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Apremont-Sur-Allier Floral Garden

Awarded the ‘remarkable garden’ label, this floral garden is a really pleasing to the eye! In spring, let yourself be inspired by the magic of the place, as you go round a corner and discover Wisteria from China and Japan, clematis, pink acacias etc.... a real festival of scents and colours that will amaze nature lovers.

Enter into the magic of this garden where species and essences from around the world are on show for you in a festival of colours and scents.

Along the enchanting walk you will see a waterfall, three follies and rare plants revealing the fantasy of its designer, Gilles de Brissac, globetrotter and lover of gardens.

The Floral Garden opened in 1976. Significant work was then undertaken: a valley was dammed, to allow the water to flow into a succession of small ponds; grasslands were gradually transformed into lawns, massive, mixed borders, were planted, shaded by rare trees; a waterfall, built with 650 tons of rock, was created in an old abandoned quarry.

Inspired by Vita Sackville-West's famous ‘White Garden' of Vita in Sissinghurst (England), a border of shrubs and perennials with white flowers or silver foliage is at the entrance to the garden. In spring, the long bunches of wisteria from China and Japan take provide a fragrant canopy: laburnums, clematis and pink acacias follow on from each other.

This enchanting garden is embellished with follies, fantasy constructions, in the style of the second half of the 18th century. These are the work of the Russian painter-architect, Alexander Serebriakoff.

The ‘Pagoda Bridge' and its scallop tiled roof transport you to China, while ‘The Turkish Pavilion' and its interior decoration evoke the banks of the Bosphorus and the past splendours of the Ottoman Empire. The latest addition, the Belvedere, with Russian inspiration, overlooks the river and the roofs of the village. Eight panels telling the story of the ‘Pulcinelli's' journey around the world adorn the interior of the Belvedere. They were made in the Montagnon earthenware factory, in Nevers and took more than 10 years to finish.

Open: from 29 March to 30 September 2020.

Open every day from 10:30am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 6:30pm.

The entry ticket includes the park, the horse-drawn carriage museum and exhibition, and the walk along the château ramparts.

Adults: 10 euros – Children from 7 to 12 years: 6 euros – Children under 7 years: Free

Disabled guests: 5 euros – Group (20 people or more): Adults: 9 euros per perspn – Children from 7 to 12 years: 5 euros per person. 1 free entry for a helperand 1 free entry for a driver. Individual season pass: 6 visits for 30 euros

1 • Parc Floral d'Apremont-Sur-Allier

18150 Apremont-Sur-Allier

Tél. : 02 48 77 55 00

www.apremont-sur-allier.com