Visit the arboretum and gardening school of Paris

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Discover the gardens and arboretum of the "Ecole du Breuil" (gardening school) located in the "Bois de Vincennes" of Paris !

  • Location: Bois de Vincennes
  • Duration: 2h30
  • Access by Public Transport: Joinville-le-Pont (RER A)
  • Language: English

Visit the arboretum and gardening school of Paris
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Created in 1867 near Lake Dausmenil, adjoining Joinville-le-Pont, the school in Le Breuil was established in 1936 in the place of the former Faisanderie farm in the Bois de Vincennes.

For the past few years, part of its magnificent gardens have been open to the public, who can now admire a fruticeum, a rose garden, a garden of perennials or a garden of annual flowers and greenhouse plants installed outside in the summer.

In 2013, 6 ha of the school's 9.5 ha of gardens were opened to the public by the City of Paris.


The arboretum was to complete the Breuil school which was to be set up on the other side of the road to the Pyramid in 1936 after having been driven from its original site at St-Mandé by the building of the Colonial Palace during the 1931 exhibition.

The tree plantations, disturbed by the Second World War, were spread out until 1950 in a landscaped park, organized around a central alley near which the conifers are grouped.

Other pathways meander through the site and lead to the different groups of trees, assembled according to their genetic proximity.

Approximately 1200 trees, divided into 108 genera, are present in the arboretum, including a beautiful Siberian elm with an orange trunk and a beautiful Napoleon pine with grey and pink marbled bark.

This vsite is animated by Jacky Libaud, Guide speaker.

The precise meeting point will be communicated to you at the end of the booking (open the attachment that you will receive in your confirmation email).

This guided tour is conducted in English.


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From June 2, 2020, the Explore Paris visits are back in compliance with the current health standards. And some virtual tours are also available.