Louis XV had a green thumb, in Auteuil!

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The greenhouse park - ©François GOGLINS / CC-BY-SA The greenhouse park - ©François GOGLINS / CC-BY-SA
Auteuil greenhouses Garden

Paris, in order to decorate streets, boulevards and roundabouts with flowers, needed greenhouses. So, the first Parisian "municipal florist" was founded in 1854 in the clos Georges, near the porte de la Muette (28 000 square metres). It embellished Paris for 40 years, then they decided to extend the florist, in 1895. But, here, they had no available place! Damned...

They had to find another place. They finally owned a land located porte d'Auteuil, in a place called fonds des Princes. In the past, Louis XV created here a botanical garden and even a small castle called "château du Coq": the king came here incognito, with ladies... The architect Gabriel raised this small castle, a real country cottage, with 8 rooms with a view on the garden.

In 1968, they built the Paris orbital: greenhouses area was reduced, from 9 to 6 hectares! Now, Paris city bought their flowers in Rungis of Fresnes market... But the greenhouse is still here, with huge palm-trees, Koi carps and exotic plants! Of course, with the big greenhouse itself raised by Jean-Camille Formigé at the end of the 19th century...

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