Visiting the Gardens of Bagatelle
Le Parc Floral de Bagatelle
Now that Spring and fine weather has finally come to Paris, we took our bikes out at the spur of the moment and took a spin through the Bois de Bologne. It is in the very middle of the Bois de Boulogne, in the XVIth arrondissement of Paris, that we discovered the Jardin de Bagatelle.
It was thanks to a bet between Marie-Antoinette and her brother-in-law the Count of Artois in 1777 that this splendid garden took form in only 64 days! Today it is considered as one of the capital's finest parks. It is easy to see why, when we admire the artificial rocks, the cascades, the little bridges over mirrors of water, the centuries-old trees...
But what makes the reputation of the Jardin de Bagatelle, is without any doubt its magnificent rose garden, containing over 1,100 varieties. Every year since 1907, the famous New Roses competition has taken place in this rose garden.
The Jardin de Bagatelle consists of a landscaped park, where it is pleasant to stroll and a large number of small themed gardens, the Nymphas pool, the iris garden, the garden of hardy plants and even a kitchen garden.
Now that Spring and the sun has returned to the Parc de Bagatelle, numerous concerts also liven up its pathways.
For a lovely walk in this exceptional park, take the metro to station Pont de Neuilly then bus line 43, or Porte Maillot then bus line 244.
The address is:Alle de Longchamp, Route de Svres Neuilly, Bois de Boulogne (Paris 16)
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