All You Ever Wanted to Know About Parisian Markets and Agriculture

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Parisian Markets and Agriculture

Do you know how to plant cabbages? This is the interesting question that is being asked at the Parc de Bagatelle, a charming park in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Filled with flowers, small hills and quaint houses, the Parc de Bagatelle is worth the trip just to have a look around. However, until November 4, 2012 visitors to the park can see even more at an exhibition called ‘Savez-vous planter les choux ?’

The event is half exhibition, half journey and is meant to encourage both visitors and inhabitants of Paris to find their green thumbs. The exhibit shows the links between Paris and agriculture, which might surprise some visitors who did not think that the city had a tradition of cultivation.

Photographs take visitors back in time to reveal the history of agriculture in Paris, which includes the covered and open marketplaces that were once found everywhere in the city. Spots like Les Halles and Le Pavillon Baltard were filled with bustling Parisians, and the photographs depict this slice of everyday living in the city. Visitors will also see how these classic markets gave way to the Rungis international market in the 1960s.

Indeed, little by little, the numerous vegetable and fruit markets of Paris diminished through time, and today there remains only about 300 of them. The exhibit puts an emphasis on the fact that these markets form an important part of the agricultural history of Paris, and it is essential to maintain the tradition. In this way, the exhibition ‘Do You Know How to Plant Cabbages?’ shows the role of urban agriculture in the past and future of the city. Guests staying at the Hotel de la Tour Maubourg can discover this and more at the Parc de Bagatelle.

Parc de Bagatelle
Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, 75016
Open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: 5.50 euros