Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil — Paris

The elegant dome of the tropical greenhouse of Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil peers at us through a veil of big fat snowflakes and the symmetry, faded turquoise colour of the framework and the sheer number of glass roofs here make is like something from a fairytale - or perhaps plucked straight from a Wes Anderson film. 

We lost count of the number of glasshouses that make up the 19th century range; we passed houses of bromeliads, cacti, palms and ferns before reaching the entrance to the main hall that houses plants from tropical climates and the most French of all things, an aviary full of chattering birds. 

Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris

Probably our favourite aspect of this visit were the snippets of life we saw from the outside; foliage squished up against the glass, reminiscent of Renaissance paintings or a botanical take on the rainy day captures of American photographer Saul Leiter. If you're not familiar with his work then we recommend looking here. 

Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris

Inside and sheltered from the snow we found a sea of green in front of us wherever we turned; there is no reception desk or facilities as such but a) there's no charge for admission and b) it means the experience is free-flow and we are left to our own devices, something we love when visiting anywhere. 

The green here is a little deeper and a little more blue-toned than the more centrally-located Jardin des Plantes. 

Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil - Paris
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.

This place really is extensive and we couldn't possibly share every image that we took - I reckon we could make a book just dedicated to this glasshouse alone...

Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil in Paris by Haarkon.

Visit the Paris Info website to learn about opening times. Entrance is FREE.