"Pruning roses madness @ the Royal Garden" Palais Royal Tip by Norali

Palais Royal, Paris: 7 reviews and 12 photos

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Strolling in the alleys, notice one of the oldest Parisian trees: this Robinia pseudoacacia was brought from US East Coast. Planted here in 1636! About common trees & plants (to European mainstream, i.e). Most of them used to be real globe-trotters. Basil, so dear to Italians originates from India & China. Tomato, from Mexico (but... oh! it is a fruit). Those platanes, dear to Parisians, fill their tree-lined boulevards but are North Asia natives.
Banana, common Western World daily fruit & Carribeans poster boy, originated from India! Who said "rhum" ? Sugar cane originates from Borneo & Sumatra. Hit South China. Alex the Great discovered it in India. Introduced to Romans, spread out through North Africa by Arabs, it finally hit Brazil and Carribean thanks to Portuguese navigators. A whole past of globe-trotting !

Jardin alpin gathers plants from the many mountains of the world. A real challenge to tackle as they don't share the same natural environment. Plants from Himalaya, Japan, China hills are neighbours of Morrocan, Arizona mountains. For each biotope having been restaured, Le Jardin scientists & gardeners joined efforts allowed, for instance, botanist Sébastien Vaillant to study & demystify plant sexuality in early XVIII cent. It also allowed to house endangered species.

I guess it's great to bring kids there to know about what their delicious hot chocolate, coffee, refreshing mango juice should be made of. Or that this beautiful blue poppy belongs to the opium family...

And.. you, you could make a halt from browsing the 240.000 sq². To "smell the rose". Just saw on the web that you could learn pruning roses for free there. Booking is necessary at 01 40 79 33 25 as it is reportedly the craze of the moment. I just love roses. Maybe about time to learn to care about those beauties in my yard ? There are pretty on pictures, aren't they ?

[Warning! It is not allowed to take pictures w/ tripod there.
No pictures from my 84 visit: took pictures of plants that I have in my area & that I saw there.]

othercontact: Greenhouses re-open 2007
Phone: 01 40 79 36 00: book group tours

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  • Updated Sep 9, 2006
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