Among the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Paris and around stands the Parc Floral. For your information, the Parc Floral was created in 1969 on the former military fields of the Cartoucherie to house the third international Floralies. And Architect-landscaper Daniel Collin tackled these renovations, marking a milestone in the history of designing parks and gardens in Paris. Note this horticultural engineer is also the one behind the first renovation of the Japanese Albert Kahn garden.
To do it, the architect was loosely inspired by the Japanese style of the Tokyo Olympics (1964) for the roofs, pavilions and sheltered alleys.
On site, discover a lot of landscapes for an exotic and relaxing stroll.
Head to the Pavilion 20 and the Pelargonium collection and other plants from Southern Africa and discover the giant bamboo garden.
The Pavilion 15 is surrounded by superb and multiple outdoor bonsais.
As for the Pavilion 16, you will enjoy a sublime indoor bonsai garden with a stream of water under a glass roof.
Keep walking and discover a Zen garden with gravel and trimmed trees.
The Pavilion 17 unveils a gorgeous Japanese garden gathering pine trees, water bodies and irises.
Keep on walking across the pavilions around and discover some gorgeous blooming azaleas and rhododendrons performing a genuinely colorful show.
Whether you are a big fan of Japanese gardens or not, the Parc Floral is a great discovery to enjoy if you like gardens, flowers and plants.
To go by public transportation, take metro line 1 and get off at the Château de Vincennes station, set 5 minutes away from the park. Or the RER line A and walk off at Gare de Vincennes, and walk about ten minutes. Note bus 46 leaves from the Gare de l’Est and stops by the Porte Dorée, but you have to get off at the Parc Floral stop.
The Parc Floral is open all year around:
In the winter: from winter clock change until late February, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the spring: from March 1 and until summer clock change, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
In the summer: from summer clock change to September 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In the Fall: from October 1 to winter clock change, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Free of charge out of season, the park is charging from April 1 to September 30. Allow €2.50 per adult and €1.50 for the reduced rate. Note the park stays free for children under 7 years of age.
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