Designed for teaching, resting or discovery, surprising or exceptional gardens are hidden in unsuspected places in and around the French capital. Five of these gardens are an invitation to go green.
The gardeners’ garden
Located just a few strides from l’Hippodrome du Bois de Vincennes, l’Ecole Du Breuil – which trains gardeners for the City of Paris – is widely open to the public. Labeled “Remarkable Garden” – a label awarded by the Culture Ministry – its garden is an exceptional botanical collection with its counterpart, l’Arboretum de Paris. Originally located near the Lac Daumesnil during the development of the woods commissioned by Napoleon III, the school moved to its current location in 1936. It owes its name to the professor of arboriculture who was its first director and continues the educational mission of its origins by adapting it to the new climatic or living preservation constraints.
The visitor can discover the didactic spaces (a market garden, a practical work area or shared gardens) dedicated to students, a trellised orchard, an open-air orchard where the greenhouses can only be glimpsed, but it is above all the collection of perennial plants in flowerbeds or the rose garden that catch the eye in season. A pond, a rock garden recreating different environments or the surroundings of a large basin with aquatic plants are all spaces that are conducive to wandering and discovery. A row of climbing plants mounted on metal supports leads to the fruticetum, a collection of shrubs grouped according to their color or blooming period.
l’Ecole Du Breuil, entrance on Route de la Pyramide, in front of