Jardins, Jardin Show, Paris, 2011

Following hot on the heels of the Chelsea Flower Show, this year's Jardins, Jardin was bubbling with exciting show gardens and products. Set in the Tuileries, in the heart of Paris - Jardins, Jardin is dedicated to the trends of urban garden and exterior design. The location is breathtakingly beautiful and the show is full of innovative products, furniture and accessories, many of which are showcased as prototypes ensuring visitors get to see these before they hit the shops. The show, now in its eight year, is a must for stylish urban gardeners and designers who want to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Entering the show, I made my way up the stairs to visit Laurent-Perrier's garden designed by landscape architect Nicolas Gilsoul. Evoking the ways in which a special glass of champagne awakens a certain sensibility, the garden - rather like 3-dimentional piece of artwork - was arresting in its simplicity. The clean lines, mirrored surfaces, swathes of pale, highly-scented roses, were combined to great effect.

But rather than describe at length, I've included my snapshots, which I hope will give a greater sense of quite how special the garden was and the impact on visitors. I've also included highlights of the accessories, furniture and installations that caught my eye throughout the rest of the show. I hope you find as much pleasure in them as I did.

Laurent-Perrier's Garden of Remembrance designed by Nicolas Gilsoul:



Set in the Tuileries, the show is wonderfully civilised with plenty to see and some nice-looking places to drop in for a tea, or should that be coffee, break.

Interesting seating:


A horticultural feast...

High-rise chicken house, and growing station (model, centre and the real thing on far right):


Instant hedging ideas:
Decorative metal birds:

Nylon mesh planters:

Tap, water reserve and hose storage derriere (central picture):

A new take on green walls:

Chicken wire plant protection and high-rise strawberry container:
And finally, a shot I couldn't resist as I left the show and wandered through the Tuileries...

If you'd like further details of this year's show visit www.jardinsjardin.com, where you'll also find details of next year's dates event once confirmed. As soon as we hear, we'll also list the dates on the diary pages of Gardens Illustrated website.

Blog by Juliet Roberts, editor








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