THE CHOICE OF THE MORNING To discover the first colors of autumn, in the direction of the Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire, a wonder to the tunes of fairy tale, or even at the château de la Bourdaisière for its Festival of the forest and of the wood. The Arboretum of the Large Heathers, magnolias forever

The red, orange, yellow. A canadian forest ? No, the one… Orleans. Welcome to the Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères, a park of fourteen acres devoted to biodiversity, in the heart of the forest of Orleans. Here, we walk up and down between 7 000 trees from around the world, including some species which have disappeared from their natural environment. There is the charming English garden, the small pond of water-lilies, and the arboretum american, and its huge dogwoods, magnolias and conifers, the beautiful rose garden or even the woods where stands an incredible oak without age.

The place, classified ” remarkable Garden “, is maintained without any chemical product, in respect of natural balances and of the forest environment. Suddenly, it crosses a wildlife genius, toads to owls through 600 insects of any kind… A perfect place to relax and dare to be sylvothérapie !

Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères, in Ingrannes (Loiret). Tel : 02-38-57-28-24. Sundays in the fall, guided by botanists and enthusiasts, to 15 hours on 14 and 21 October.

The exotic breton on the island of Batz

Just before it closes its doors for the winter, the wonderful garden created by Georges Delaselle on the island of Batz (Finistère), in Brittany, a book of its past splendors of the botanical. Summer visitors will never see the Fascicularia pitcairniifolia of Chile in flower, wonderful explosion of red and yellow. This is also the time to see flowering the palm trees in the palm grove that is installed in a deep recess of five metres, excavated in a soil that is almost sand. Its lowest point is the Doum palm (Chamaerops humilis) for more than a century, the oldest in the garden. The purple flowers of the cobées vines, in the shape of bellflower, completing the picture of a garden authentically remarkable to visit in any season.

Garden of George-Delaselle, all day from 11 hours to 18 hours until 5 November. Adult 5 €, child from 10 to 16 years old 2,50 €. Information : 02-98-61-75-65.

Chaumont-sur-Loire, a castle and some pumpkins

Will turn into carriages ? In the aisles of the Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire (Loir-et-Cher), the enormous pumpkins give in any case an air of fairy-tale castle and its park. If you do not know this area, one of the jewels of the Loire valley built around the year 1000, the autumn is the best season to discover it. During the thanksgiving holiday, the event “Splendours of autumn” offers visitors walks in the alleys of the park, discovery of rare plant species, shows around vegetables, workshops creation objects in wicker, exchange of seeds and advice to gardeners.

Until November 4, you can also discover the splendid gardens created for the 27th edition of the international garden Festival, on the theme of the thought. Don’t miss the meditation garden japanese yves Klein blue, and the small emissions of water lilies…

Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire (Loir-et-Cher), exhibition of “Splendors of fall” from 20 October to 4 November, from 10 hours to 18 hours. Last access 45 minutes before the closure of the site.

family at the château de la Bourdaisière

So familiar, the wood is however also well known that the forest that produces it. The Festival of forest and wood of the castle of la Bourdaisière (Indre-et-Loire), which will be held on 20 and 21 October, aims to bring the visitor of the professionals of the forest, and familiar with various trades and know-how of the wood and add value to the innovations of the whole chain. Both educational and fun, the animation and realization of a herbarium, introduction to archery, giant games in wood, etc. – will benefit this year of the special appearance of Asterix and Obelix. Saturday, October 20, an “evening forest” will be the successor to the projection of a movie and dinner in the forest in the caves the troglodyte castle. Finally, a great set of track ” in search of Idéfix ! “at the heart of the field, will win many awards.

Festival of the forest and of the wood, on 20 and 21 October at the château de la Bourdaisière, Montlouis-sur-Loire (Indre-et-Loire). Tel. : 02-47-45-16-31. The hotel is open until 15 November and from 26 December to 4 January. Rooms from 110 € per night, apartment from 245 € per night.

Chantilly, the time of the trees

The Domain of Chantilly (Oise), now takes place twice a year – and this autumn, from 19 to 21 October – the largest exhibition and sale of plants in France. In tribute to Patrice Fustier, disappeared in June, a tree will be planted in the park to the memory of one who, in the company of his wife, Helen, created the Days of the plants of Courson in 1982, and then transferred to Chantilly in 2015. Two hundred exhibitors, the best specialist nurseries in europe and a few events await visitors. The great association ‘ les Croqueurs de pommes, Ile-de-France will present a collection of apples and pears old, and will offer a demonstration of grafting, as well as an initiation to the size of the fruit.

Presented by Damien Devos, a new oak Quercus robur, ” Rita’s Gold “, should attract attention. Just as the Pinus montezumae ” Sheffield Park “, and a lovely pin from Mexico to the beautiful needles with a blue-gray who will be the champion of the Nursery Laurains.

8th edition of the Journées des plantes de Chantilly (Oise), from 19 to 21 October. Full rate : 20 € / reduced Fare : 12 €. Information :