Yes, I'm done editing some of the 250 photos I took at the Jardin botanique des Serres d'Auteuil. Botanic gardens make me so extremely happy, especially if they include palm trees, cactus plants and succulents, that it always results in too many pictures 😉
This garden in Paris has been on my must-visit list for so long and when I heard a few months ago that it risks to be closed and destroyed on behalf of another Roland-Garros tennis court, I knew I had to go NOW. I sincerely hope the City of Paris, who owns the botanic gardens, realizes the value of these 19th century greenhouses and gardens in time, because it's so very gorgeous. Have a look:
I wondered around the garden before and after my visit of the Molitor Rooftop garden while it was empty and sunny. A few gardeners were around taking care of more than 10.000 different tropical and subtropical plants. Some of which are ultra rare and almost extinct.
One of the most amazing elements of the garden is the Palmarium: it seems like the Palm tree is captured in the greenhouse:
The majestic palm tree is really tall, nearly 16 meters and grows up to the top of the dôme of the greenhouse:
Carps in the pound:
A stunning Heliconia rostrata (also known as Hanging Lobster Claw or False Bird of Paradise). The "cup"-shape of the bright red flowers makes it an ideal place to bird to sip some fresh water!
The 19th century greenhouses designed by architect Jean Camille Formigé in the typical green blue color, are currently being painted again, which makes me hopeful as to the protection of the gardens.
Don't you just love the system of wooden shades:
They limit sunshine and heath in particular areas of the greenhouses.
The greenhouse on the left is almost empty, but the one on the right is open upon request. It houses the collection of cactus plants… which I didn't want to leave:
The cactus plants on the right don't have typical spines, but glochids: ultra fine hairs that easily detach from the plant and lodge in the skin, causing irritation upon contact. I found out the hard way last year when cutting one of these with my bare hands. Even a Tweezerman couldn't remove these minuscule hairs and it hurt for over a week… be very careful!
What's not to love:
Heart shaped leaves and prickles on this cactus plant:
One of the prettiest colors in botanics: this blueish grey minty green:
Super graphic shaped in these succulents I had never seen before:
Another greenhouse entirely dedicated to Monstera plants:
It's a jungle out there (it also makes me really sad to realize we HAD such a jungle in our greenhouse at home when we moved in… unfortunately the Montera plants didn't survive the first winter…)
Have you ever visited a tropical garden? How did you like it? I'll be in London next week and am considering visiting the famous Kew gardens. Even though it's not in the city center (like the Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil by the way, it's almost at the end of metroline 10), it may be worth the trip.
It's one of my dreams to someday travel the world and visit all the botanical and (sub) tropical gardens and make gardeners portraits. In a way, I already started this by visiting quite a few jungles. You can find some of my favorites right here.
Jardin botanique des Serres d'Auteuil /// 1 avenue Gordon-Bennett /// Paris 16e
m° Porte d'Auteuil, ligne 10 /// Open between 9:00 – 18:30 daily (and longer in summer)
Admission is free