An ephemeral eco-friendly garden in front of the
Hôtel de Ville from 13th June – 14th July 2009

This temporary garden in an extraordinary setting has become an annual institution. There to spread the word about respecting the environment you’ve got just one month to have a look round and take some out-of-the-ordinary photos!

photos : Mairie de Paris - Elodie Loprin
photos : Mairie de Paris - Elodie Loprin

Right in the heart of Paris, in place of a huge expanse of granite, come and visit the Oaris city council’s ephemeral garden! You’ll find a large area divided into several different spacesn quiet areas, tress, space for resting… and lots of info about what you can do to help preserve nature.

You’ll also see the vegetable patch, an explanation about the wonders of compost, a presentation of the flowers that attract bees and butterflies… In all,  3,200m² and 11 different little gardens to explore. A cavalcade of colours and smells, no doubt! And the giant-size map of Paris will help you to pick out where our city’s green spaces are, our market gardens, our trees…

Designed this year by landscape gardener Fabrice Yvelin, the fun side had not been neglected, with amusing differences in level (some gardens are planted right near the ground, others high up) and you’ll find guides in the courtyard terrace who will be able to answer any questions you have. Take your time to look around, then have a rest on one of the grassy benches!

Or why not try out a guided tour? They are on Tuesdays and Sundays at 2.30pm and 3.30pm. There are also storytelling sessions for children every Sunday at 3pm.

The ephemeral garden in front of Hôtel de Ville is open every day from 8am – 8pm.

More information and full details of what’s on (in French) here on the official site.