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A little flashback to Paris last August.

     All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

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Continuing on from Part I and my initial Paris post, here is Part Deux where we have an amazing vertical garden, a little trip to a friends place in Orleon, and some super cute kittens that I shared my room with.

Photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

I wrote about The Garden Edit store back in February but they have since launched The Garden Edit Journal which is definitely worth a look. Here are two gardens they have posted about which are truly inspiring.

Carlo Scarpa photographed by Arianna Lago.

Princess of Wales Conservatory photographed by India Hobson.

It’s been a busy month! Some pals leaving on great adventures, others coming to stay and wedding season thrown in too. I’m beginning to plan more of my own flower work for next year and getting excited about all that will hold.

One of my favourite Frenchies is here at the moment which reminded me that I still have plenty of photos to share from Paris.

Endless delicious meals cooked by Angele and Olive.

Visits to the Marché Aux Fleurs in the middle of the city.

One of my favourite galleries, Fondation Cartier with its rambling landscapes and impressive green wall above the entrance.

La Recyclerie, a new cafe near my sisters work where we often met for lunch. It’s located in a former railway station, is super laid back and they even have their own mini farm and vegetable garden.

And other random wanderings through the streets and a cat adventure…

More to come soon. All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

I met these guys last week when they were installing a green wall at OzHarvest‘s new Sydney warehouse/ office. I love their philosophy for urban gardens – that they should be both edible and medicinal, along with bountiful and beautiful. Check out some of their work below at Kitchen by Mike and Three Blue Ducks. They’ve also just launched their website so be sure to check it out here.

All images from Urban Growers.

One of the first gardens I visited on my recent trip to Paris, the Promenade Plantée runs 4.7 km between Opera Bastille and the bois de Vincennes. It’s built on an old railway line reminiscent of New York’s High Line. It’s a tranquil trail with an amazing rose collection and beautiful views down Parisian boulevards.

  

All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

Located in the marais, the Jardin des Rosiers – Joseph-Mignaret has been accessible via the Maison de l’Europe for some time, but only recently have they opened up the rue des Rosier entrance, meaning it was a completely new find for me in a neighbourhood I thought I was quite familiar with. I am sure there are so many gardens like it in Paris, hiding just out of view.

The garden is named after Joseph Mignaret, a local teacher dedicated to the Resistance during the war. After 165 of his Jewish students were deported (none were to survive) he became active in the underground network assisting Jews escape deportation to the camps. He has since been honoured as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

It’s a beautiful garden filled with birch, green walls, apple espalier and a thriving vegetable patch. A fitting memorial to Mignaret.

  

Entry via 10 rue des Rosier or through the Maison de l’Europe, 35-37 rue des Francs-Bourgeois.

It’s been a big couple of weeks since I arrived back in Australia. Ten hours after I touched down I was flying again up to Port Douglas for the wedding of the lovely Lucy and Nick and a long weekend away with my family. Hanging with my gorgeous baby nephew and soaking up the tropical sun completely evaporated any possible post Paris sadness. Now I’m back to work with Jardine, ChrisThe Glue Society, my own flower jobs, and another project I’ll tell you more about later for a crazy busy rest of year. Perhaps it’s a little corny but Paris always leaves me feeling energised and inspired for what’s yet to come.

So to Paris. I booked my ticket a week before I flew and left my visit a surprise from my sister. When she saw me at our regular Sunday cafe spot there was a lot of love and jumping around and a smile that lasted on both our faces for my entire trip. Over the couple of weeks I was there friends trickled home from their August holidays and it was such a pleasure to catch up with each and every one of them. Special mention goes to my French Family: Angele, Robinson, Pierre, Francois, Pauline, Emile, Flo, and friends Etienne, Charlotte, Monsieur Floch, Marietta, Artus, Jade, and Rebecca along with the visiting Aussies Luke, Mike, Kitty, Jamie and Monty. And of course my actual sister Olive. Love you, miss you loads already.

Here are some pics from my first day in Paris, wandering from the Marché d’Aligre through the marais, Place des Vosges and then a friend’s rooftop bar, le Perchoir. More photos to come of a few French gardens, a wedding in Croatia, and a quick pit stop in London.

 

All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

Horticultured Cities explores urban and community gardens across 15 different countries. With photographs by Finnish photographer Maija Astikainen and an essay by German researcher Aischa Berg, the book launches August 21 at Omenapuutalo in Helskini. Check out Maija’s website for more details.

    All images by Maija Astikainen.

Great Dixter is one of the most special quintessentially English gardens, created by horticultural extraordinaire Christopher Lloyd, and now lovingly maintained by head gardener Fergus Garrett and this team. It’s not the first time his garden has found its way onto these here online pages. (Check out a Vogue shoot starring Georgia May Jagger set in the garden here.) But here it is again this time in the guise of a film from NOWNESS, created by photographer and filmmaker Howard Sooley as part of their new Great Gardens series.

Other films from the series, the Tresco Abbey Garden and the Ford Ranch are also well worth a watch.

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