The Quai de Mégisserie is THE street in central Paris to buy plants and garden supplies. Five or six garden shops are strung along the right bank of the river Seine opposite the imposing building of the Concièrgerie. Above the racks of plants lining the pavements, the Eiffel tower can be glimpsed in the distance. This is a lovely place for a browse on a Sunday afternoon as the shops are open, as are the famous bouquinistes (book sellers), with their stalls along the river.
The shops mainly specialise in traditional window box plants such as perlargoniums, cyclamen and pansies, as the majority of Parisians live in appartments. However there are exceptions with some shops selling shrubs and perennials as well as seeds and bulbs. One of my favorite shops is Bru where the staff are very friendly and helpful. They tell me that they will be stocking David Austin roses from next year as they are big fans. The shop manager was very proud to have been interviewed by Monty Don for his recent BBC2 series on French gardens.
“How much is that doggy in the window?”…. I bet this one won’t be for sale for long! Dotted in between the garden shops are pet shops selling puppies, baby rabbits and budgies.
Over the top of the plants looms the towers of the Concièrgerie. Poor Marie-Antoinette was held here before her execution.
The Quai de Mégisserie is in the 1st arrondissement of Paris and is between the métro stations Pont Neuf (line 7), Chatelet (almost all the lines) and Hotel de Ville (lines 1 and 11). Nearby parks include the Parc de la Tour Saint-Jaques, the gardens of the Palais Royale and the Tuileries Gardens.