A Mid-March Walk in the Parks of Toulouse

It is open to question if Toulouse could be considered a leafy city; in my opinion no! Its urban design still follows very much the medieval plans of narrow, winding and many times labyrinthine streets, bordered by ancient houses.
The southwest of the center of Toulouse is however an exception, it having not one but 3 fairly large interconnected parks: “Jardin des Plantes”, “Jardin de Grand Rond” and “Jardin Royal” (in descending order of their size!).

The first to be created was the “Jardin de Grand Rond”, it dates from the middle of the 18th century. It is a large roundabout of about 200 meters in diameter and comprises various tree species like elms, lindens, sycamores, remarkable cedars…
The garden is situated 1.4 km southwest of Capitole Square.
Address: Grand Rond Rond-Point Boulingrin
Metro station: François Verdier

Grand Rond park fountain
Grand Rond park fountain
Grand Rond park entrance
Grand Rond park entrance
Grand Rond park bandstand
Grand Rond park bandstand
Grand Rond park statue
Grand Rond park statue
Grand Rond park
Grand Rond park

“Jardin des Plantes” is a 7ha ancient botanic garden. It was created in 1794 by naturalist Philippe de Lapeyrouse and became a public garden in 1887. It features around 100 different plant species inherited from its botanical garden past. The garden lies on the site of what was in the 17th century the Domain of Frescaty – property of the Canal du Midi builder Pierre-Paul de Riquet, who died here on the 1st of October 1680.
The garden is situated 1.7 km southwest of Capitole Square.
Address: Allée Frédéric Mistral
Metro station: Palais de Justice

Jardin des plantes Toulouse statue
Jardin des plantes Toulouse statue
Jardin des plantes Toulouse statue
Jardin des plantes Toulouse statue
Jardin des plantes Toulouse
Jardin des plantes Toulouse
Jardin des plantes Toulouse
Jardin des plantes Toulouse
Statue of Pierre Paul Riquet in Jardin des Plantes
Statue of Pierre Paul Riquet in Jardin des Plantes

In the other end of the city center, in its northwest part, a oasis of tranquility in the form of a Japanese garden was created in 1982. It models the medieval gardens of Tokyo and Kyoto and is recognized as a national “Jardin remarquable”(“Remarkable Garden”).
The garden is situated 1km northwest of Capitole Square
Address: Jardin Compans Caffarelli Boulevard Lascrosses
Metro station: Compans Caffarelli

Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden

*Pictures were taken in mid-march 2017

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