Posted by: Debra Kolkka | September 19, 2023

Paris Gardens

Paris has many stunning gardens. Here are a few that I have had the pleasure of walking through.

Place des Vosges has a small, but very beautiful garden in its centre and at least one off to the side. It was originally Place Royale and is the oldest planned square in Paris. It was built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612. It is a lovely place to sit on a hot day under the shade of the trees.


Jardin des Tuileries separate the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde.  The name comes from the tile factories that stood on the site where Queen Catherine de Medici  built the Palais des Tuileries in 1564. The gardens were redesigned in 1664 in the time of King LouisXIV in the French formal style. This is just a tiny section.

This chap seems a bit upset about whatever it is on his head.

Le Jardin du Luxembourg cover 25 hectares of land, and are split into French gardens and English gardens. Between the two is a geometric forest and a large pond and lots of things I did not see on my first visit many years ago.


Jardin des Plantes. This corner of the building beside the entrance is growing its own garden.

The Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden in France. The name is a shortened version of Jardin Royal des plantes medicinales, Royal garden of medicinal plants, the original purpose of the 17th century garden.

The garden is huge and houses a tropical greenhouse, the National Museum of Natural History, a zoo and much more. We covered some of it…more to see on a future visit.

The entrance to the garden.

There are magnificent huge trees in the garden.

We passed a cute little hut.

Lovely statues are dotted around the garden.

The greenhouse for tropical plants….hot and steamy inside.

The museum is enormous and has stunning gardens in front.

All the gardens are at the end of the growing season and heading into autumn. They still look spectacular thanks to the hard work of many gardeners…thank you.


  1. Beautiful photos! You make me want to go back to Paris! I still haven’t visited the Jardin des Plantes- definitely next time

    • It is a stunning garden. I would also like to see the Natural History Museum.

  2. Wow, where IS everybody?
    These gardens look deserted.
    Has everyone gone back to school?

    We stayed 2 blocks from Place de Vosges in 2007 when we went to Paris for a wedding.
    What a time we had! Thanks for getting the memory mill going again!
    Annie B.

    • The Tuileries and Luxembourg gardens were full of people. I try to wait for a people free view before taking a photo, it can take a while. Paris is busy, particularly on weekends.
      We are staying on Ile Saint Louis. It is seriously busy on weekends, with long queues for ice cream. During the week it is pleasantly busy.

  3. What a blast of beauty! Overwhelming really; how did you possibly absorb all those stunning sculptures, varying plant life and such a riot of lovely? Perhaps now, reflecting back on these gorgeous photos you will be able to take it all in, at a slower pace. Thankful to have shared these fabulous places, once again.
    P.S. Your Notre Dame post was very interesting/encouraging as well!

    • I spent a bit of time just sitting in the Luxembourg garden, it is gorgeous. We are going back to Tuileries today to see the Orangerie. I am always looking for new ideas for our garden at Casa Debbio.

  4. Gardens always make any city beautiful, but Paris is so spectacular.
    Love all photos & all the green trees, hedges etc & they make a superb background for all the fabulous buildings of Paris.

    • Paris is incredibly beautiful and the gardens have a lot to do with this. The upkeep must cost the city a fortune, well done to the people who look after the gardens.

  5. Lovely photos brings back memories

    • Beautiful Paris. I think I need to visit often.

  6. French gardens are beautiful and they complement the buildings and the gorgeous statues.

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