|The large, elegant Roseraie is a small
corner of the Jardin de Bagatelle, itself a corner of the Bois de Boulogne
on the west edge of Paris. When I visited the garden in
1996, there was not a bud out of place, no hint that anything could ever
droop, die, or crawl on six legs. First opened in 1905, the Bagatelle lets
rare old rose varieties flirt with handsome new ones; to see all 11,000 bushes at
their best, go in early June.
From behind Gare du Nord, take bus 43 to Neuilly/Pl.
de Bagatelle & walk 1/2 mile; or or from Porte Maillot, Bus 244, which
goes through the park.