If you’re a lover of nature, greenery, foliage, flowers and all the other wild plants out there, the Jardin des Plantes is definitely for you. Situated near the Latin Quarter in Paris, the original name of the garden gives us a clue as to its function: Jardin royal des plantes médicinales (the royal medicinal garden). The garden was founded in 1626 and used as a herb garden a decade later.
A garden of variety
The garden now boasts thousands of varieties of diverse and decorative plants that are indigenous to Australia to Mexico and Alpine regions. Some of these can be seen in the enclosed greenhouses. Look out for the labyrinth that was added in 1739 that is still in existence today. I recommend making a beeline for the beautiful blooming rose trees and creepers in the Rose Garden.
Other attractions nearby
If you’re sitting on the fence, wondering if Jardin des Plantes is worth the visit, you’d be pleased to know that there is a lot to see right nearby. One of the best things about this area is that it also encompasses other buildings, a library, greenhouse, a small zoo and the Natural History Museum. In the Natural History Museum or you will find sections focusing on evolution, minerals and geology, botany and anatomy.
Cost & opening times
The general garden is open to the public free of charge but sections like the Natural History Museum may require an entrance fee (about €7). Get the opening times on the official website of the Jardin des Plantes over here. To see a map of the garden, click here.
Travel tip: If you’re looking for a place to eat, there are plenty of great options in Rue Mouffetard, a ten minute walk in the opposite direction to the Seine. The Jardin des Plantes is right near the Seine. Find it on Google maps over here.