Apremont-sur-Allier and it's Park Floral are beautiful and well worth a visit.
Apremont-sur-Allier is situated in the Loire Valley on the banks of the Allier river. It is 15km SW of Nevers on the borders of Burgundy and the Loire Valley. The town used to be the centre of the quarrying industry in the area in the middle ages and was not particularly notable. However between the two world wars the village was renovated and all the houses that had sprung up and that were not built in the local style were torn down and replaced with new more traditional style buildings.
The village is now very beautiful but the main reason to visit is the floral park which opened in 1976. The valley was dammed to create several small lakes which are surrounded by flower beds, mixed borders and shaded by rare trees. A bridge shaped like a pagoda crosses one of the lakes. You can see a picture of one of the lakes in the park by clicking on the link in the box on the right.
A disused quarry has has also been converted into a waterfall and the gardens have several enchanting buildings and beautiful views across the lakes to the village.
The village and the gardens are well worth a visit if you are in the area.
The picture of Apremont-sur Allier is copyright and courtesy of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France organisation.