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This garden, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, and off the Promenade Plantée which I have previously written about, was an explosion of colour when I visited in summer last year.

 All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

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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.

My courtyard at home is super sweet. Being greeted by a chicken as you enter is a rarity in Paris.

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