The roses have just peaked this week, but the sweltering heat of the past few days has already wilted quite a few. So I made a point of getting over to the Jardin des Plantes to see their beautiful rose garden before it was too late. The last time I had visited was in February, and the garden was a huge, muddy construction site. The works still aren't finished (supposedly by the end of summer), but there's plenty to see and smaller crowds.
The Rose Garden is made up of a long alley with rose-covered archways.
One of the stunning specimens.
The Botanical Garden is still open (the Alpine Garden is only open weekdays).
This tiny little froggy in the Botanical Garden was making a lot of noise (looking for a gal froggy).
Many of the alleys of trees remain open. Here you can see where new trees have been planted to replace ones lost during the heat wave of 2003.
The historic greenhouses (this one from the 1920s) are also being renovated.
The central area (where there are usually gorgeous flower beds) is closed; they are installing automatic water systems, finally!
The gardens are open 7:30am until 8pm through September. The Menagerie (zoo), snack stands and the Natural History Museum remain open during construction.