Chateau de Sceaux
Chateau de Sceaux is situated in the department of Haut-de-Seine. In the "Domaine de Sceaux" there is a Castle, L'Orangerie, Le Pavillon de Hanovre, Le Pavillon de l’Aurore & a Petit Chateau. The 225 hectares garden includes a Grand Canal of 1140m & Le bassin de l’Octogone.
Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Minister of Louis X1V bought this domain in 1670. He engaged Andre Le Notre, landscape architect of the King to design the garden. Later Marquis de Seignelay, the eldest son of Colbert commissioned Jules Hardouin-Mansart, architect of the King to design the orangerie & the fountains.
Today the castle houses a museum. The magnificent garden popularly known as "Parc de Sceaux" is the best place for strolling, jogging & cycling. In spring the park is carpeted with daffodils & later with magnificent cherry blossoms. 150 Pink cherry trees (Prunus serrulata) are planted in the Northern bosquet & 100 white ones (Prunus avium) in the Southern bosquet. This is the venue of the Hanami Spring Festival of the Japanese community in Paris.