My two favorite times of year to walk through the Tuileries Garden are spring and fall. Both seasons mark a beginning and end as the leaves come and go. I felt inspired to share photos from previous springs in this beloved Parisian garden. Next year, spring in the Tuileries will be that much more special.
The History of the Tuileries Garden
During the Middle Ages, the land where the garden is today was used to manufacture tiles. “Tuile” means tile in French, and a “tuilerie” is a tile factory. In 1564, Catherine de Medici built the Palais de Tuileries (which burned in 1871) and created the gardens at the same time. In 1664, famed French landscape architect André Le Nôtre redesigned the gardens. His work has stood the test of time as the Tuileries is still a favorite destination of both Parisians and visitors alike.
Inside the gardens there are plenty of places to relax and enjoy being outdoors. There are also two museums and numerous cultural events that take place throughout the year. Musée de l’Orangerie, a fabulous small impressionist and post-impressionist museum, is especially known for the eight large Water Lillies panels by Claude Monet. The Jeu de Paume is a modern and post-modern photography and media museum.
The Tuileries Garden in Spring
The Tuileries is one of my favorite places to enjoy early spring blooms in Paris. Starting in late-February, the pink magnolia trees begin to flower and set off spring in the Tuileries.
In March, leaves start to return to all of the trees and perfectly manicured shrubs and bushes in the French formal garden.
In April, the flower beds and entire garden come alive. The beds are filled with bright beautiful flowers. There’s also a second wave of pink trees with the Judas Tree that blooms around mid-April. From April into the summer and fall the flower beds remain with gorgeous flowers that change with the seasons.
Last spring, I walked through the Tuileries just before it closed for the night. It was like having the entire garden to myself. I imagine that it probably looks similar today, except without the iconic green chairs. The chairs are likely stacked up somewhere, waiting for the day when Parisians and visitors alike can return to enjoy this wonderful haven in the middle of the Paris.