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Visit Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

The Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres is situated in the heart of the Forest of Orleans, 25 km east of the city of Orleans.

The Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres was the winner of the fourth prize for the best park in France competition 2006. (First prize le Jardin de la Petite Rochelle, second prize le Parc oriental de Maulévrier). It is classified as one of France's "Remarkable Gardens".

Explore the Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

Bruyeres is the french term for heather and as its name suggests this garden is packed with different varieties of heather.

Not ordinarily one of my favourtite garden plants, the Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres garden really shows how to combine heather with other shrubs and plants to bring out its full beauty and versatility.


This park contains eight gardens and two arboretums. The French national collection of north American oaks, magnolias and flowering cornus sp. (dogwoods) are here as well as 500 species and varieties of bruyeres (heathers) and 800 ancient roses. The american and chinese flowering dogwoods are some of my favourite medium sized trees of the moment.

In the spring they are covered in white or pink flower-like bracts and are absolutely stunning. No garden should be without one.


In all the gardens cover 12 hectares. The garden visit starts with a French style garden with lots of clipped box and also rose tunnels and clematis. An English style garden inspired by the gardens of Gertrude Jekyll then leads you to the Asian and American arboretums. There is also a labyrinth and a vegetable garden.

Bird watchers will also be very keen to visit the gardens where over a 100 different species of birds have been seen. The garden has banned the use of chemicals since it began in 1971 making it a refuge for birds and insects.

flowering dogwood, Cornus kuosa

Best time to visit the Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

To see the heather in full flower visit in March/April. At this time of the year the 400 or so magnolias are also coming into flower. May is a good time to see the beautiful flowering dogwoods of American origins along with the rhododendrons. June and July see the Chinese flowering dogwoods in flower as well as being able to enjoy the sight and scent of the 1000 or so ancient roses.

August is the time to see the autumn flowering heathers and other colours and textures are given by sedums and ferns. The most colourful time is the autumn with the flame colours of the leaves of acers, liquidambars, zelkovas and many more along with the berries of many shrubs and trees.

Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres garden guide

The Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres is open every Sunday and bank holidays from the last Sunday of March until the 2 November, 10.00 to 18.00. Mondays to Saturdays: 10 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 18.00. The arboretum is closed easter Sunday and the first week of August and from 2 November until the end of March.

This garden is situated 30 km north of Orleans in the Centre region of France

Address: Arboretum des Grandes-Bruyeres, M et Mme de la Rochefoucald, 45450 Ingrannes

Visits cost 10 euros for adults and 5 euros for 5-12 year olds. Under 5s are free.

Gardens to visit nearby

The lovely "Parc Floral de la Source" are a little to the south on the edge of Orleans. The Arboretum des Barres is one of the top arborretums in Europe.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Central France guide,

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Map of Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres and places to visit


Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres places to visit

Parc Floral De La Source

Parc Floral De La Source

The Parc Floral de la Source is an excellent large park full of imaginatively laid out themed gardens

Parc Floral De La Source guide
Jardin de Chantal et Alain

Jardin de Chantal et Alain

The Jardin de Chantal et Alain is a prize winning garden in an English style with lots of roses and viburnums.

Jardin de Chantal et Alain guide
Les Jardins de Roquelin

Les Jardins de Roquelin

The Jardins de Roquelin is a pretty rose garden particularly worth visiting in June when the roses are in flower.

Les Jardins de Roquelin guide
Arboretum des Barres

Arboretum des Barres

The Arboretum des Barres contains one of the top ten collections of trees in the world!

Arboretum des Barres guide
Les Jardins du Grand Courtoiseau

Les Jardins du Grand Courtoiseau

The Jardins du Grand Courtoiseau are award winning gardens with a modern spin on French formal style

Les Jardins du Grand Courtoiseau guide
Gardens of Chateau Cheverny

Gardens of Chateau Cheverny

The gardens of the Chateau de Cheverny were one of our favourite gardens of the Loire Valley chateaux.

Gardens of Chateau Cheverny guide