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The Oldest Rose Garden …

The roses of Val de Marne in L’Haÿ les Roses

The first rose garden in France and probably the oldest in the world ! June is the season for roses and time to visit the beautiful Rosery of Val de Marne in l’Haÿ les Roses just a few kilometres from Paris. It all began in 1894 when Jules Gravereaux started his rose collection. He assembled more than 1600 varieties and more were added through hybridization. Today the rosery has more than 3300 varieties of roses. By 1899 Gravereaux created his garden with the help of Edouard André the landscape designer. The garden became a popular destination for the Parisians of the “Belle Epoque”. In 1905 Gravereaux joined the Rosati Society dedicated to the world of the Rose – encouraging cultural activities with rose-themed plays, music, ballet and opera which was then staged in the Neoclassic style theatre of the Rose built in the Rosery and animated by the most popular artists of the day. Among them was the legendary dancer Isadora Duncan, there was also the film maker Jean Cocteau, Emma Sandrini the famous ballerina of the Paris Opera, the soprano Felia Litvinne and that of Cécile Sorel the actress from the Comédie Française. Centuries have passed and the roseraie remains one of France most elegant rose garden with its geometric style blending in the horizontal and vertical shapes, delightful parterre flanked by archways, statues, pergolas, sculptures, urns and trellises. Walk along the flowery archways to reach the temples of love draped in an overflowing river of multicoloured petals and smell the sweet fragrances of the unique tea roses. The garden is set thematically around picturesque flower beds ranging from ancient roses, modern and botanical varieties to Oriental and decorative species. June is the season of the rose and so the garden blooms into a theatrical land of music and dance – so the tradition lives on … Cultural activities which include workshops and open air musical performances are regularly held at the Roseraie du Val de Marne and it usually takes place in the first and second week of June when the flowers are in full bloom.

Here is a short slideshow video clip of the Rose Garden …

More images of the garden …

The fairy world of the Rosery in Val de Marne

The Roseraie du Val de Marne

The Roses of Val de Marne

20 comments on “The Oldest Rose Garden …

  1. Danny Meredith
    June 7, 2012

    Very beautiful :)

    • Photo Media
      June 8, 2012

      Thank you … Glad you enjoy it as it was a pleasure for me to film it :-)

  2. 1cruzdelsur
    June 8, 2012

    You know to find the beauty. Maybe my imagination makes me smell the scent of those roses …
    Adiós…

    • Photo Media
      June 8, 2012

      Thank you so much … this is such a beautiful place and glad I could share it. Have an enchanting weekend :-)

      • 1cruzdelsur
        June 8, 2012

        Bon week-end pour vous, prenez soin de …

  3. Angeline M
    June 8, 2012

    Beautiful!

    • Photo Media
      June 8, 2012

      Thank you very much !

  4. Travel Culture Food
    June 8, 2012

    verrrry beautiful!

    • Photo Media
      June 8, 2012

      Thank you !

  5. RedneckRosarian
    June 8, 2012

    Magnificent garden. Thanks for sharing these photos and video.

    • Photo Media
      June 8, 2012

      Thank you … it is a great pleasure making this enchanted garden known to the world :-)

  6. Genie
    June 9, 2012

    Gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing your photos of this awesome garden.

    • Photo Media
      June 9, 2012

      Thank you .. This place is really amazing !

  7. Mondrak
    June 10, 2012

    They are blinding photos. Absolutely beautiful.

    • Photo Media
      June 10, 2012

      Thank you for your wonderful comments … What can I say they are very photogenic :-)

  8. Peggy Martinez
    June 20, 2012

    Reblogged this on GIFT OF THE ROSE and commented:
    Roses from Paris, great detail about the history of a rose garden and how it enhanced cultural activities over 100 years ago!

  9. simonbowler
    June 20, 2012

    Awesome,very beautiful

    • Photo Media
      June 20, 2012

      Thank you and you’ve taken some nice shots of the animals I especially like the Scottish cow :-)

  10. At Your Service
    June 21, 2012

    Very beautiful. This reminds me of the rose garden in front of the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville, NC … I have many photos of the roses there.

    • Photo Media
      June 21, 2012

      Thank you … I have not been to Asheville must be beautiful too and looking forward to seeing your post of the roses :-)

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