On Thursday 3 June 2010 at the Roseraie, all of the garden’s patrons got together to see the fruits of their partnership with the County.
Members of the Fondation des Parcs et Jardins de France and French Heritage Society arrived at 5.30pm. These lovers of heritage – whether this be botanical, historical or architectural – were able to admire the garden decked out in all its finery : in full flowering season, the Roseraie was embellished with an original display by Isabelle Cros, “Plastic arts”, as well as two exhibitions (“Restoration of the Dome, a look back in pictures over the painstaking job” and “Stroll back in the day of Jules Gravereaux”).
The elected representatives and all of the patrons arrived at 6.30pm and the ceremony got under way : the Fondation des Parcs et Jardins de France unveiled a brand new orientation table in relief, while the French Heritage Society talked about the sculpture renovation. The Fondation du Patrimoine, Fondation Total and Val-de-Marne agency of SCREG Ile-de-France Normandie accompanied the County Council President, Christian Favier, when he cut the ribbon – thus inaugurating the restored dome.
After thanking the patrons, Christian Favier paid tribute to another benefactor of the garden : Michel Germa, former President of the Val-de-Marne County Council, considered the Roseraie to be a “secret garden” and worked hard at maintaining the garden’s collections. The “Michel Germa” rose is dedicated to him : it was planted by its sponsor Allain Leprest, right next to the “André Brunel” rose, named after another fan of the Roseraie.
Under a clear blue sky, the guests were treated to the range of colours, diversity of forms and heady fragrances of the garden’s 3177 roses in all their glory … So many assets to encourage them – we hope – to continue to work together with the Roseraie du Val-de-Marne…