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Botanical Gardens to Explore in France

Arquebuse Botanical Garden

One of the beautiful botanical gardens which stretching over 5.5 hectares, the Arquebuse serves as a botanical garden, arboretum and park. Founded by the scientist Benigne Legouz de Gerland, the botanical garden houses and cultivates around 3500 indigenous species of plants. A great place to relax, the garden reflects natural charm with flower borders and lawns along with alleys shaded by a variety of tree species.

Balata Garden

The Balata Garden is a private botanical garden located 10 kilometers north of Fort-de-France city ​​center, Route de Balata, along the Route de la Trace, in Martinique. The Garden is animated by the creativeness and visions of his creator who has been caring and healing the plants for more than 50 years and now shares this dream with everyone who walks through this magic world. There are beautiful trails bordered by heliconias, wild orchids, palms, dracaenas, and mahoganies. In the distance, yo

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A beautiful botanical garden which was located at the end of the Avenue Charles de Gaulle, adjacent to the university, in Cayenne. It was home to a wide variety of plants and also contains a statue of politician Gaston Monnerville. A nice location where you can spend a nice time and also you can explore a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Castle Park and Gardens of Azay-le-Ferron

The Chateau Azay le Ferron is a typical example of beautiful French rich architecture features a garden à la française and a French landscape garden dating to the 17th century in 123 acres in total. it is owned by the city of Tours and is open to the public. Visitors can take a tour of the 18 furnished rooms featuring sumptuous collections of furniture, tapestry, paintings, and objets d'art.

Château de Bouges

An elegant, 18th-century Italian-style residence is reminiscent of the Petit Trianon at the Palace of Versailles. It was located in the village of Bouges-le-Château in the heart of the Berry. The 80-hectare garden, lake, and cutting flower garden increase the beautify of this \chetau. The castle is listed in monument historique and the gardens are listed by the Ministry of Culture as among the Notable Gardens of France. The château and gardens are open to the public.

Conservatoire botanique national de Mascarin

The Conservatoire Botanique National de Mascarin is a national conservatory and botanical garden. The conservatory's garden (3 hectares) contains about 4,000 plant species endemic to the Mascarene Islands.

Domain Trévarez

A famous castle which was located in the commune of Saint-Goazec in Finistère, in Brittany, France. It was built in the heart of 85 hectares of grounds and has been awarded France's '20th Century Heritage' label. A beautiful park and a botanical garden are also set in this place and they are listed on the Ministry's database and are open to the public. The chateau is also listed in the monument Historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Guiana Botanical Garden

Guiana Botanical Garden is a pleasant open space that was with a huge range of tropical plants, trees, and flowers in it. It was founded in the late 19th century, during the time of British Guiana, on an abandoned sugar estate. It includes the Seven Ponds, which is the burial site of many famous personalities.

International Gardens Festival Of Chaumont-sur-Loire

The Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire has become an essential place in the field of art and gardens. The heritage, artistic, and gardening makes this estate a unique place in the Loire châteaux circuit. It is a public cultural cooperation establishment , owned since 2008 by the Center-Val de Loire region. Because of its past and its exceptional location on the banks of the Loire , a landscape classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jardin Botanique de Deshaies

The Deshaies Botanical Garden is a 7- hectare botanical garden located in Deshaies, Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe island. From 1979 to 1986 it was the home of the French comedian Coluche, which had previously been populated with rare plants by Guy Blandin. Currently, the botanical garden houses more than 1000 species distributed along 1.5 kilometers of trails with 15 different areas. This park offers a wide range of plants and a panoramic view of the Caribbean sea.

Jardin botanique de Tours

This Botanical Garden is located on a former wetland once crossed by the Sainte-Anne stream. It was built between 1831 and 1843, it began as a collection of about 2,000 medical and exotic plants arranged in greenhouses containing about 500 plants, orchard, and garden proper. The garden has survived numerous attacks floods, storms, etc. One of the nice location from where you can know about the rich varieties of flora and fauna.

Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes is a park and a botanical garden open to the public, located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. It is the seat and the main site of the National Museum of Natural History, which also has other sites in Paris and in the provinces. It also has a menagerie, greenhouses, and scientific exhibition buildings serving as museums and a Paleontology gallery.

Jardin des plantes de Montpellier

The Montpellier Plant Garden is a university botanical garden founded in 1593 and which is an integral part of the heritage of the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier and the University of Montpellier. It is the oldest botanical garden in France, ahead of that of Strasbourg founded in 1619, that of Paris created in 1635, and that of Caen in 1736. This garden has a triple vocation: botanical, historical, and university.

Jardin des plantes de Nantes

The Jardin des Plantes de Nantes is a beautiful municipal botanical garden in Pays de la Loire, France. The garden includes about 11,000 species plants and a fine collection of statues, as well as pavilions, fountains, and cascades. One of the notable feature of the garden's is its palm house and greenhouses. It contain an exceptional collection of epiphytes, including orchids of the African lowlands and Asian mountains respectively.

Luxembourg Gardens

The Luxembourg Gardens, inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, were created upon the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612 was located on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. This park an ideal place to rest after a long day exploring the city. The park houses several metal benches surrounded by numerous statues and sculptures, a perfect place to relax and enjoy a bit of fresh air.

Palais Longchamp

The Palais Longchamp is a magnificent monument in the fourth district of Marseille, France. It brings together the Museum of Fine Arts, the Natural History Museum, and the Botanical Garden on the same site.

Parc du Thabor

A beautiful botanical garden which belongs to the Abbey Saint-Melaine situated on the highest hill in Rennes. The garden was established in the year 1868 and it contains 129 species of trees, including 34 conifer species, as well as 373 shrub species. It also consists of around 1500 specimens of Herbariums too.

Parc Floral de la Source

A magnificent 35-hectare landscaped garden divided into wonderful themed areas: a dahlia garden, a beautiful vegetable garden, an iris garden, a rose garden, and also there are a large aviary and an exotic butterfly house. One of the nice natural area which has been awarded the status of Jardin remarquable by the French Ministry of Culture and the national council of parks and gardens.

Parc Oriental de Maulévrier

The Parc Oriental de Maulévrier is the largest Japanese garden in France. It houses about 300 plant species and has a permanent exhibition of bonsai and ceramics.

Parc Phœnix

Parc Phœnix is a botanical garden and zoo, located at the southwestern edge of Nice. Much of the park consists of a huge greenhouse with a large pool housing animals such as pelicans, swans, ducks, turtles, etc.

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