Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden in France. It is one of seven departments of the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle. It is situated in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, on the left bank of the river Seine and covers 28 hectares.
Founded in 1626, the garden was not planted by Guy de La Brosse, Louis XIII's physician, until 1635 as a medicinal herb garden. It was originally known as the Jardin du Roi. In 1640 it opened to the public. After a period of decline, Jean-Baptiste Colbert took administrative control of the gardens. The Comte de Buffon became the curator in 1739 and he expanded the gardens greatly.
The grounds of the Jardin des Plantes includes four galleries of the Muséum: the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, the Mineralogy Museum, the Paleontology Museum and the Entomology Museum. In addition to the gardens there is also a small zoo.
The Jardin des Plantes maintains a botanical school. About 4500 plants are arranged. Three hectares are devoted to horticultural displays of decorative plants. An Alpine garden has 3000 species with world-wide representation. Specialized buildings, such as a large Art Deco winter garden, and Mexican and Australian hothouses display regional plants, not native to France. The Rose Garden, created in 1990, has hundreds of species of roses and rose trees.
Address: 57 rue Cuvier, Paris
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If you are into flowers/plants
Doreen111-13 , Paris, France, 2015-05-17
Getting in takes ages. Slow service, no option to buy tickets online up-front. Inside-tour: 4 themes guiding you from tropical garden to desert. Nice but nothing fancy. Go only there if you into... read full review
Very pretty and nice variety
ADayOrTwo , Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2015-05-12
There are beautiful gardens scattered throughout this space, with a nice mix of natural, formal, and botanic for education. Absolutely worth a visit if you like gardens, but not worth seeking out if... read full review
Lovely park for a stroll
Elise G , Boston, Massachusetts, 2015-05-05
The Jardin was very close to the apartment we rented so we went frequently. It is a beautiful horticultural park with a small zoo. read full review
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    Ne passez pas sans admirer les pandas roux depuis l'extérieur de la ménagerie

  • Léa, 03-09-2014

    Parc génial pour se promener, certains animaux sont même accessibles sans passer par la ménagerie

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    Очень красивый, уютный, цветущий парк! Отличный отдых для всей семьи. И, не очень большой, но хороший зоопарк с уникальной парой красных панд, и в целом, счастливыми, упитанными, чистыми питомцами.

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    Очень красивый сад со множеством разнообразных насаждений; внутри также находится зоопарк, который порадует животными, земноводными и птицами со всего мира (в зоо вход платный)

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