A shared garden

The 19th district of Paris has the largest number of community gardens in the French capital: 19 out of a total of 80. Managed by local community associations, these cooperative gardens are a place to meet, playing an important role in improving human relations within the neighborhood.

Located at 57 Avenue de Flandre, La Serre aux Légumes (“vegetable greenhouse”) is a community garden which can be glimpsed behind the gates. Its micro conservation spaces welcome biodiversity. The garden is home to a pond for aquatic wildlife and an “insect hotel” among the vegetable plots. Public events and activities are organized, for example during the Garden Festival in late September. Two associations which

are members of the Main Verte( green fingers) program look after this garden.

Hidden gardens

At the heart of the Tanger-Maroc buildings (entrance 49 ter av. de Flandre) which were constructed in the 1960s hides a public garden. The Tanger-Maroc Garden is accessible via the Passage Marcel-Landowski. This garden has been commended for its ecological management, and is shaded by remarkable giant redwoods (Sequoiadendron giganteum). These ornamental trees were imported to Europe from the USA in the 19th century. Redwoods can reach 30 to 50 metres (98 to 168 feet) in height. They are also notable for their thick, spongy bark.

Behind the beech hedge is the “Colors and Scents Garden”; a collective, educational garden managed by a very active local community in the 19th district. This community works towards the embellishment of local life. As part of the gardening and biodiversity program, an insect spiral will be created, with the help of local children and adults. This new type of community garden is part of the green fingers program set up by the City of Paris.

A mosaic of connected green spaces

The shared green spaces and neighborhood gardens are connected by a double row of lime trees in the Avenue de Flandre. These links between green spaces create a pathway, facilitating wildlife movement and encouraging wild flora in Paris.

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