Parks and Gardens
Le Jardin de Cuy is in the middle of the wooded landscape of Nièvre: meadows pasture surrounded by hedges. The paths of this contemporary 5 acres garden spin around fruit trees ; it offers terraced gardens filled with dark foliage plants, a specific garden which is reserved for ornamental flowers, an oval area devoted to grass and beds of perennials and annuals that line the courtyard. On the Botanical side, sights to see are: bald cypress bicentennial (Taxodium distichum), tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera), a honey tree (Sophora japonica) and a 50 swamp oak lane (Quercus palustris) and finally an interesting combination of annuals selected for their strength and robustness castor bean (Ricinus), cardoons (Cynara cardonculus) of phacélies (Phacelia tanacetifolia) and Melianthus major.
In the spring, long clusters of wisteria from China and Japan lead you under a fragrant vault; laburnum, clematis and roses acacias in succession. A waterfall, built with 650 tons of rock, was built in an old disused quarry. Rock plants and conifers provide lively notes crawling among the rocks. Inspired by the famous “white garden” of Vita Sackville-West, SISSINGHURST (England), a border of shrubs and perennials with white flowers or silver foliage is at the entrance to the garden. This enchanting garden is decorated with “fabriques” fantasy constructions made in the spirit of the second half of the eighteenth century. These are the work of painter-architect of Russian origin, Alexander Serebriakoff. The “Bridge Pagoda” and its scaled roof will carry you to China, while “The Turkish Flag” and its interior evokes the Bosphorus and the past glories of the Ottoman Empire. Built the latest, the Belvedere, of Russian inspiration, overlooks the river and the roofs of the village. 8 panels were made specifically for the park by the Montagnon pottery in Nevers, on the original designs of Alexander Serebriakoff adorn the interior of the Belvedere. On these boards, runs the imaginary journey around the world of “Pulcinelli” ,puppets of the Italian Comedy; their journey ends, of course, by visiting the Parc Floral Apremont .. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, Apremont is classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France .
The Balaine Arboretum, located in Villeneuve-sur-Allier is a landscaped arboretum established in 1804 in an area of 30 hectares. This “Jardin à l’anglaise” is the oldest private botanical park of France which houses over 1,200 varieties of trees