L'Arboretum du Vallon, Aubonne. Foto/Photo: TES.

The Arboretum de Vallon et Aubonne

An arboretum is a natural area dedicated to preserving, educating, caring for, and observing the forest and its trees and shrubs in all their diversity. It is also used for research and has the same recreational function as a forest. It is like a botanical garden in nature.

The Arboretum of Vallon near Aubonne (Canton Vaud) is home to around 3000 trees and shrubs from all continents. The park is named after the Aubonne River, which rises at the foot of the Jura Mountains. The Toleure and the Sandoleyre are the two tributaries of the Aubonne.

The park runs from the north (Jura) to the south (Lake Geneva). The area around Lake Geneva is favourable for vegetation because of the many hours of sunshine. In addition to the collections of shrubs and trees, the arboretum also includes a pomological section.

The Wood Museum (Le Musée du Bois) shows old tools, crafts and techniques of woodworking in all their diversity.

The town of Aubonne has a medieval centre with a beautiful view of Lake Geneva.

(Source and more information: Le Musée du bois – L’Arboretum du Vallon de l’Aubonne).