Sentimental Jardin Bossuet, Meaux!

And I bring you back to a garden in somewhat off the beaten path town near Paris and even closer to Disneyland. This is my sentimental favorite city of Meaux, in Seine et Marne dept 77 of the ïle de France region. This is my dear late wife Martine native town.

I can tell you more but rather let you come and see it. I have written several posts on Meaux but none on the garden of the Bishop Bossuet, the Eagle of Meaux Royal confessor to king Louis XIV. There is a museum here too in the Episcopal palace behind the Cathedral of St Stephens or St Etienne in French.

I like to tell you a bit more on the Jardin Bossuet, the first out of the house encounter with what would be my wife back in Sept. 1990. The picture below was taken later on.



Meaux is a City of Art and History! This label was awarded to the city since it has an important heritage and is committed to enhancing it. The Episcopal complex of Meaux stretched from the Cathedral St Stephens to the city walls. As its name suggests, this district was reserved for the bishop, in the chapter of the canons of the Cathedral and their lay or ecclesiastical entourage. In its current state, the Episcopal City largely presents the physiognomy that it offered to the 18C.

It was in 1911 that the garden of the Bishopric took the name of the illustrious prelate, when it was opened to the public , so Jardin Bossuet. Created in the 17C, it has the singularity of being in the shape of a mitre and having very respectable dimensions like an area of 8,500 m², length 90 meters, width 75 meters. In line with French gardens, there are boxwood borders, geometric shapes but also pretty flower beds in season like 17,500 plants for flowering!, A vegetable patch always in season, and plants very ancient medicinal products thanks to the contribution of a good microclimate. Local tradition has it that the famous André Le Nôtre is the author, but no document confirms this. Some contemporary adaptations have transformed it, adding the rock of the basin called “Sweating Rock”, covered with plants or the roses that line the central aisle, but the spirit is respected. Bishop Dominique Siguier had the garden extended to the Gallo-Roman ramparts dating from the end of the 3C. At the end of the garden, you reach, by a staircase, a terrace which is none other than the upper part of the rampart. The latter only opens during guided tours. You can then see the Bossuet house, a small hermitage on a remarkable site. A stroll in fine weather is to be preferred, giving an obvious bucolic appeal to the whole.


For several years now, in fine weather, the perimeters of the main flowerbeds of the Bossuet Garden have been transformed into the Simples’ garden. Visitors can discover rare plants, ancient medicinal plants and exotic vegetable plants or local varieties ;such as mustard or carrot from Meaux.

Open daily from 10h to 17h (low season) and from 9h to 19h (high season).

More info on these webpages to help you plan your trip and its worth the detour here

City of Meaux on the Jardin Bossuet in French

Tourist office of Meaux on the Jardin Bossuet

Tourist office of Seine et Marne on the Jardin Bossuet

There you go a nice semi hidden garden in a wonderful historical and architectural corner of Meaux. The Jardin Bossuet is nice, romantic, beautiful and quiet. A perfect getaway from it all in the middle of history of France. Enjoy it as I always do and will.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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