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Visits to the Poulaines Gardens and Arboretum

Visits to the Poulaines Gardens and Arboretum

Awarded in 2014 to the Poulaines gardens and arboretum, the "remarkable garden" label came to reward 23 years of long and patient landscaping work. From a childhood that led her every day, after school, to play under the old trees of the Trocadéro gardens, Valérie Esnault will keep a deep love for the gardens. For her, the botanical adventure began in the early 80s, with the acquisition of a 15th century manor nestled in the heart of a Berry village, near the castles of Valencay and Bourges. To feed her inspiration, Valérie shows a great curiosity which leads her to travel to Great Britain, Belgium or even Italy to discover remarkable gardens. At the same time, she surrounds herself with specialists, gardeners and landscapers, to guide her in the conception of different plant atmospheres and the choice of species. Today, the Poulaines manor can boast a landscaped belt of 4.5 hectares, out of the 25 on the property. Along its route, the visitor will discover a rose garden, a waterway, a Koï carp basin ... Then, following the source garden, it will lead to the arboretum rich in 400 species.

Poulaines Gardens and Arboretum


DR Koïs carps bask in the pool dedicated to them.

Poulaines Gardens and Arboretum


DR Petite, Valérie Esnault loved to dream in the bamboo forest brought back from Indochina by her grandmother. She created her own bamboo plantation in memory of these childhood emotions.

Poulaines Gardens and Arboretum


DR The arboretum now has 400 trees, all labeled. As the seasons go by, the species renew the spectacle: flowering of magnolias and malus in spring, hygrangeas and oxydendrum in summer, shine of the foliage of maple trees and liquidambars in autumn…

Poulaines Gardens and Arboretum


DR For the planting of the boxwood, Valérie Esnault enlisted the help of the French specialist Pierre Joyaux.

Poulaines Gardens and Arboretum


DR This country lane exudes an exquisite charm in spring, thanks to the blooming of lilacs. The circulation areas are soberly demarcated by a shorter cut which preserves the ecological balance of the adjoining spaces.

Poulaines Gardens and Arboretum


DR The winter season does not alter the charm of these enclosures, surrounded by fruit trees led in espalier and lined with mineral mulch of the most beautiful effect.

Poulaines Gardens and Arboretum


DR An elegant water path, surrounded by a stone coping, adds a calm and lively note to this part of the garden.

Poulaines Gardens and Arboretum


DR The Poulaines arboretum was created with the help of Claudie Adeline, a recognized specialist in rare plants and herself the creator of a 5 hectare arboretum.

Poulaines Gardens and Arboretum


DR At times the show is so impressive that the words become almost useless…