Jardin Botanique de Foncaude

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ohugal
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Jardin Botanique de Foncaude

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The Botanical Garden of Foncaude is located in the commune of Feuilla in the extreme south east of the department of Aude in France. The garden was founded in 1991 by Dominique Jalabert. He and his son Jérémy are the care keepers of the entire domain, which is divided into 3 parts and measures 7 hectares. The first part is an arboretum with nearly 300 species of trees and shrubs and is also a bird refuge. The second part is home to more than 340 wild or introduced species endemic to the Mediterranean. Third are the cacti and succulent rock gardens spread across the entire domain. There are about 1300 species and more than 8000 plants. The garden is characterised by it’s semi-wildness, which becomes very apparent when climbing one of the two hills. Occasionally a path is obstructed by e.g. an overgrown Agave, of which they have over 200 species. The garden is full of amazing smells and has a constant flow of wind. Dominique and Jérémy explained the garden is mainly an experiment in microclimates. They only water a young plant in it’s first year(s) of development. Afterwards, they leave it up to Mother Nature. If a plant does not do well, they either try another spot in the garden or stop growing it. They get their water from a nearby stream and several wells, but at the moment water is scarce.
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7. not yet identified
8. Oreocereus celsianus
10. Cylindropuntia imbricata
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12. Ferocactus echidne
13. Ferocactus stainesii pilosus
14. Opuntia microdasys
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Location
Antwerp, Belgium
temperate, maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers
south-west facing window in a city appartment
min. winter temp. 16°C/60.8°F
no outdoor or winter rest capability
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Re: Jardin Botanique de Foncaude

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17. Euphorbia resinifera
18. not yet identified
19. Cylindropuntia imbricata
21. not yet identified
22. not yet identified
23. Astrophytum myriostigma
25. Agave victoriae-reginae
26. Echinocereus nicholii
27. not yet identified
30. Sedum sediforme
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Last edited by ohugal on Mon Aug 30, 2021 6:54 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Location
Antwerp, Belgium
temperate, maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers
south-west facing window in a city appartment
min. winter temp. 16°C/60.8°F
no outdoor or winter rest capability
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Wow! Great! Very promicing garden, many thanks for sharing pictures!
I'd also like to have a plot of bare land somewhere in Mediterranean to plant my cacti in the ground. :)
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Really nice. Loved looking at the photos. Wish I could visit.
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You definitely need a car to get here. The closest supermarket is 15 km away. His personal watersupply is also from the well and stream and his power supply is from solar panels. Once a year there is a downpour so intense he, his wife and their animals have to find refuge in the lighttunnel, where he also overwinters his personal collection of succulents. But yeah… so beautiful.
Location
Antwerp, Belgium
temperate, maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers
south-west facing window in a city appartment
min. winter temp. 16°C/60.8°F
no outdoor or winter rest capability
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Cool, thanks for sharing!
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This garden really is an interesting place with maybe mild climate appropriate for many succulents despite of some snow in winter.
http://lejardinbotaniquedefoncaude.e-monsite.com/album/
Remote location is not a problem but maybe gives more chances for the plans to survive and even thrive.
If your cacti mess in your job just forget about the job.
°C = (°F - 32)/1.8
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Will be interesting to see this place in 20 years
Ferocactus best cactus :mrgreen:
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Re: Jardin Botanique de Foncaude

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Hi Everyone,

I've added id's as much as possible. Over the next weeks I will try to complete the list.
Location
Antwerp, Belgium
temperate, maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers
south-west facing window in a city appartment
min. winter temp. 16°C/60.8°F
no outdoor or winter rest capability
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