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The tropical garden tour is like travelling in totally different worlds, from Indochina with temples and lush vegetation to North Africa with differents pavilions from Tunisia, Morocco, through Congo, Madagascar and many more.
This agronomic tropical garden, located on the edge of the "Bois de Vincennes" in Paris Nogent, offers an exotic and bucolic walk in an area known by few and walked through even less. The tour will uncover this garden’s very unique history. Indeed, when it opened at the end of the 19th century, it, with over 5 hectares of land, represented a synthesis of the French Empire. All the cultures of the former French colonial empire were represented in this space.
In addition to the rich and varied vegetation, the remains of the colonial exhibition of 1907 are scattered around the garden. A set of pavilions symbolize the various components of the French Empire. While some are derelict, others have been beautifully restored in alush green setting, and denote a quaint charm.
An overview of the French colonial past is planned throughout the walk to put the 1907 exhibition in context and will be extended to other monuments dedicated to the dead soldiers from various parts of the Empire during the First World War.
Beyond the vestiges of the colonial exhibition, at the edge of the park, the tropical agronomic garden is a living and cultural area where people can wander around and relax on the grass. Some buildings are used by a local association, which demonstrates to visitors its permaculture production techniques of organically produced fruits and vegetables in the surrounding greenhouses. All of the products are for sale and others are even made into tarts or soups, which are also available for visitors to taste there and then!
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