Henri-Gustave Joly's prized black walnut population at Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière is the oldest and northernmost plantation of such a valuable deciduous tree in North America.

Jolly for Domaine Joly-De Lotbiniere's Black Walnut Trees

November 12, 2013
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It became a National Historic Site of Canada merely 10 years ago, but Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière has shared its rich history and contribution to tree research findings with visitors for decades.

Several generations of the Joly de Lotbinière family brought continual change and improvement to the property that is the Domaine today. The attention to detail and arboricultural hands of the family members have created a place for visitors to rest in the tranquility and beauty among its serene gardens and trees.

As visitors enter the property's traditional, French gates, beautiful trees speckling a long, winding drive welcome them to Pointe-Platon, the historic estate of the Joly-De Lotbinéres.

The views of vegetation occupying the property, including a variety of gardens and trees, contribute to the scenic value of the estate. And within the depths of vegetation exists a footpath leading to the Estate Forest--a truly beautiful array of trees of all shapes and sizes.

Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière estate
As visitors enter Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière's traditional, French gates, beautiful trees speckling a long, winding drive welcome them to Pointe-Platon, the historic estate of the Joly-De Lotbinéres.

The scent of damp earth and fragrant plant material awakens the senses upon approaching the forest's edge. But as explorers walk through the nearly 200-year-old forest, they can't help but stare in awe at the giant red oaks, smooth, gray American beeches and several other varieties of trees. The calm, peaceful atmosphere is inspiring.

But the estate's majestic black walnut plantation--a prize of Henri-Gustave Joly and now the oldest and northernmost plantation of such a valuable deciduous tree in North America--will not fail to impress.

Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière black walnut tree bark
More than 100 of Henri-Gustave Joly's original 10,000 black walnut tree plantings remain standing on the Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière property today.

Considered the "father of Canadian arboriculture" and a leader in natural heritage conservation, Joly spent years experimenting with and cultivating trees that could withstand the country's cold climate. More than 100 of the original 10,000 plantings remain standing on the property today--impressive, considering the species typically only grows farther south.

Although the black walnuts are particularly special to the estate, countless other tree species have developed a picturesque landscape that surrounds the historic Maple House. A huge Norway spruce, for example, graces the grounds and provides a sort of shelter for visitors to explore. And a 100-year-old Colorado spruce shelters the Lover's Nest gazebo, a magical escape on the property with an expansive view of the well-known gardens and adjacent river.

In the hands of the Foundation of Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière, the estate and gardens continue to thrive and attract visitors from around the world. Influenced by the 19th century Romantic Movement, Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière offers a variety of peaceful settings and scenic views located along the St. Lawrence River.

Share with us: Have you ever visited such a wonderful combination of trees, plants and natural beauty as such that exists at Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière? If so, tell us your experience!

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