Rendez-vous aux Jardins 2024 at the BNF-François Mitterand: An unusual visit to the forest garden

Published by Rizhlaine de Sortiraparis, My de Sortiraparis, Manon de Sortiraparis · Published on May 28th, 2024 at 08:43 p.m.
The BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France - François Mitterand) is inviting us to discover its forest garden as part of the Rendez-vous aux Jardins event in Paris and the Île-de-France region from May 31 to June 2, 2024.

Rendez-vous aux Jardins returns this weekend, from May 31 to June 2, 2024. This not-to-be-missed warm-weather event invites us to rediscover our green spaces in a new light, through a fabulous program offree events and exceptional visits. It's an opportunity for all nature lovers and the curious to take advantage of both private and public parks and gardens. Of course, Paris and the whole of the Île-de-France region are part of this event initiated by the French Ministry of Culture!

Among the most astonishing spots to be discovered this year is the Jardin-forêt at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France - François Mitterand, also known by the acronym "BNF". The concept of this unusual green setting is based on the principle of permaculture, an ecological approach that aims to recreate forest ecosystems in an urban environment. Unlike traditional gardens, where plants are arranged in an orderly, aesthetic fashion, the Jardin Forêt favors a more natural, wild approach. Plants are arranged to mimic the interactions between the different species present in a real forest.

This unusual garden also offers numerous ecological benefits. The presence of a wide variety of plants promotes biodiversity and attracts a multitude of insects and birds. What's more, permaculture reduces the need for water, fertilizers and pesticides, making it an environmentally-friendly space.

The Rendez-vous aux Jardins 2024 program in the forest garden of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France - François Mitterand (BNF)

  • Visit the BnF forest garden
    June 1 and 2

    Usually closed to the public, the forest garden on the François-Mitterrand site can be visited free of charge during the Rendez-vous aux jardins (or during paid guided tours, from April to September). The BnF is organizing the 7th edition of its Festival Bibliothèque Parlante over the same weekend.
    Guided tours of the garden give visitors the opportunity to discover the history, fauna and vegetation of this one-hectare space, designed by Dominique Perrault, Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost and Eric Jacobsen in 1995.
    The location of the BnF garden, nestled in the middle of the reading rooms, makes it a unique site for flora and fauna. It provides a link in the district's ecological functioning. Different plant and animal species can use the site temporarily to move into the city, or settle there more permanently. This ecologically managed conservatory of urban biodiversity has been awarded the "Refuge LPO" label, and is the subject of a study agreement with the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle.

    Practical information:

    Meeting point: hall EST.
    Please arrive at reception at least 10 minutes before the start of your visit. Your place may be reallocated if you arrive less than 10 minutes before the start time. As the tour passes through areas not open to the public, it will not be possible to join the tour if you are late.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From June 1st, 2024 to June 2nd, 2024

× Approximate opening times: to confirm opening times, please contact the establishment.


    Quai François Mauriac
    75013 Paris 13


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