Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup, Rocquencourt

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The Arboretum de Chèvreloup is a major arboretum located just north of the Palace of Versailles at 30, route de Versailles, Rocquencourt, Yvelines, Île-de-France, France. It forms part of the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, and is open several days per week in the warmer months; an admission fee is charged.HistoryThe site dates to 1699 when Louis XIV acquired the hamlet of Chèvreloup, demolishing its walls to form a hunting ground near his castle. During the 18th century, botanist Bernard de Jussieu (1699–1777) was a frequent visitor at Versailles, where in 1759 he created a botanical garden at the edge of Chèvreloup in today's Parc de Trianon; this garden was destroyed, however, upon the death of Louis XV. During the French Revolution, Chèvreloup was sold to private owners, then purchased by Napoleon in 1806. In the 19th century it became apparent that the Jardin des Plantes in Paris was too small for a national collection, and in 1922 the conservator of the Estate of Versailles and architect François-Benjamin Chaussemiche (1864–1945) established today's arboretum as the Jardin de Jussieu, annex to the National Museum of Natural History. In 1940, however, it was abandoned. Planting resumed in 1960, with parts of the arboretum opening to the public in 1977.
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  • Several extraordinary collections. Besides the trees acclimated for centuries, the Arboretum hosts several collections in its greenhouses: orchids, succulents etc... They can be visited at the open doors that take place every year. Not to be missed!
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  • Disappointing Park. Already advertising saying that the entry was free and this was not the case. .. It is still very average! Then open spaces empty, Park maintenance? Few signs near trees, little benches to contemplate the space. Not really that we delighted. And that's a shame because there are enough to make the place a quality space.
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