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Arboretum de la Vallée-aux-Loups. Châtenay-Malabry, France. Photos by Amber Maitrejean

The garden was created in 1777 by the Chevalier François-Louis Durant du Bignon. In 1804 the park was purchased by Louis Cadet de Gassicourt, pharmacist to Napoleon. In 1807 a nearby mansion was purchased by Francois-René de Chateaubriand which he named, Vallée-aux-Loups, “Valley of the Wolves”. The arboretum covers 13.5 hectares (33.53 acres), contains around 2500 plants representing more than 500 woody species, including 165 species of trees.