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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    Rudie Vissenberg (6 months ago)
    Very nice garden with some very old trees and a lot of information at some point plants and trees. It's in French so you can practice :). A lot of shade in some areas and we sat down on one of the many benches and enjoyed the surroundings.
    Seth Murray (10 months ago)
    Very nice botanic garden for a stroll. They have many well marked trees and plants and a few interesting and uncommon things. VID protocols mean the cactus house and another building are currently closed to public. 1 to 2.5 hours is probably about the right amount of time to spend there depending on your love of plants. They do not charge, so if you go for less time you don't have to feel like you lost your money.
    Beat A. Schwendimann (13 months ago)
    A quiet oasis in old town Montpelier. Founded in 1593, this is the oldest botanical garden in France. It started as a collection of medicinal plant for the school of medicine. Now the park is open to the public. Closes at 8pm.
    Heather White (15 months ago)
    Apparently the oldest botanical garden in Europe! Not a huge space but the variety of planting and spaces is impressive. Lots of benches in quiet shady spots to read a book or have some lunch (seems very popular with the locals as a lunch spot) One downside - the gardens don't open until 12 which seems quite late (indeed there was a queue of people waiting to enter when I arrived at the entrance at 11:55) Definitely recommend - as this is so close to the cathedral and place de peyrou very easy to do all 3 in a couple of hours
    Michael McKenzie (15 months ago)
    Beautiful terraced area to sit out and enjoy a pint, a cocktail or even a nice chilled frappe. Well worth a visit to come and sit in this peaceful area of this busy city. :)
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