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Public Garden: architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel's Garden of Eden


This French garden, created in 1746 in a style inspired by Versailles gardener Le Nôtre, was the first garden in France designed from its inception to be open to the public.

Transformed into a landscaped garden and restored in 1858 under the leadership of the Bordelais landscape architect LB Fischer who gave it the English style it has today, this ‘Outstanding Garden of France' houses an arboretum, a library,and a museum of natural history. It offers an ideal spot to educate yourself or read a book amidst magnolias or under willows caressing the expansive green lawn areas, or perhaps while sitting near the large pond, built in 1856 in the form of a serpentine river. Three of the contemporary bridges of the basin are wrought iron, like the grille of the original listed building.

Children can freely run about, play ball, ride on swings in the playground, or even ride the old merry-go-round, while parents enjoy a moment of respite and a chat on a park bench, or have a drink on the terrace of L'Orangerie. The shouts of young children as you pass the puppet theatre will undoubtedly draw you to the over-excited crowd of toddlers as they plead, ‘Watch out Guignol, look behind you!' (in French, of course).

Jardin Public
Cours de Verdun
33000 Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 56 10 20 30

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