Category Archives: French gardens
More beautiful photochroms of France from the Library of Congress. . . . Enjoy.
“The Tuileries garden, Paris, France.”
“The Square and the Place D’Arcy, Dijon, France.”
“Royal Palace and hotel de ville, Caen, France.”
“Hotel de ville, posts and telegraphs, Vichy, France.”
“Monks’ promenade, [Abbey of] Mont St. Michel, France.”
This is another image from the Library’s photochrom collection, which includes many views of the architecture, monuments, and landscapes of France.
Les Jardins de la Fontaine were built in the mid 1700s. They were the first public gardens in France.
The park is the second largest in Paris. It opened in the 1850s — the first park in the western part of the city and an important part of Baron Haussmann’s vision for a greener, healthier Paris.
The plan of the Bois, developed by Jean-Charles Alphand, featured meandering paths and naturalistic hills, lawns, and lakes. It was the model for all the 19th century Paris parks to follow.