Tuileries Garden and Jardins, Jardin Festival, Paris
A stone's throw from the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden is a sprawling green lung in the center of Paris. Locals and tourists come here to walk under the Cercis and horse chestnut trees, and picnic by flower beds in a palette of colors. This modern Garden of Eden is a haven for people who crave a tranquil hour away from the hubbub of central Paris.
The botanical garden, which is free to enter, dates back to 1559. Queen Catherine de' Medici decided to move to the Louvre Palace and build a garden modelled after her native Florence. Subsequent kings and queens have added new features to the gardens over the years, including a maze and labyrinth, which are still popular attractions today. The Tuileries Garden first opened to the public in 1667.
Other must-sees include the Place du Carrousel, a huge public square that backs onto the southern wing of the Louvre, and an octagonal water feature -- the perfect place to take a selfie. Every year, garden staff carefully arrange 70,000 bulbs and plants -- roses, irises, jasmine are just some of the flowers here -- according to color.
Art buffs should check out the Orangerie, located on the western side of the garden. Built by architect Firmin Bourgeois in 1852, this is the home of Claude Monet's famous Water Lilies paintings.
Every year, the Jardins, Jardin festival attracts people to the French capital. For 15 years, this event has staged guided tours, demonstrations and garden workshops. There are more than 100 exhibits, and architects and city planners flock to the park to see the latest landscape designs. Creatives experiment with different flower arrangements, making this one of the most beautiful events in Paris all year. Visitors can talk to gardeners and other experts. 2018's theme is 'experiencing nature.'
One of the most popular exhibits, Chanel to Plant Perfume Flowers, takes place in the Tuileries Garden and showcases the flowers Chanel use to make their famous scents, including roses and irises. Visitors can experience the perfume-making process and sample finished fragrances. Elsewhere at the festival, awards will be given for the best flower displays, including the Press "coup de cœur" Prize.
The festival runs from May 31-June 3, from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. Tickets cost €14 for adults and €10 for people aged 18-25 and groups, and they can be purchased on the official website from March 2018. Jardin des Plantes is 20 miles from Charles de Gaulle Airport. The nearest metro station is Place Monge -- Jardin des Plantes -- Arenes de Lutece.
Address: 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France