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The Roseraie du Val-de-Marne in l'Ha˙-les-Roses (also known as the Roseraie de l'Ha˙) is surely one of the great rose gardens of the world, yet it is not mentioned in most guidebooks. Jules Gravereaux started the garden in 1894. It now contains some 15,000 bushes representing 3,500 varieties, many trained on pillars, arbors, and garlands. Although there is something blooming all season, the best time to visit is in early June when  mighty once-blooming ramblers cover the sky in shades of rose.

To get to the garden from Paris, take the RER B line to Bourg-la-Reine and bus 192, or take the Métro to Porte d'Italie and bus 186 (286 on holidays). roseraie.jpg (52055 bytes)
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The Roseraie is open from mid-May to mid-September, 10 am to 8:30 pm. Admission is 10F. There is a cafe on the grounds. For the seatless toilet, bring a flashlight.

Roseraie du Val-de-Marne
rue Albert Watel
94240 L'Hay-les-Roses
tel. (1) &
photos by Mary Ann Daly
last edited August 18, 2000
While in Paris, take another detour to heaven:

Roseraie de Bagatelle


Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly