The French never fully took to the Capability Brown of light hand landscaping aka the "English Garden", and when the time came to kick the high artifice of Versailles-type landscape management into... Read More
The French never fully took to the Capability Brown of light hand landscaping aka the "English Garden", and when the time came to kick the high artifice of Versailles-type landscape management into the, well, long grass, they opted for an only slightly less mannered style.
The Buttes-Chaumont park (nearest Metro stations: Botzaris or Butte-Chaumont) with its grottoes, willfully picturesque bridges and artificial waterfalls is a good example for that style, a sort of rococo gardening.
It is also the most culturally vibrant park of the city, with many publicly funded concerts and other events, and since it is located in the multicultural but financially hard-up 19th arrondissement, there is always some sort of activity going on that would, in wealthier areas, happen behind closed doors: Muslim girls in their hijabs playing Badminton, families gathering for large open-air reunions, workers from near-by offices enjoying their all-too-short lunch breaks in the sun.
It is a park that, far more than the grand Jardin du Luxembourg and the sullenly formal Parc Monceau, really belongs to the people of Paris – not to forget their dogs. (No other Parisian park allows dogs in.)