Three Incredible Parisian Gardens as seen on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live

Posted on: August 19, 2015 | Written By: Doug Oster | Comments

I spent a week in Paris leading a tour of the gardens in and around the city. I was joined by a wonderful group to see what the gardens had to offer.

Luxembourg gardens holds a special place in my heart as my family and I stayed near the gardens for a week five years ago. We spent every day in this special place. Not only is it an amazing garden, it’s a place for locals just to hang out. When our group visited on a Tuesday afternoon, the vibe sure felt like a quiet Sunday morning.

This beautiful sculpture from the 1800's greats visitors at one entrance to the park.

This beautiful sculpture from the 1800’s greats visitors at one entrance to the park. Photos by Doug Oster Tribune Review

 

Yes, it's Tuesday afternoon in Luxembourg Gardens, but it sure feels like a Sunday.

Yes, it’s Tuesday afternoon in Luxembourg Gardens, but it sure feels like a Sunday.

Seeing Claude Monet’s Giverny is a once in a lifetime experience. To walk around the famous Lily Pond was amazing. Monet painted many of his masterpieces at the pond.

The lily pond at Claude Monet's Giverny in France was the subject of many of his iconic impressionistic paintings.

The Lily Pond at Claude Monet’s Giverny in France was the subject of many of his iconic impressionistic paintings.

Quite frankly, there’s nothing like the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Nearly 2000 acres of pristine gardens are astounding. One of the things that makes the gardens so magical are the groves which flank each side of the main ally. Each one is filled with new surprises.

The gardens of Versailles cover over 200 acres. The estate itself is over 2000 acres.

The gardens of Versailles cover nearly 2000 acres.

The gardens of Versailles are filled with annual close to the palace. Photos by Doug Oster Tribune Review

The gardens of Versailles are filled with annual close to the palace.

I believe this is Nicotiana sylvestris, a type of flowering tobacco. It was planted all through formal beds in the first garden I toured.

I believe this is Nicotiana sylvestris, a type of flowering tobacco. It was planted all through formal beds in the first garden I toured.

Outside the gates of Versailles, rowboats can be rented. The palace is in the background.

Outside the gates of Versailles, rowboats can be rented. The palace is in the background.

 

 

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Doug Oster is manager and editor of Everybody Gardens with a passion for gardening and a love of sharing is experiences with other gardeners. You will also find Doug’s gardening contributions in the Tribune-Review each week. He’s an Emmy Award winning producer, television host and writer. Oster is co-host of The Organic Gardeners Radio show every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Oster’s Outstanding Documentary Emmy was awarded for Gardens of Pennsylvania, a one hour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. Doug appears every Thursday morning on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today live at 9 a.m. “Gardening is fun, he says, enjoy every day spent outside tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees.”