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Admiring the Parisian flora France
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Away from the banks of the Seine, you'll find plenty of other places dotted around the city which are great for familiarising yourself with the nature of the capital.
The most obvious places to look are, of course, the city's gardens, which include the Nouveau Jardin in the 10th arrondissement and the Jardin Saint-Vincent in the 18th arrondissement, both of which are devoted to the preservation and reinstatement of natural environments.
The Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne woods are also great places to admire wild orchids. Since 1980, seven different varieties have been noted, from the oval-leafed 'ophrys abeille' to the broad-leafed 'ophrys bouc'.
These woods are also home to nearly 18 varieties of fern, three of which are protected, whilst others can be found at the Ecole de Breuil laboratory.
It might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about Parisian vegetation, but even the city's railways provide a habitat for over 450 plant species, including clover, tomatoes, primroses, vines, fig trees and opium poppies, among others.
Other unlikely places you might not have thought of include Père Lachaise Cemetery, where you'll find some 330 species (3 of which are protected), areas of wasteland, building façades and rooftops.

Admiring the Parisian flora

Admiring the Parisian flora , Nature and cemeteries , France
Nature and cemeteries

In Paris, nature works its way in wherever it can, turning cemeteries into parks.

© Ottfried Schreiter / age fotostock
Admiring the Parisian flora , The Jardin des Tuileries , France
The Jardin des Tuileries

Both diverse and well maintained, the park has a plethora of plant life to be discovered.

© Martin Siepmann/ age fotostock
Admiring the Parisian flora , On the paths of the Jardin des Tuileries , France
On the paths of the Jardin des Tuileries

Every park and garden in Paris has its own identity and plants species.

© Fabrice Queyreyre
Admiring the Parisian flora , A stroll in the Jardin des Tuileries , France
A stroll in the Jardin des Tuileries

Covering nearly 70 acres, the Jardin des Tuileries is the biggest park in Paris.

© Fabrice Queyreyre
Admiring the Parisian flora , The Jardin des Tuileries in winter , France
The Jardin des Tuileries in winter

In the spring and autumn, up to 70,000 plants and bulbs from Saint Cloud are planted in the Jardin des Tuileries.

© Fabrice Queyreyre
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