Public Garden: architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel looks after this Garden of Eden

Public Garden: architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel looks after this Garden of Eden

Created in 1746 in a style inspired by Versailles landscape artist Le Nôtre, this was the first garden in France designed from its inception to be open to the public.

Created at the request of the Marquis de Tourney Louis-Urbain Aubert, transformed into a landscaped garden by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, then reconfigured in 1858 under the leadership of the Bordelais landscape architect Louis-Bernard Fischer who gave it the English style it has today, this 'Outstanding Garden of France' houses an arboretum, a library, and a museum of natural history. It offers an ideal spot to study or read amidst magnolias or under willows caressing the expansive green lawn areas, or perhaps while sitting near the large pond - which was excavated in 1856 in the form of a serpentine river - and its three wrought-iron bridges. Stop near the Place du Champ-de-Mars between the Rue Ducaus and Place Longchamp, where you will be able to see the compound's wrought-iron gate in all its glory: some of its sections are actually still original, and are listed historic monuments.

Children can freely run about the entire garden, play ball, ride on swings in the playground, or even have a go on the old merry-go-round, while parents enjoy a moment of respite and a chat on a park bench. However, the shouts of young children as you pass the puppet theatre will undoubtedly draw you to the over-excited crowd of toddlers as they plead, "Watch out Guignol, look behind you!" (In French, of course).

Jardin Public
Cours de Verdun
33000 Bordeaux