Arboretum de Pézanin

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Arboretum de Pézanin

The Arboretum de Pézanin (27 hectares) is an arboretum located in Dompierre-les-Ormes, Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France. It's one of the richest forest collections in France.[1]


The arboretum was established in 1903 by Joseph-Marie-Philippe Lévêque de Vilmorin (1872-1917), owner of Château d'Audour. Between 1903 and 1923, over 1100 species were planted, but it then fell into a period of abandonment until it was acquired by the state in 1935. It is now owned by the French Ministry of Agriculture and managed by the Office national des Forêts.

Although the arboretum was severely damaged by storms in 1981 and 1999, it has recently undergone renewed plantings. Today the arboretum contains more than 450 species of trees, with walking paths and a pond.

There is also a geocaching sudokache.[2]

La Galerie européenne de la forêt et du bois[edit]

The European Gallery (La Galerie européenne)

Since 2004, the site of Pézanin is completed by La Galerie Européenne de la Forêt et du Bois (The European Gallery of Forest and Wood) which is also in Dompierre-les-Ormes, located at 2 minutes of the arboretum. The Gallery is an exhibits site.[3]

European gallery forest and wood equipment belongs to the General Council of Saône-et-Loire.

Through fun and educational activities set in temporary exhibitions, discover and touch wood or stroll through the forest in an exceptional setting.

Throughout the season, the gallery organizes themed events and conferences on the 1st Thursday of each month at 18h.

Unique place rooted in nature, near Southern Burgundy, discover without moderation, the European gallery forest and woods invites you for a deer walk in the heart of the federal Pézanin Arboretum.


The Arboretum is accessible through the RCEA (Route Centre Europe Atlantique), exit Dompierre-les-Ormes, at 20 minutes from Mâcon (motorway of the sun, train and TGV station, A40 autoroute,...), 1 hour from Lyon and 2 hour from Genève.


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Coordinates: 46°20′53″N 4°28′50″E / 46.34806°N 4.48056°E / 46.34806; 4.48056