Gardening and nature-related activities

Guided garden tours and gardening workshops are just two of the ways to get close to nature in Greater Paris


Jardinage - Potager des Oiseaux  © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

As a leisure activity, gardening is good for the mind and body. It has also become cool, and these days, people all over the country are taking up gardening with great enthusiasm. Garden experts are to hand to teach you to get green fingers, with everything from introductory lessons and specific how-tos to flower arranging courses.

Guided tours of parks and gardens

Domaine départemental de la Vallée-aux-Loups - Visite guidée © CD92 -  Willy Labre

Take a walking or cycling tour (also offered in sign language and English) with a guide to explore Greater Paris parks and gardens properly. The tours, which last from two to three hours, are open to individuals as well as groups, and it is best to book in advance. You can opt for a countryside stroll through the Bois de Boulogne or the Parc départemental de l'île Saint-Germain and a guided tour of the Domaine national de Saint-Cloud or the Parc départemental de L'Île-Saint-Denis, among other possibilities.

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Picturesque Voyages

Guided tours

As a scholar, educator and nationally-certified tour guide, I founded Picturesque Voyages for discerning travelers seeking......

Maison du Jardinage

Park, garden, promenade
41 rue Paul Belmondo - Parc de Bercy, Paris, 75012

Opened in September 1997, the Maison du Jardinage is a reference point in Paris. Located in the heart of the modern Bercy......

V'Île Fertile

Park, garden, promenade
45 avenue de la Belle Gabrielle, Paris, 75012

V'Île Fertile est une ferme maraîchère située dans le bois de Vincennes, au cœur du jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale René Dumont.......

Bois de Boulogne

Park, garden, promenade
Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75016

A former hunting ground for the Kings of France, the Bois de Boulogne has become the largest spot for relaxation in the west of......

Île de loisirs de Créteil

Leisure park
9 rue Jean Gabin, Créteil, 94000

Looking for adventure and excitement? Head over to the Créteil outdoor activities centre, just outside Paris. Sailing, wave pool,......

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, 92210

Overlooking the Seine and Paris, the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud offers fans of garden art, a 460 hectare park designed by Le......

Bois de Vincennes

Park, garden, promenade
Bois de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

The Bois de Vincennes is the capital's second largest 'green lung', after the Bois de Boulogne. It is located in the east of......

Domaine départemental de la Vallée-aux-Loups

87 rue de Chateaubriand, Châtenay-Malabry, 92290

The Maison de Chateaubriand, where the author lived from 1807-1817, continues the memory of its illustrious owner. Chateaubriand......

Roseraie du Val-de-Marne

Park, garden, promenade
Rue Albert Watel, L'Haÿ-les-Roses, 94240

This garden, the idea of Jules Gravereaux, was designed by landscape gardener Édouard André in 1899 and comprises 3,177 varieties......