A lovely Bagatelle in Paris – Parc de Bagatelle

Parc de bagatelle

Some years ago, I bought a rose book to get inspiration to my new garden. In it I found fantastic pictures of the garden Parc de Bagatelle. I fell in love on the spot, and I can whole heartedly say, that this garden has influenced me more then any other garden. It was my first ever garden visit!

Getting there
Going to this garden by public transport is a bit tricky even though it is really close to the city center of Paris. I will therefor suggest you get a taxi. If you really want to try the public transport and have loads of spare time, then go for the bus (bus 43 or 244 from métro Pont de Neuilly).
I did the train and walked 2 hours, and by the time I arrived I nearly needed an ambulance.
The garden sits in the beautiful and huge forest of Bois de Boulogne.
A ticket to see the gardens costs about 5-6 Euros and I do believe it is accessible for wheelchairs.

Why visit
First off, this garden has everything, and the fact that it sits in tarmac covered Paris is a reason in it self to visit.
If you are in Paris for some other reason, I beg you to see this garden!
It is most famous for its rose garden and it is truly magnificent. Huge roses, small roses, ramblers climbing over arches, walls and pergolas and a huge strict cut parterre with so much roses you would not believe.
There are more then 10.000 roses in this garden.
They are all labelled, so if you need a new rose, this is a place to go get inspiration.
The garden also contains a cottage garden, landscape garden filled with exotic birds, waterfalls, grottoes, a pagoda, romantic bridges and a fantastic Iris garden.
I must say that the Iris garden really made a big impression on me, and I have a big Iris border at home, inspired by this garden.
This garden has a scientific systematic feel to it, everything labelled and planted in order, but not in a boring strict rows.
So if you are a romantic cottage owner or a nerdy plantsman this garden will fit both bills easy!

The gardens history
The garden was created in 64 days, by Louis XVI brother, in a bet against Marie-Antoinette who also lived there from time to time. They used the house as something in between a summer house and a hunting lodge. A posh one. 🙂

In 1835 the brit Lord Seymour, Marquess of Hertford bought the property, and doubled the size of the gardens and build new beautiful buildings. I was really impressed by the Orangerie.
So in 1905 it was all sold to the City of Paris. The landscape designer currently employed by the city (Jean-Claude-Nicolas Forestier) created the flower gardens that are the once we now visit for. The rose garden, the iris garden etc. The rose garden was completed in 1906. And has since then housed an annual rose exhibit for new roses. A debutant ball 🙂

The first version of the garden and park was designed by the Scottish landscape gardener Thomas Blaikie.
The flower gardens inclusive rose and iris gardens was designed by Jean-Claude-Nicolas Forestier.
Parc de Bagatelle Website >

Rose garden in Parc de Bagatelle


A world of gardening awaits

Hi there!
My name is Lin, and I love to travel. When I travel I love to visit gardens. Classic gardens, modern gardens, landscape gardens and all other types of gardens. 
Visiting gardens both bring peace of mind and jump-starts the inner creativity. It brings back my energy. 

When I travel and visit gardens, I often do in depth research before I go. When was the garden created, who created it, who maintains it. What type of plants is present, is there a tearoom, can I buy some plats to bring home? Is there any talks or activities going on there today? Guided tours maybe? 

I travel the UK, the Mediterranean and Scandinavian countries.
I love photography and just bought a new camera. A Nikon D7000 and a Macro lens. So this blog will have no shortage of images of the gardens I visit. 

Adding gardens
In the next few weeks, I will add gardens that I have visited the last few years. And then in a couple of weeks, I will visit Wales, and I will tell you all about it! 😉 
Any Wales tips is most welcome!

I will write some what detailed reviews about each garden. I will link to all resources you need to find it, and I will suggest B&Bs, Hotels and restaurants if they are relevant. 

If you own or work for a garden and would like to invite me and my camera,  PLEASE do so!
If you know of a special gem of a garden that is not already covered here, please tips me!!!
I will add a contact button here in a day or two!

I love comments, so if you have tips, recommendations, relevant information about the gardens I visit, please do comment! 🙂

If you want to visit gardens …
if you are traveling and need help planning your trips around gardens …

… then this is the tool you need!   😉