Albert Kahn gardens

Camellias and the zen garden

The Japanese garden of Albert Kahn in Paris

The Japanese garden of Albert Kahn in Paris

Here is another one of my favorite garden walk created in the nineteenth century by its founder Albert Kahn, French banker and philanthropist known also for his auto chromes collection taken during his voyages in Asia. The garden which once enhance his Parisian home was created to illustrate the gardens of the world. His creative garden landscape is still kept alive till this day where visitors may enjoy the lovely walks through the French, English, the Vosges forest and especially a voyage into the meditative zen world of Japanese gardens. The original Japanese garden created by Albert Kahn in 1908, was given its contemporary style in 1989 by the Japanese landscape designer Fumiaki Takano. Nothing much is left of the old Japanese garden except for the bridges, the small wooden door leading to the orchard and the wonderful weeping purple beech tree. Walk along the pond and sit under shady trees to listen to the sounds of dripping water while admiring some of the garden flower collection such as the many beautiful species of Camellias. The visit gets even better in Spring when cherry blossoms become a wonderful background to the Japanese style houses surrounding the garden.

In the Japanese garden of Albert Kahn

In the Japanese garden of Albert Kahn

With lovely bridges, ponds, traditional houses and streaming water …

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Carved stone shrines in the middle of a bamboo forest …

In the Japanese garden of Albert Kahn

In the Japanese garden of Albert Kahn

Another seasonal attraction are the Camellias blooming through the many paths around the Japanese garden.

Camellias in bloom a the Albert Kahn gardens

Camellias in bloom a the Albert Kahn gardens

And I could spend all day in this zen garden surrounded by fabulous camellias

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