Day 3 of Travel in France was a drive from Bourges to Clermont Ferrand, organised to visit the Parc Floral at Apremont-sur-Allier and the Allier river. The Parc Floral is magical! DO NOT MISS an opportunity to linger in this garden! As you walk through the door of the ticket office you step into another, fantastical world which I have to share with you.
The Parc Floral at Apremont-sur-Allier opened to the public in 1976. The story of the restoration of the garden and the village starts in 1836 when Eugene Schneider, a rich industrialist, married into the family and vowed to restore the buildings and garden. One of his grandsons, Gilles de Brissac, started building the garden in 1970.
The flowers were stunning: hibiscus, dahlias, hydrangeas, scented clerodendron, heather, perovskia and montbretia, lilies….
The White Garden was inspired by Vita Sackville-West’s white garden at Sissinghurst.
I loved the beautiful grasses.
The trees are magnificent.
And the Abizia (mimosa) was in flower.
There is another post to come.