The Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil used to be King Louis XV’s personal botanical garden. Today, however, the garden is open to anyone who wished to take a stroll along one of Paris’ most impressive botanical oases.
Located on the southern edge of the Bois de Boulogne, the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil’s small-but-brimming 3 ha (7 acres) contain a huge greenhouse complex where plants are grown all year round for Paris’ municipal offices. The greenhouses were built by Jean-Camille Formigé between 1895 and 1898 and it is estimated that they produce over 100,000 plants per year.
You’re most likely to see palm trees, tropical collections and succulents within the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil’s exhibition greenhouses. However, just look a little closer and you’ll probably come across Japanese, Mediterranean through to Ethiopian and American plants. If one of the greenhouses you’re dying to see isn’t open, locate a park warden and they’ll probably open it for you for a quick tour.
Evidently, if you’re interested in plants, trees and everything botanical, you can’t afford to miss this park.
Flower exhibitions are held during the spring and autumn months, so plan accordingly. Other than that, just walk in, walk around, breathe in and relax. The Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil promises just that: tranquility and fresh air in the midst of France’s busiest city.
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