A visit to Roseraie de Bagatelle for this gardener and rose lover was a dream come true. This glorious garden with its roses in full bloom was a sight to behold, with 10,000 rose bushes covering over 1000
different rose species.
The rose garden in Parc de Bagatelle is embedded deep within the Bois de Bologne, a huge public park
on the western side of Paris, that in times gone served as hunting ground for the Kings of France.
The garden is part of a small estate that was created as the result of a whimsical wager between Queen
Marie Antoinette and her brother in law , the Count of Artois. Marie Antoinette bet that a chateau and grounds could not be built in less than three months but they were completed in 64 days, quite an achievement .
Along with the powder pink chateau and orangerie , there’s a pale blue pagoda , many fountains,
grottoes, a pretty lily pond and show off peacocks. Well worth a visit .
A little bit of trivia, the word ” bagatelle” means a trifle or little decorative nothing , a term I must use more.
Peonies, as well as roses were in bloom at the time I visited, I really was in floral heaven.