Winter sun in the Tuileries – November 2015
Late summer colour in the Jardin du Luxembourg – September 2016
Autumn leaves in the Jardin du Luxembourg – October 2016
Even the best known Paris parks and gardens have surprising, quiet corners. It took me a while to get to know and like the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Jardin des Tuileries. Visiting the first on a wind-swept day in early spring and the second on a sunny Sunday afternoon didn’t help the process. They are both impressive on first encounter but more likable when you get to know them.
(Click on highlighted links for posts about that park).
Teasels in the Jardin des Plantes – July 2015
A wet day in the Jardin des Plantes – April 2015
Early summer in the rose garden – May 2018
The Jardin des Plantes has a long history, some great trees, colourful summer bedding and a huge variety of plants. There’s something of interest at any season of the year.
Park geometry at La Villette
A quiet corner of Parc André Citroën
Autumn reflections in the Grand Parc de St Ouen
Wetland flowers at Parc Martin Luther King
A seat in the grass in Parc Martin Luther King
La Villette and Parc André Citroën are grand examples of mid 20th century design. Parc Martin Luther King and the Grand Parc de St Ouen take Paris parks into the 21st century with bold lines and informal planting, designed with both people and wildlife in mind.
The belvedere in Parc de Belleville with street art by Seth.
and down in Parc de Belleville
For the best panoramic views of Paris, plus street art and cats, try Parc de Belleville.
Pine trees in the Parc Floral
Pink magnolias in the Parc Floral
Dahlia season in the Parc Floral
Behind the waterfall in the Bois de Boulogne
On the lake in the Bois de Boulogne
Boats for hire in the Bois de Boulogne
And finally, two parks (or woods) with something for everyone, the Bois de Vincennes (with the Parc Floral) at the eastern edge of the city and the Bois de Boulogne at the west.