Our favourite botanical gardens in Paris Region
Stroll along the paths and through the greenhouses of these veritable open-air museums to admire plant and tree varieties from the world over, their glowing colours changing from season to season. A palette of tones and hues that can be found only in nature.
Still today, the Jardin des Plantes, home to the National Museum of Natural History, upholds its four-century-long mission to spread botanical knowledge. Originally the Royal Garden of Medicinal Plants, the park divides its rich natural heritage across 11 different gardens.
At the heart of the Domaine Départemental de la Vallée-aux-Loups – Maison de Chateaubriand, 12 kilometres from Paris, the exceptional Arboretum is home to 500 species of trees and shrubs. Its unique botanical heritage is epitomised by the famous weeping cedar, which stretches up over 14 metres high and whose branches cover an area of nearly 700m2. The park is organised into themed gardens: fruit, flowering, chestnut, and alder trees, etc.