Category Archives: French Gardens

Coutances Dahlia Exhibition

On this winter day when once again my eye sees nothing but white covering the neutrals of bark and evergreens, I decided to share pictures of a dahlia garden in France.  I was told it was one of the oldest Dahlia … Continue reading

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Paris Agricultural Salon and a Political Encounter

The thing is, I don’t like crowds. And the Paris Agricultural Salon ‘s web site says that I was one of 681,213 visitors; it felt like most of them were there on the same day I visited. One of the … Continue reading

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Villa Ephrusi de Rothschild

Be sure to see both the video and photo gallery below.  This garden has been on my list for many years.  I’d traveled to Nice on both business and pleasure and it was after one of these trips that I’d read … Continue reading

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Domaine du Rayol

(Photo Gallery below)  Compared to many of the historic, public gardens in France, the Domaine du Rayol is a latecomer.  This beautiful, unspoiled promontory, a short distance from Toulon, was discovered by a few families at the turn of the … Continue reading

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Dear Departed Saul, Paris

Saul was a TV star. I saw him in Living Language videos long before I knew I would make his acquaintance. Hanging about with the likes of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the famous bridges of Paris, (Pont St. Louis … Continue reading

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Bormes les Mimosas, France

While preparing for my trip to the South of France, I’d read about a pretty little villiage where mimosas were featured, Bormes les Mimosas.  I stayed there the first night after the TVG (fast train) to Toulon.  This actually IS … Continue reading

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Mimosas in France

I just returned from a quick trip to France, spending most of my garden time in the south of France.  I’d read that it is Mimosa time in that region and set out to learn what I could, camera at the … Continue reading

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Chenonceau – It has Heart

This was one of the first gardens that I visited in France.  My first trips took me to the Loire Valley, along with many other visitors to the chateaux that dot the country and line its rivers.  Although I’ve visited … Continue reading

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Rose, the Woman and her Garden

I just read the book “Madame Toussaud”, by Michelle Moran; bear with me here for a short deviation from gardens.  Madame was an incredible woman, although she must have been all business first.  If the characterization is true, I’m sure that … Continue reading

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Giverny

Since I mentioned it in a recent post, I thought it might be time to share my pictures and thoughts about the garden. It was one of the first gardens that I visited outside of Paris and I’ve returned over and … Continue reading

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Garden Gem in Normandy – Clos du Coudray

If you want to visit Monet’s Garden when you are in France, and what garden tourist doesn’t, don’t plan to day trip out from Paris.  It’s worth the trouble to rent a car and drive to Normandy for a couple … Continue reading

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Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Traditions are important in France and change is slow in coming. I was made sad this year to find out that the very hotel that I was recommending when I surprised myself by saying the words, “whenever I’m in Paris”, has … Continue reading

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Amaranthus, decorative types

I am playing with decorative amaranths this year.  I would really like to find a US source for “Ponytails”, see left, but none of the major seed companies seem to carry it in the US.  T&M does but not in … Continue reading

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Parc Floral, Orleans France

I found this park on one of my first visits to France. My early research had advised me that the Loire Valley was the place to visit for garden interest.  Although it doesn’t have the history of Monet’s Garden or … Continue reading

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Peace Garden, Caen France

These are pictures from the Peace Garden, it’s associated with the War Memorial in Caen.  There were not good directions to the gardens itself, but if you drive around the block where the Memorial is located, you will find it.  … Continue reading

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Doue la Fontaine, Les Chemins de la Rose

 This rose garden is in the Loire Valley so it makes a nice change of pace when you’re there to visit all the old, historic chateaux.  It’s a rose lover’s dream! http://www.cheminsdelarose.com/

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Rosarie du Val-de-Marne, l’Hay les Roses

The archetypical rose garden, designed in the late 1800s by a Parisian businessman, Jules Gravereaux, who loved roses and Edouard Andre, a garden architect; this garden is a return to the structured, symetrical forms of the classical french garden, but on … Continue reading

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Bagatelle (and Bolivian bimbos in the Bois de Boulogne)

More Paris gardens for my one follower <smile>  It was very hard to choose from all of my Bagatelle photos on a trip in June of ’03 but not hard to pick what to pull from my trip journal.  It … Continue reading

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Whenever I’m in Paris

Click here to open the gallery.   I heard myself saying that one day and it stopped me cold.  Born and raised to a barely middle class family in rural Michigan, I grew up thinking that one trip to Europe in my … Continue reading

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