Roses from Paris, great detail about the history of a rose garden and how it enhanced cultural activities over 100 years ago!

Garden, Travel, Photo Journal

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…

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