Montpellier Botanical Garden

Montpellier, France

The Jardin des plantes de Montpellier (4.5 hectares) is a historic botanical garden and arboretum maintained by the Montpellier University.

The garden was established in 1593 by letters patent from King Henri IV, under the leadership of Pierre Richer de Belleval, professor of botany and anatomy. It is France's oldest botanical garden, inspired by the Orto botanico di Padova (1545) and in turn serving as model for the Jardin des Plantes de Paris (1626).

The Montagne de Richer lies within the garden's oldest section, which also now contains a systematic garden. The garden was expanded twice in the 19th century. Its orangery was designed by Claude-Mathieu Delagardette (1762–1805) and completed in 1804, the arboretum was landscaped in 1810, and the English Garden, with pool and greenhouse, dates from 1859. The monumental Martins greenhouse opened in 1860.

Today the garden contains about 2,680 plant species, including 500 native to the Mediterranean region. Of these roughly 2,000 species are grown outdoors, and 1,000 under glass.

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    Melike Yildiz (4 months ago)
    Beautiful and calm place, we didn't even realize we spent 2 hours there. Definitely a must go in Montpellier.
    Niels Rockel (5 months ago)
    Beautiful
    Ndriana R (5 months ago)
    A must-do when you visit Montpellier+ it's freee !!!
    Chris Lomas (6 months ago)
    A small and well maintained garden. Quite the sun trap but also offers some shady hideaways.
    Benjamin POTTECHER (6 months ago)
    Good looking and well maintained. A bit small though. Be careful it opens quite late.
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