Plan B: Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil
Sometimes plan B is really what you were meant to do all along. On Friday, my friend Matthieu and I had a 2:00 date to see l’appartement-atelier de Le Corbusier*, followed by a visit to la Maison La Rocheusier. We arrived to find the appartement-atelier closed and got no response when we rather too hopefully called the number posted beside the door.
Lucky for me Matthieu suggested a visit to the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil, a series of 19th century greenhouses, a few blocks away.
We’ve had glimpses of Spring but she’s yet to fully commit. March has mostly been gray and in the 40’s (or lower) so tropical plants and balmy temps (even if artificial and temporary) were greatly appreciated. The smell of the wet earth, the chirps and squawks of the birds, and the tinkling of the not so flowing water, combined with the warm air to lull us into dreamy contentedness. Best of all, we had many of the green houses to ourselves or shared them with only a few students from a botanical drawing class.
I’m making a mental note to revisit this place next winter.
According to Wikipedia “the greenhouses produce about 100,000 plants per year for the interior decoration of municipal buildings.”
Info in French here.
Info in English here.
Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil
3 Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil
Free and open year round
*Next time we’ll make a reservation. Neither building is technically wheelchair accessible. There is an elevator in the appartement-atelier though it only goes to the 6th floor and the actual apartment-studio is on the 7th and 8th floors there is a large step at the entrance.