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Parc de La Villette

Today it is fashionable to grapple with the idea of collective meaning and memory in landscapes. Conferences are held, books written, different styles of garden analysed, all debating how far … Continue reading

November 30, 2010 · 4 Comments

Autumn – the year’s last, loveliest smile

We have enjoyed a glorious Indian summer in Paris, lingering well into October, with temperatures in the 20s and bright sunny skies almost every morning. But the trees know. Shorter … Continue reading

October 13, 2010 · 3 Comments

A gay old (s)park

Tucked away in the heart of Paris, the Square du Vert Galant sits on the western tip of the Ile de la Cité. Its name – which my dictionary amusingly … Continue reading

August 6, 2010 · Leave a comment

Trouble at the Tuileries

I have just written an article for Gardens and People on the extraordinary 1990 proposals by Bernard Lassus to reinvent the Jardin des Tuileries. They were an entry in a … Continue reading

July 23, 2010 · Leave a comment

Cool plants for hot days

The gardens of the Hotel Biron are currently a sea of creamy hydrangeas and soft green foliage. A few weeks ago I posted on the lush roses and paeonies that … Continue reading

July 20, 2010 · Leave a comment

The Emperor’s own park

The Bois de Boulogne, once an ancient oak forest, was for centuries a royal hunting ground. In the 1850s, it became the first of many public parks created by the … Continue reading

July 12, 2010 · Leave a comment

C’est pour offrir?

One of the pleasurable things about living in Paris is the fleuristes – the many flower shops with their beautiful displays of plants and cut flowers. This one is Shivani … Continue reading

July 3, 2010 · Leave a comment

Rainbows and daisies

At one of the side entrances to l’Eglise Saint Germain des Prés in the 6th arrondissement are four little box-edged flower beds. This summer, one of them is thickly planted … Continue reading

June 28, 2010 · Leave a comment

Ecole des Beaux-Arts

The Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts was established in the seventeenth century and, in its heyday, was an enormously influential school for architects, painters and sculptors throughout the world. Its … Continue reading

June 27, 2010 · 2 Comments

Tennis à l’anglaise

With Wimbledon in full swing, I am reminded that there is a solitary grass tennis court in Paris. It is located, perhaps not surprisingly, in the gardens of the British … Continue reading

June 24, 2010 · Leave a comment

Promenade Pereire

Created in 1989, this linear park runs along the middle of boulevard Pereire in the 17th arrondissement. It may not be on a par with the great parks of Paris, … Continue reading

June 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

Gardening without gardens

Almost all Parisians live in apartments. A lucky few have a terrace or balcony where they can grow plants. Most of us have to make do with house plants and … Continue reading

June 13, 2010 · Leave a comment

Parc Monceau

Parc Monceau in the 8th arrondissement of Paris is our local park, a five minute walk from our apartment. Our daughter’s school is based in one of the access roads, … Continue reading

June 6, 2010 · 8 Comments

Roses and Rodin

Someone asked me the other day about “secret” places in Paris, where it would be fun to take visitors. One of my suggestions was the garden of the Hôtel Biron … Continue reading

June 6, 2010 · 2 Comments

Jardins, Jardin aux Tuileries

This weekend is the annual garden festival, Jardins, Jardin aux Tuileries, which takes place in a corner of Le Nôtre’s magnificent park in the middle of Paris. It is tiny … Continue reading

June 5, 2010 · Leave a comment

In the US Ambassador’s garden…

To mark Memorial Day, we spent this morning in the garden of the US Ambassador’s Residence in Paris. There were performances by two platoons of the US Marines: the Drum … Continue reading

June 1, 2010 · Leave a comment

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