Plan now for your Ile-de-France garden visit

Chateau with gardens in front
The Potager du Roi at the Chateau du Versailles

From Versailles to the roof of Galéries Lafayette… lots to see in France’s most urban region (that is mostly farmland)

More than 110 gardens in Ile-de-France will be open over the last weekend of this month as a way to show that France’s most urban region also has plenty of green areas.

With the theme of the potager cottage garden, Jardins ouverts frm September 30 to October 1 will range from the Potager du Roi at the Chateau de Versailles to jardins ouvriers (like allotments) and up to roof gardens such as the Galéries Lafayette Haussmann.

Ile-de-France is nearly 80% woods and farmland with 5,000 farms and working gardens giving 12,000 jobs and output worth €1billion.

The four regional natural parks are also open at Haute Vallée de Chevreuse (Château de la Madeleine, Bullion...), the Gâtinais français (Fontainebleau, Barbizon, Étampes...), Oise-Pays de France (Chantilly forest, Royaumont Abbey...) and Vexin Français (Auvers-sur-Oise, La Roche-Guyon, Château de Villarceaux...) – plus the 35 Natura 2000 sites.

A full list is on the Ile-de-France region website (in French) as well as an ABC of garden terms that reveals much of French has roots in the garden and the farm.

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