August in Paris

Patrick Blanc's vertical garden, the Oasis d'Aboukir, on the rue d'Aboukir, 75002 Paris
Patrick Blanc’s vertical garden, the Oasis d’Aboukir, on the rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris

Less well known than the Musée du quai Branly or the BHV Homme department store, we stumbled upon this brand new, stunning vertical garden by Patrick Blanc.

 

The garden enclosed by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, at the Quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris
The garden enclosed by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, at the Quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris

Another chance happening on our way to our friend’s Elie’s apartment, walking through the square of the 4 open books of the National Library: the almost hidden, completely sunken garden within the basement floors of the building. A haven for wildlife and subject to biodiversity studies, it isn’t open to visitors.

 

And then the Parc André Citroën, of course. On the site of the former car factory, it still has impressive scale, structure and planting, but sadly it is quite neglected: the glasshouses are closed and empty, some of the water features run dry, and some of the themed gardens and treetop walkways are closed due to wear and tear.

Silver Garden
Silver Garden
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Sunken garden area in the centre of the Jardin noir

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The industrial and underground area of the Jardin noir, on the way to the more well known fountains
The industrial and underground area of the Jardin noir, on the way to the more well known fountains
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