a real wood in the alleys from which we can, in May, enjoy their flowering.

Arboretum of the Pit


P. Gérard The Cornus nuttallii is native to the western United States. In spring, it is covered with large white or pink-tinged flowers. In the fall, its leaves will take on magnificent pink hues.

Arboretum of the Pit


P. Gérard The tissue tree (Davidia involucrata) is very original because of its long white bracts that accompany its flowers. Fruit will follow in the form of green balls which will remain in the tree all winter.

Arboretum of the Pit


P. Gérard Here are the Cornus Florida with autumnal foliage on fire and Photinia Davidiana. One is from North America, the other from West China. In this, they illustrate well the choice of the arboretum to mix American and Asian plants. The park does not work according to geographic or origin systems (American garden, etc.), or even botanical (oak garden, fir garden, etc.). On the contrary, at the turn of its alleys and clearings, plants from very distant continents are invited to coexist for the pleasure of our eyes!

Arboretum of the Pit


P. Gérard Magnificent play of colors between the yellow foliage of American walnut trees in autumn and the purple flowering of Naples cyclamen under its antlers.

Arboretum of the Pit


P. Gérard After the yellow light, here is the red conflagration at the turn of another alley. Sure, fall is here!

Arboretum of the Pit


P. Gérard This is the Magnolia Ashei. This tree native to the southeast of the United States is rare and protected. It is less its flowering that attracts attention than its giant leaves (60 cm long) that can be compared to those of the banana tree.

Arboretum of the Pit


P. Gérard The flowers of Magnolia Wilsonii are white and fragrant and open from June to July. This tree requires shade and usually grows in China and at high altitudes.