In a city known for its beautiful parks and gardens, a school dedicated to horticulture and arboriculture has been working to spread its knowledge to both professionals and amateurs of the gardening world. The school was founded in 1867 by Alphonse Du Breuil, a French botanist who wrote many highly regarded publications on various topics such as viticulture, agriculture and botany.
Opening a school enabled Du Breuil to share his vision with the next generation of gardeners. In fact, the École Du Breuil was established with the mission to maintain a steady supply of talented gardeners to look after Paris and the surrounding area. Today, the school welcomes around 300 students per year, who train to become professional gardeners, technicians and managers in the field of urban agriculture.
Until very recently, the school’s grounds were private, and visits from the outside public were not allowed. Now, however, the school’s grounds have been opened to the public so that visitors can also enjoy this massive 230,000 square meter plot of land. On the grounds, observers can see numerous plant specimens from among the school’s 6,000 different botanical species.
Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier will find the École Du Breuil in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. In addition to its English garden and rose garden, visitors will be amazed by the school’s collection of 800 small trees. Those who wish to learn more about botany can even get lost in the school’s library, which gives access to 6,000 recent works and 7,000 older works in specialized botanical and agricultural fields.
The school grounds have been open to the public since July 2013 and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. Therefore, visitors to Paris can spend some time learning about botany and witnessing the results of the region’s most talented gardeners.
École Du Breuil
Route de La Ferme, 75012 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 66 14 00