Roseraie du Val-de-Marne
In 1892 Jules Gravereaux, a former executive at the Bon Marché, bought an estate in L’Hay, and made it his family home. His passion for roses led him to convert the vegetable gardens into what became a garden exclusively devoted to roses. He then commissioned the renowned landscape architect, Édouard André, to design the French-style garden for the fast-growing collection. The result is a horticultural gem nestled within a peaceful, English-style public park, the Parc de la Roseraie, which includes several playgrounds and is an ideal setting for family outings.
Nearly 3000 Varieties of Roses
The world-famous garden includes thirteen collector’s gardens, with some 3000 varieties of roses. The best time to visit is in June, when most of the roses are in full bloom. Stroll down the right hand path, and take your time inhaling the fragrant, old garden roses, or “historical roses”. These Gallic, Oriental, and botanical (wild) rose varieties were created between 1850 and 1945, and have since largely disappeared from commerce. On the left are recently created modern roses with larger blooms. And along a sunny wall, you’ll find special collections including tea roses or the hardy hedgerow (rugosa) roses.
Guided visits, activities and meetings with rose experts are regularly organised. For a sensory feast, don’t miss the Parfums de Musiques Festival, with traditional world music concerts in the garden over two weekends in June.
Access and contact
Days and opening hours
From 04/05 to 15/09/2019, daily between 10 am and 7 pm.
- 1.55 €
- Adult: 1.55 to 3.10 €. Free entry for children < 5 years, disabled people and accompanying persons.