Pavillon Davioud in Jardin du Luxembourg
The Davioud Pavillion was constructed and named after the architect back in the 1860s and is located within the Luxembourg Gardens, and now home to a school of horticulture, plus the setting for the annual honey festival, this is just one of the many tourist attractions to be found within the gardens.
About the Pavillon Davioud in Paris
It was the Inspector General for architectural works and the chief architect for parks and fountains in Paris during the transformation under Baron Haussmann, who came up with the design for the ornate pavilion located in the Jardin du Luxembourg.
And constructed in 1867, it was named after Gabriel Davioud, which was at the same time as the Avenue de l’Observatoire and the Jardin des Grands Explorateurs was being laid out with the impressive Fontaine de l’Observatoire, also known as the Fontaine des Quatre Parties du Monde, that was also designed by Davioud in conjunction with Jean Baptiste Carpeaux.
Originally the Pavillon Davioud was a coffee shop, but then became home to a beekeeping school and a horticultural school, and today, every year it plays host to lectures from the beekeeping society, courses on horticulture and the annual honey festival.
And this small ornate building has now been classified as an historical monument in Paris, just like some of this architects other works, such as the Fontaine Saint-Michel.
About the Ecole d’Horticulture at the Pavillon Davioud
Incredibly the Jardin du Luxembourg Horticultural School, called the Ecole d’Horticulture in French, was first established back in 1809 by the Minister of the Interior on the site of the Carthusian nursery, which is a part of the Luxembourg Gardens that remains intact from centuries before.
There are set courses organised each year, which, as you would expect, are in the French language, and taught by the employees of the Conservation des Jardins du Luxembourg Pavillon Davioud, these are completely free to attend. However, the horticulture courses are very popular and places are limited, so you do have to book well in advance, sometimes a year or so ahead.
About the Apiary and the Honey Festival at the Davioud Pavilion
A bee house is known as an Apiary in English, or Rucher in French, and incredibly there has been a beekeeping house and school at the Jardin du Luxembourg since 1856. And although there are far fewer apiaries in Paris than there were many decades ago, the art of beekeeping is thriving once more, so you can get to see antique bee houses along with more modern ones within the garden.
In fact, a beekeeper by the name of Jean Pauchon, installed a beehive on the roof of the Palais Garnier, which is the ornate Opera House in Paris, and he realised that even though they were in a city, they were thriving exceedingly well. And a part of this reason, is due to the fact that there is an abundance of different flora in a completely pesticide free environment within all the parks and gardens in Paris.
This means that the beehives within the Jardin du Luxembourg are also thriving with the abundance of trees and flowers dotted all over these impressive gardens, and as of 2015, it is Jean Pouchon who has been running beekeeping classes at the Pavillon Davioud, known as the Ecole Rucher.
But in addition to these, every year there is a Honey Festival, called the Fete du Miel, which is held at the Davioud Pavilion each September, and lasting approximately two days towards the end of the month, you can taste and purchase honey.
Although, this annual event that has been running since the 19th century, has become so popular meaning the unique produce available from this garden in Paris often runs out way before the event is over.
Visiting the Pavillon Davioud in Paris
Now even if you are not going to attend a course, but still wish to discover the Pavillon Davioud and the Apiary located very close to it, as we have mentioned previously, you will find this historical and ornate building located within the Luxembourg Gardens and it is close to the pedestrian access point on the Rue d’Assas in the 6th Arrondissement.
So when it comes to getting here via public transport in Paris, the nearest Metro station is the Notre-Dame-des-Champs stop serving line 12, or you have the RER line B stop called the Luxembourg stop.
Related information on Pavillon Davioud
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- Photos of Bee Hives
Related information on Luxembourg gardens
- Photos of Jardin du Luxembourg
- Jardin du Luxembourg
- History of Jardin du Luxembourg
- Palais du Luxembourg
- History of Palais du Luxembourg
- Le Petit Luxembourg Palace
- History of Le Petit Luxembourg Palace
- Fontaine Medicis
- Fontaine de Leda
- Theatre des Marionnettes du Jardin du Luxembourg
- Eugene Delacroix water fountain
- Musee du Luxembourg
- History of Musee du Luxembourg
- Jardin des Grands Explorateurs
- Jardin Marco Polo
- Fontaine des Quatre Parties du Monde
- Jardin Robert Cavelier de la Salle
- L’Orangerie du Jardin du Luxembourg
- Photos Rose Garden
- Photos of flowers in Luxembourg Gardens
Address and Contact Details
Conservation des Jardins du Luxembourg
64 Boulevard Saint-Michel
Ile de France
Horticulture Course Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 34 23 62
Tourist attractions close by
- Musee Zadkine
- Musee du Service de Sante des Armees
- The Pantheon
- La Closerie des Lilas
- Musee Curie
- Maison d’Auguste Comte
- Musee de Cluny
- Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain
- Catacombes de Paris
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