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Les Espaces Vertes (Green Spaces)

Even though Paris is a huge, bustling metropolis, les espaces vertes (green spaces) abound.

Window box on the Boulevard St. Germain


In fact, the French cultivate what I call 'garden moments' with spectacular ease. From the lowly window box to the tiny courtyard corner to lavish park lawns, the French create-and enjoy-nature quite regularly.

On my last sojourn in Paris, I took time to absorb these green gems everywhere I found them. Once I started looking, it seemed that everything was vert (green) in a place that normally comes across quite gris (gray) (see the previous French Affaires Weekly article "Gray Paris is Paris").

Here is a visual tour of some of the most charming garden spaces I encountered this spring-and in case you want to bring the outdoors in, exquisite flower bouquets make for very nice portable jardins (gardens). Vive le jardinage à la française (long live gardening French-style)!

A green corner of a Left Bank courtyard

A green corner of a Left Bank courtyard


The garden at the Musée Jacquemart-André

The garden at the Musée Jacquemart-André


An Invitation to sit a while in the Tuileries gardens

An Invitation to sit a while in the Tuileries gardens


Lawn lingering at the Parc Monceau

Lawn lingering at the Parc Monceau (and it was not a weekend!)


The reflecting pool at the Parc Monceau

The reflecting pool at the Parc Monceau


Portable nature for 27 euros

Portable nature for 27 euros


French Take-Out ~ La France à emporter™

Francophiles in Dallas can enjoy a wonderful garden moment this Monday, May 11, with the Dallas Chapter of the French Heritage Society. The organization is hosting French historian and landscape architect, Christian Duvernois, who has just come out with his garden book Marie-Antoinette and the Last Garden at Versailles. His work has been profiled in the New York Times, House & Garden, Art Forum, and the International Herald Tribune.

The elegant evening begins with the lecture at 6pm followed by a catered reception at 7pm at the Heritage Auction Galleries Design District Annex located at 1518 Slocum Street in Dallas. The cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Please RSVP to Carol Hall at 214-363-9568 or to the reservations chair at 972-606-3932. This promises to be a unique and special French event!

French Heritage Society


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