Reopening

We are pleased to announce the reopening of the Arboretum de Versailles-Chèvreloup on monday March the 1st.

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Allée des Cèdres bleus à l'Arboetum de Chèvreloup © MNHN

Avenue of Blue Cedars

This majestic avenue of Atlas cedars (Cedrus atlantica) nearly 800 metres long is unique in the world. These trees are renowned for the magnificent grey-blue colour of their needles.

Throughout the year we can admire their beautiful foliage borne by widely spreading branches, enhanced by the soft green of the springtime field or its golden summer stubble.

Allée des Cèdres bleus de l'Atlas (Cedrus atlantica)  © MNHN - S. Gerbault
Allée des Cèdres bleus de l'Atlas (Cedrus atlantica) © MNHN - S. Gerbault

Planted in the 1920s, the Avenue of Blue Cedars dates back to the former Jussieu Garden, the great French-landscaped botanical garden project at the origin of the Versailles-Chèvreloup Arboretum. François-Benjamin Chaussemiche, chief architect of the Versailles palace drew up the plan of this first garden to plant the collections provided by the botanists of the Muséum.
 
Later, this avenue as well as the other fine regular structures dating from the original plan, were integrated into the more natural project developed for the Chèvreloup estate.

Cône de Cèdre bleu de l'Atlas à Chèvreloup © MNHN - S. Gerbault
Allée des Cèdres bleus de l'Atlas en hiver © MNHN - S. Gerbault
Allée des Cèdres bleus de l'Atlas en hiver © MNHN - S. Gerbault