Les Espaces Vertes (Green Spaces)
May 6, 2009
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
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
The garden at the Musée Jacquemart-André
An Invitation to sit a while in the Tuileries gardens
Lawn lingering at the Parc Monceau (and it was not a weekend!)
The reflecting pool at the Parc Monceau
Portable nature for 27 euros
~ 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!
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