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In pictures: Flowers in the Jardin des Plantes

Flowers in the Jardin de Plantes botanical gardens, Paris

Hidden away behind tall hedges near the Seine in Paris’ 5th arrondissement is the city’s Jardin des Plantes, or botanical gardens. These gardens stretch over almost 70 acres, with more than 4500 different plants – from rose and iris gardens to alpine plants and tropical greenhouses – filling it with beautiful colours and perfumes throughout the year. The Jardin des Plantes was originally set up in 1635 by Louis XIII as a royal garden to study medicinal herbs, and there’s still a school for botanists there today. It was opened to the public 14 years later and has been attracting horticulturalists since. But even if you know nothing about plants, it’s still a relaxing place to walk or sit away from the bustle of the city. The gardens are also home to the Museum of Natural History, with its four different galleries surrounded by the greenery.

Natural History Museum in the Jardin de Plantes botanical gardens, Paris

Flowers in the Jardin de Plantes botanical gardens, Paris

The Jardin de Plantes botanical gardens, Paris

Flowers in the Jardin de Plantes botanical gardens, Paris

Natural History Museum in the Jardin des Plantes botanical garden, Paris

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  1. Lovely pictures, Paris is beautiful. I’ve never been to Jardin des Plantes but it is top of my to-do list now!

    September 7, 2012
    • Thanks, there are so many lovely parks and gardens in Paris to see, this was the first time I’d made it to this one but very glad I did.

      September 7, 2012
  2. Another bit of Paris to put on the list

    September 7, 2012
    • I didn’t get to go into the Natural History Museum this time and hear its really good so may be back next time.

      September 7, 2012
  3. I am constantly amazed at all the things I missed in Paris.

    September 7, 2012
    • There’s so much to see you could easily spend a month there and not see it all! All good excuses for another visit though.

      September 7, 2012
  4. Beautiful pictures, it looks like a very lovely place to visit!

    September 7, 2012
    • Thanks Bryonie, it was gorgeous, Paris is great for parks and outdoor spaces all over the place, you never know what you might come across!

      September 7, 2012
  5. Hi Lucy, I miss Paris and thanks for taking me back there vicariously. I love Parisian gardens. I haven’t been to this one and I’m glad to note that there’s more garden i can visit when I return. Lovely photos.

    September 7, 2012
    • Thanks Marisol, there are so many fantastic gardens in Paris – I also went to the Parc de Belleville which had great views, and the Jardin Atlantique on top of Montparnasse train station.

      September 7, 2012
  6. You find the prettiest spots, Lucy.

    September 7, 2012
    • Thanks Jo, though my next Paris post is definitely not a pretty spot! (I will leave you in suspense until Tuesday for that one…)

      September 8, 2012
  7. Beautiful gardens you captured!

    September 9, 2012
  8. Gorgeous pics!!! Le Jardin des Plantes is truly special ;)

    September 9, 2012
    • Thanks, it’s lovely isn’t it. I can’t believe I never discovered it before!

      September 10, 2012
    • And it’s quiet and relaxed. The perfect place to read a book and forget about stress ;)

      September 10, 2012
  9. Lovely pics. I see they had summer there. Bridget

    September 9, 2012
    • They did indeed, had a beautifully sunny week so were very lucky!

      September 10, 2012
  10. nice. I’ve been living in Paris fro 3 years and I’ve never been there. what a shame

    September 11, 2012
    • There are so many hidden gems in Paris, it’s a great place to live in!

      October 11, 2012
  11. Ah, how lovely. From sewers to flowers. ;)

    October 3, 2012
  12. agnesstramp #

    Summer’s in the air and you can tell it ;-) Lovely photos.

    October 11, 2012
    • I miss summer, it’s done nothing but rain in the UK this week!

      October 11, 2012
  13. Will be adding this to the list for our next trip to Paris, I love exploring gardens.

    July 8, 2013
    • I love Parisian parks but this was one of my favourites with all the different colours and perfumes.

      July 9, 2013

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