The Jardin botanique de Lyon is an impressive botanical garden in the French city of Lyon. It covers 20 acres, near the city center, in the much larger Parc de la Tête d'Or. I walked there, but it is not far from a subway stop. The garden has existed here since 1857, when the park was first established. It is France's largest municipal botanical garden. It is said to have 15,000 plants, with 3,500 species from temperate regions. There are also roses, peonies, alpine plants, water lilies & many plants in greenhouses. The greenhouses cover 70,000 square feet. The largest greenhouse is one of the most impressive of the many greenhouses I've seen. But the beds of perennials & shrubs, laid out in concentric circles, was the most interesting part for me, as a gardener. This botanical garden is a must for people who love plants & visit Lyon.
Lyon Confluence is a remarkable example of urban renewal at the old Port of Lyon. It is comparable to South Lake Union in Seattle, the Pearl District in Portland OR & other redeveloped urban industrial sites. The architecture here is bolder than in any other place I have seen. This was the part of Lyon I found most attractive & interesting. When it’s done, Lyon Confluence will double the size of the central residential area of Lyon. The waterfront is more accessible here than in other parts of Lyon, which has grown up along the banks of the Rhône and Saône Rivers since the arrival of the Romans. Place Nautique brings the Saône River to the center of the residential & commercial area with apartment buildings on one side & a shopping mall on the other. Most of Lyon Confluence is less than 400 yards from water. Parc de la Saône was built along the river, replacing a busy road with a 35-acre park designed by landscape architect Michel Desvigne. It has separate paths for cyclists & pedestrians along with gardens & ponds that encourage & mimic nature. Eventually it will be possible to walk or bike for miles along the Saône River, around the tip of the Confluence & then along the Rhône River. Discussion of the redevelopment began in 1998 & work began in 2003. Lyon Confluence is expected to be completed in 2020.
This blog began in 2008 as Metropolitan Gardens to provide information on gardening in Seattle & places like it. Click on Gardening in Cascadia. The blog expanded to include Parks P-Patches Public Gardens in the US, Canada & Europe. Then Nature was added. (The difference between nature & gardens is intent. Nature happens. Gardens are planned.) Many recent posts are not about Seattle, or even Cascadia. They are Urban Landscape: streetscape & architecture. Cascadia is the region including the Cascade Mountains of Washington & Oregon. If you want to contact the blogger, leave a message in comments. Comments are moderated & private messages will not be posted.
The city of Seattle rests between 2 bodies of water: Puget Sound & Lake Washington. Puget Sound is a substantial part of the Salish Sea & a very small part of the Pacific Ocean. The Salish Sea is set apart from the Pacific by the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington & Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia. The dense, wet clouds of the Pacific Ocean travel as far as the Cascade Mountains, near the Salish Sea & not very far from the ocean. East of the Cascades lies the desert of the Columbia Basin. The moist, temperate climate of Seattle extends south to northern California & north to southeastern Alaska. The Pacific Northwest Coast from San Francisco Bay to Cook Inlet shares a flora dominated by evergreen coniferous forest. The central portion, west of the Cascade Mountains, is called Cascadia. The climate is cool & wet from fall to spring, warm & dry in summer. The Olympic Mountains block Seattle from much of the Pacific rainfall. Seattle is drier than the Atlantic coast of North America & northern Europe, cooler in summer & warmer in winter. It lies near the latitude of Paris & Quebec City.