Friday, March 31, 2017

Paris Pleasures: Jardin des serres d'Auteuil

Here is another much-overdue post about a garden I visited while in Paris, the Jardin des serres d'Auteuil. Located in the southeast of the city at the southern edge of the Bois de Boulogne, this historic complex of greenhouses and surrounding gardens is one of four parts of the botanic gardens of the City of Paris. The beautiful glasshouses were designed between 1895 and 1898 by Jean-Camille Formigé (1845-1926) and apart from their elegant shape are now distinctive particularly on account of their striking turquoise color.

A view of the palm house at the center of the complex

In a tropical house

In the house dedicated to tropical crop plants

The lovely new foliage of the cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum verum)

One of the adorable cold-frame like structures within the greenhouses

In the house dedicated entirely to begonias

All the cacti

Some of the houses appear to currently be in the process of being replanted, while some, such as that dedicated to tropical crop plants appear to have already undergone such renewal. The plantings around the greenhouses, too, seem to be quite lovely - one corridor between glasshouses, for instance, is lined with beautiful large Chinese windmill palms (Trachycarpus fortunei) - though of course at the time of our visit in February they were still largely dormant. Entrance to the whole place is free and it is definitely worth a visit.

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