Gardens in the City: Paris in Bloom
In big cities gardens have a special meaning as they bring a feeling of natural beauty and peace into a harsh environment. In the northern hemisphere May and June are often optimal months for city gardens. I just returned from a quick trip to Paris and its gardens, big or small, were breathtaking! Before such luxury it becomes instantly clear why so many people love Paris.
The Eiffel Tower in uncommon garb jacarandas in full bloom!
The Palais Royal, is located smack in the middle of the crowds and traffic jams of Paris. However, nestled inside its 18th century buildings there is a beautiful and peaceful garden where the noisy city seems far away. This garden, virginal in its appearance today, was nevertheless in the 18th century a torrid center of debauchery!
Luxembourg Gardens is one of the favorite promenades for Parisians who live in the 6th arrondissement, one of the most chic quarters of Paris. As soon as the sun comes out the crowds arrive, but if you wander a little off the beaten path you will find many hidden oasis of calm such as the one pictured above. And if you want to learn how to prune your fruit trees, you've come to the right place:' not only are there more than 200 species of apple and pear trees alone, but there's also an exclusive school located in the middle of these gardens for pruning fruit trees.
In May, when it's time to buy potted plants and flowers for your terrace, there is no scarcity of selection.' At Moulié, Place du Palais Bourbon, you won't be disappointed! As elegant a florist as one would hope to find, Moulié is located just a stone's throw from the French Parliament and adds some light and color to a square otherwise dominated by blue uniformed policemen.
One of the oldest places in Paris to buy flowers and plants is Quai de la Mégisserie, right in the heart of the city and just along the Seine.
Happy are those who live in this house, peeking out behind the red tulips and just between the Mus�e des Arts Premiers and the Eiffel Tower.This neighborhood is one of the most luxurious in Paris.