SOMEWHERE I READ that Paris is the 2nd greenest city in the world in terms of parks and gardens. I believe it. Beyond the well-known ones (Tuileries, Bois de Bologne, etc.) are innumerable ‘hidden’ gardens — down a few steps, behind a gate, inside a courtyard — and vest-pocket parks at many corners and intersections. I’m sure I only scratched the surface on last month’s visit.
<- In the Jardins de Luxembourg
Best parts of French landscape art: topiaries, roses, other flowers, statuary, fountains, pools, allees, planted containers, lawns. In other words, everything.
Above: The gardens of the Rodin Museum, often overlooked. Parts are formal, while other areas are shady and wooded, with deck chairs for visitors. Admission to the gardens alone is 1 little euro.
Inside the enclosed courtyard of Louis XIV’s Palais Royal, a peaceful haven in the busy 2nd arr. on the Right Bank. Again, a place even frequent visitors to Paris may not realize exists.
A flower border and urns with geraniums at the Luxembourg Gardens, a huge, well-utilized park on the Left Bank that is all things to all people.
Wattle-edged herb beds and classical knot gardens inside the courtyards of the fascinating Musee Carnavalet, history museum of the City of Paris.
Above, the sort of thing one stumbles upon while ambling through the Marais: the tiny but exquisite Square Georges Cain. Was there ever a pleasanter place to read the newspaper…er, iPhone?
Delphiniums bursting through a fence in Montmartre.
Above, in the Latin Quarter. I’m not sure what the park is called or if it’s even on a map.Maybe it’s historic and well-known, or maybe it’s just taken for granted.
Thanks for this photographic stroll through my favorite gardens. Parisian boxwood is my madeleine and evokes such fond memories of childhood. I am so looking forward to my trip in September. Thanks for planting the “seed.”
How do you remember all the names and places??” So impressed with your detailed pictures.
Because it was so recent and they made such an impression on me. Ask me in a year, I may not remember a thing.
Beautiful and so civilized–makes urban living that much more appealing.
Your photos & commentary were extremely enjoyable. I felt like I took a little vacation. One note is the flowers you name as delphiniums in second last photo are hollyhocks (alcea rosea).
You’re right Bruce, thought I changed that ;-) Glad you enjoyed the post.