The “Jardin des Plantes” is Paris’ major botanical garden. You can actually also find a size wise modest but interesting zoo here (installed in 1795), but I will refer to that another time.
The botanical garden is old, founded in 1626 as a medicinal herb garden. It was originally called “Le Jardin du Roi” (The King’s Garden) and was opened to public already in 1640.
For most of us, it’s of course a place for walking around, resting.... and watch all the beautiful trees, plants, flowers...
It’s a bit early to visit the part called the Rose Garden, but I discovered a few buds and a first rose!
I didn’t count the number of statues. (It must have been more encouraging to be a sculptor during previous centuries than today.)
The Garden maintains also a botanical school. A large part is dedicated to alpine vegetation and there is now of course also an ecological corner.
This is also where you can find some museum buildings under the cover of the National Museum of Natural History (like the Garden itself): “Evolution”, “Paleontology”, “Entomology” and “Mineralogy”. They would also need a specific post – each!
I wish you a nice weekend!