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Flowers Planted in a Straight Row in Paris’ Luxembourg Park

Many memories have remained with me from my recent trip to Paris.

One is that I remember the rows of flowers at Luxembourg Park.

The colors stood out and brought a warmth to an otherwise stately, formal setting.

Paris' Luxembourgh Parks's formal flwoer beds
Paris’ Luxembourgh Park’s formal flower beds

Rose Standish Nichols wrote in her English Pleasure Gardens, published in 1902: “A love of flowers is the natural foundation on which to build all gardens, whether formal or informal.”

Certainly the flowers of Luxembourg created a display of that love of flowers.

Though formal, and so different form the natural style of the English garden from the early 1700s, this garden caught a certain magic in its mass planting of these flowers of reds and purples.


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