Romantic gardens between Paris and Fontainebleau
Take a break to breathe in the subtle scent of roses, admire majestic hundred-year-old trees and explore a rare heritage site: an unspoilt 17th-century kitchen garden.
La Vie en Roses
Just outside of Paris, the town of L’Haÿ-les-Roses is home to what is almost a living museum of thousands of roses. La Roseraie du Val-de-Marne opens to the public as soon as its 11,000 rose bushes come into bloom, enveloping visitors in the heady scent of the Queen of Flowers and surrounding you in everything from tea roses to exotic Far-Eastern varieties.
The city of trees
About 15 minutes away is the Arboretum de la Vallée-aux-Loups, which is home to an incredible collection of over 500 species of trees and bushes that rolls on as far as the eye can see. It’s a headily romantic setting, and only moments away from the Maison de Chateaubriand.
Before arriving at Fontainebleau, stop by the Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard estate. The kitchen garden – which is brimming with blooms and one of the most beautiful in France – is home to a fabulous medley of rare and forgotten flowers, fruits and vegetables, which changes with the seasons.