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La Saga des Vilmorin Grainiers Depuis 1774

By: Claude-Marie Vadrot(Author)
192 pages, no illustrations
La Saga des Vilmorin
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Language: French

A few hundred meters from a small village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Châteauneuf-Val-Saint-Donnat and its 500 inhabitants, for years an old man patiently planted an arboretum of hundreds of trees, reviving in his retirement a very old family tradition on this arid land.

Jean-Baptiste de Vilmorin is the last botanic adventurer from a long line that began in the eighteenth century when Philippe-Victoire Lévêque de Vilmorin came to Lorraine on horseback to learn about plants, nature and medicine with Buffon and other great naturalist scholars before launching a successful career in the seed trade.

From father to son, during seven generations, from Louis XV to the Second World War and through the Revolution and the Commune, his descendants collected seeds, improved plant varieties, acclimatized flowers, trees and vegetables, tentatively discovered the laws of inheritance, and traveled around the world. Over time, they build a family business that became famous across the globe.
This book tells their story.

Summary in French:
A quelques centaines de mètres d’un petit village des Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Châteauneuf-Val-Saint-Donnat et de ses 500 habitants, un vieil homme a patiemment planté depuis quelques années un arboretum de plusieurs centaines d’arbres, renouant dans sa retraite et sur une terre aride avec une très ancienne tradition familiale.

Jean-Baptiste de Vilmorin est le dernier des aventuriers des plantes issu d’une longue lignée initiée au XVIIIe siècle par Philippe-Victoire Lévêque de Vilmorin venu à cheval de sa Lorraine pour apprendre les plantes, la nature et la médecine auprès de Buffon et des grands savants naturalistes, avant de se lancer avec succès dans le commerce des semences.

De pères en fils, pendant sept générations, de Louis XV à la Seconde Guerre mondiale en passant par la Révolution et la Commune, ses descendants collectèrent des semences, améliorèrent des variétés végétales, acclimatèrent des fleurs, des arbres et des légumes, découvrirent à tâtons les lois de l’hérédité et voyagèrent à travers le monde. Au fil du temps, ils finirent par bâtir une entreprise familiale célèbre sur toute la planète.

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By: Claude-Marie Vadrot(Author)
192 pages, no illustrations
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