The garden surrounding the Cluny Museum was commissioned in 2000 and is a replica of a typical medieval enclosed garden, a hortus conclusus. The plants have all been chosen for their symbolic nature.
For example, red roses that are planted to remind one of the Passion of Christ; the lily of the valley which symbolises the purity of Mary; the violet which evokes her humility and the rose, her love of mankind.
The fruits planted have also been selected for their legendary symbolism: the three part strawberry leaf representing the Trinity and the dovelike flowers of the columbine symbolising the Holy Spirit.
The garden is a beautiful quiet place to spend time away from the noise and busyness of the city.