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079 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixNear the town of Brix, at 100, route du Mont Epinguet is the unique Jardin de Clairbois.  Its name derives from the small river La Claire which winds along the foot of the wooded hills of Mont Epinguet, part of the ancient forest of Brix.  058 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixIn 1964, M. and Mme. Hubert Egon (now deceased), parents of the current owner, began to plant an undergrowth of rhododendrons and other heath shrubs on their land.  060 Top Banana, Jardin de Clairbois, BrixThe land’s proximity to La Claire brings moisture while the leafy cover of deciduous and conifer trees dims the sunlight.  The ground is naturally rich in humus and a subsoil of Armorican sandstone allows excess moisture to drain away.  062 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixThese conditions make the area ideal for a forest garden.  The three hectare garden is divided into three distinct areas.  080 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixAged for fifteen years, the 8000 m² Jardin des hybrides has more than 301 species and 829 hybrid varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas, dogwoods, camellias, pittosporums, and hydrangeas.  066 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixNearly a third of the plantings have received awards by the British Royal Horticultural Society.  It was originally designed to provide an aesthetic color palette which changes continually throughout the year.  076 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixIts grassy pathways are well cared for by M. Christophe Egon and his wife, Pascale.  073 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixThe 2000 m² Jardin des espèces forms a buffer zone between the first, well-manicured hybrid garden.  It contains many coniferous trees and larch wood as well as 100 botanical species from Asia, North and South America, Australia and Russia.  064 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixAs this part of the garden is in a constant state of improvement, hundreds of new shrubs have been planted and new pathways have been cleared.  A small pond with its own waterfall has been created next to the ruins of an ancient stone building thought to be part of a medieval quarry.  074 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixFinally, the largest part of the garden open to the public is the 20,000 m² Jardin forestier.  Here the forest is stepped along the southern part of the hillside, a remnant of the ancient forest of Brix.  067 Jardin de Clairbois, Brix (2)Some rhododendrons planted in the 1960s form enormous masses of color mixed among the very old beech trees, chestnuts, oaks and natural birches.  069 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixBe careful—this part of the garden is only for the most adventurous of visitors.  077 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixChristophe and Pascale also run a nursery called La pépinière de Clairbois where visitors can purchase different varieties of trees and shrubs found in their garden.  078 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixThere is even a small picnic area where visitors can purchase drinks or a refreshing ice cream.

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