The gardens of the ile de France………

I know many , millions, come to France to see its wonderful gardens, from the time of Le Notre and beyond, the gardens had pull a powerful magnet for visitors. As usual, we tend to focus in Paris bien sûr mais il faut réve et chercher autres endroits quasi belles or méme plus beaux que dans Paris. Just a bit more sites as beautiful or even more so than Paris.

I  try to tell you some of my favorites over the years in this special post. First, some sites that tell you about gardens in the Ile de France :

http://www.villa-ephrussi.com/

http://www.parcsetjardins.fr/recherche-geographique.php

http://www.jardins-de-france.com/

http://www.jardinez.com/

http://www.lesplusbeauxjardinsdefrance.com/

and get together from the ministry of culture of France, http://www.rendezvousauxjardins.culture.fr/

And now my favorites in the ile de France , my current region ,even if will move in mid july 2012.

Seine et Marne ,dept 77; Jardin du Domaine National de Champs-sur-Marne, French and English style gardens with a castle of course!  http://champs-sur-marne.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

Jardin Médiéval de la Commanderie des Templiers, at Couloummiers, medieval gardens and the Templars story, http://www.commanderie-templiers.fr/

Domaine National du chateau de Fontainebleu, of course at famous Fontainbleau, http://www.musee-chateau-fontainebleau.fr/

La Fontaine aux Pigeons on medieval, La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, English gardens of 6 hectares, http://www.la-ferte-sous-jouarre.fr/component/content/article/20/886.html

Jardin de Vaux-le-Vicomte, of course the other beautiful castle of the Paris region, French style gardens, http://www.vaux-le-vicomte.com/

One near to me as my wife was born here, and we first talk dated walking this garden, Jardin Bossuet, in Meaux (as in brie cheese) ;French garden next to Cathedral,where the Bossuet rose was created, see it better in French, http://www.ville-meaux.fr/Le-Jardin-Bossuet.html

La Roseraie, see the rose of Provins, http://www.roseraie-provins.com/ gorgeous

Moving to the Yvelines, dept 78, where have my house. Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay, private gardens in an abbey see on weekend or with appointment in weekdays, http://www.abbayedecernay.com/

Jardins du Chateau de Breteuil, French gardens, http://www.breteuil.fr/castle/accueil.php

Musée Promenade de Marly-le-Roi, where kings used to walk, wonderful, many of the statues now at the Louvre. http://www.musee-promenade.fr/

Musée National de Port-Royal des Champs,historical gardens ,protected, see it,  http://www.port-royal-des-champs.eu/

Domaine National de Rambouillet-Bergerie nationale, English gardens and regular,historical, and animals, http://www.bergerie-nationale.educagri.fr/

Arboretum de Chévreloup, English gardens and trees, plants, near Versailles, http://www.mnhn.fr/chevreloup/

Domaine National de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, by the castle, gardens 18C, traces of renaissance, http://www.musee-archeologienationale.fr/ , Jardin du Musée Experimental Maurice Denis, in town, garden of the artist, http://www.musee-mauricedenis.fr/

Chateau et Parc de Vaux-sur-Seine, landscape garden from the 19C, http://www.vauxsurseine.fr/Le-chateau-de-Vaux-sur-Seine.html

Versailles, of course, my town, the one and only in the world, French and English style gardens, and veggie and fruit potager du roi lol! http://en.chateauversailles.fr/gardens-and-park-of-the-chateau-  and http://www.potager-du-roi.fr/ensp/default/EN/all/potager/index.htm

The Essonne dept 91, we have Conservatoire National des Plantes Médicinales, at nice Milly-la-Fôret, http://www.cnpmai.net/

Potager Fleuri du Domaine de Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard, flower veggy plots from the 17C! and castle, http://www.domsaintjeanbeauregard.com/v2/

We move now to Hauts-de-Seine, dept 92 ,just near Paris, Musée et Jardins Albert Kahn, parc and scenes with oriental motifs, http://albert-kahn.hauts-de-seine.net/

Parc de Boulogne, Edmond de Rothschild, landscape garden and japonese dating from 19C, http://www.boulognebillancourt.com/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=231?&leftid=477&mpid=3&submid=0&submid2=1&Itemid=489

Parc de la Maison de Chateaubriand et Arboretum, La Vallée aux Loups, romantic gardens, http://maison-de-chateaubriand.hauts-de-seine.net/web/chateaubriand/le-parc-de-la-maison-de-chateaubriand

Parc des impressionists, modern with rosaries, http://www.rueil-tourisme.com/FR/visite-le-parc-des-impressionnistes_4623.html ,and on same town of Rueil-Malmaison, the castle of the lady of Napoleon, Josephine. Parc du Chateau de Malmaison, nice gardens, http://www.chateau-malmaison.fr/

Domaine de Saint-Cloud, landscape huge nice, many events here like rock on the seine, http://saint-cloud.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/ and near there ,also, the Jardin Stern, design by JCN Forestier, to allow her handicapped daughter to walk inwheelchair in the gardens from back in 1927, nice, http://www.jardinstern.com/

Domaine de Sceaux, parc et musée d’ile de France, a museum of the region, and garden design by the great Le Notre. Wonderfully nice and big, http://domaine-de-sceaux.hauts-de-seine.net/

We end at dept Val d’Oise or no 95 where the airport of Paris CDG is (not Paris), Parc et Jardins de l’Abbaye Royale de Royaumont, http://www.royaumont.com/fondation_abbaye/

Jardin de l’Atelier de Daubigny, http://www.atelier-daubigny.com/ , also same town, Jardins duMusée de l’Absinthé, http://www.musee-absinthe.com/ , continue in the area of Van Gogh with the jardins du Chateau d’Auvers, http://www.chateau-auvers.fr/index.php?PHPSESSID=1e1022b3c98c8aa32e0fdec046610e01

Maison du Docteur Gachet, garden from 19C, http://www.valdoise.fr/6387-la-maison-du-docteur-gachet-a-auvers-sur-oise.htm

Domaine de Villarceaux, a gem, go there for shopping farm goodies too, and a gourmet event everyyear, http://www.iledefrance.fr/villarceaux

Parc du Chateau D’Ecouen, also a museum of the renaissance, http://www.musee-renaissance.fr/homes/home_id20392_u1l2.htm

Chateau de Stors, English style terrace gardens, town of L’isle-Adam, http://chateaudestors.com/

Chateau de la Roche-Guyon, fruits gardens and views of the Seine, nice tunnel withhistory of wwII,  http://www.chateaudelarocheguyon.fr/

Parc et Chateau de Méry-sur-Oise, with great water fountain, lakes, http://www.merysuroise.fr/download//horaires-parc.JPG.pdf

Jardin du Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau, http://museejjrousseau.montmorency.fr/fr

Parc de l’Abbaye de Maubuisson, old abbatial park, nice, http://www.valdoise-tourisme.com/diffusio/fr/voir-faire/nature/st-ouen-l-aumone/parc-de-l-abbaye-de-maubuisson_TFO106590495640.php

There is a long list indeed, but all very nice, and some spectacular, you will have a good guide toget you started while in the Ile de France region,where Versailles and Paris for example are. Cheers

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