Le Jardin des Plantes; a Paris garden

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Le Jardin des Plantes is a botanical garden situated in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, near to the Grande Mosquée de Paris.

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The garden covers a total of 23.5 hectares and includes a very long garden à la francaise which is filled with different flowering plants from April onwards. This stretches out in front of the impressive 'Grande Galerie de l'Evolution' which is one of the buildings of the Natural History Museum.

This long garden has lots of symmetrical rectangles of grass partly filled with flower beds, shrubs or statues and stretching the full length of this section. The flower beds are planted with seasonal flowers and bulbs to make sure there is always something to enjoy as you walk through the garden.

There are three large greenhouse, one is in an art deco style and contains the winter garden, le jardin d'hiver. This includes climbing plants, bananas and palms amongst others. The mexican greenhouse (see right) and australian greenhouse were both designed by Rohault de Fleury. These too all form part of the Natural History Museum.

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A rose garden was created in 1990 and contains 390 varieties of ancient and modern roses. It has a beautiful walkway covered in rose arches all along its length whilst in the borders next to it the rose borders are filled with colour and scent when the roses are in flower.

An alpine garden displays more than 2000 alpines from around the world. This has a more relaxed less formal layout than much of the gardens and the path meanders around mounds of rocks and earth covered in a display of alpine plants.

The iris and perennial garden has 120 varieties of iris and a large collection of perennials and climbing plants with about 450 different varieties. This garden is particularly lovely in May when the irises are in flower but the other perennials keep the garden interesting until the start of winter when they become dormant.

There is also a potager (vegetable garden), a labyrinth, a garden dedicated to birds and bees and an ecological garden.

The garden has a school of botany where you can see more than 4000 plants grouped together by family.

Whilst the above information is all correct I have to say that during our visit in 2015 we were very disappointed by the garden. The botanic garden was basically lots of beds of weeds with a few plants struggling to survive amongst them and the large garden in front of the 'Galerie de l'Evolution' was one of the least remarkable gardens of all those we viewed walking around the parks and monuments of Paris.

It is quite a walk to get here along one of the least interesting sections of central Paris which made it especially disappointing! Hopefully we just caught it at a bad moment.

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Le Jardin des Plantes Garden Guide

The garden is open every day from 7.30 to 20.00 in the summer and 08.00 to 17.30 in the winter. Admission to the main gardens are free and to the greenhouses costs 6 euros for adults and 4 euros for 4-16 year olds.

There is also a zoo on the site.

The garden is situated in the 5th arrondissement of Paris between the Paris Mosque, the campus of the University of Jussieu and the River Seine.

Address: Jardin des plantes, 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris. The nearest metro is  Austerlitz / Censier.

Gardens to visit nearby

The Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden of France. However there is also The Jardin Botanique de la ville de Paris which is made up of four gardens - the Parc Floral de Paris, the Parc de Bagatelle, l'Arboretum de l'Ecole Du Breuil et le Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil.

Of course if you are a gardening fan and visiting Paris you should definitely not miss the gardens of the Palace de Versailles which is one of the most remarkable gardens in the world. 

You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.

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Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Le Jardin du Luxembourg

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Parc Floral de Paris

Parc Floral de Paris

One of the four gardens making up the botanic garden of Paris and with large collections of rhododendrons and camillias

Parc Floral de Paris guide

Parc Monceau

Parc Monceau

A large park with an Enlish style informal design

Parc Monceau guide

Le Parc de Bagatelle

Le Parc de Bagatelle

The Parc de Bagatelle is one of the four gardens that make up Paris' botanical garden

Le Parc de Bagatelle guide

Jardin Albert Kahn

Jardin Albert Kahn

The Albert-Kahn gardens are particularly known for their Japanese garden.

Jardin Albert Kahn guide

Gardens of the Palace of Versailles

Gardens of the Palace of Versailles

The World-famous gardens of Versaille are simply splendid and are one of the best formal gardens in France.

Gardens of the Palace of Versailles guide