In the 5th arrondissement of Paris, not far from the Seine, the Latin quarter and the Grand Mosque, lies a magnificent park where it's lovely to take a stroll: the famous Garden of Plants (Jardin des Plantes), accessible by Metro from the Gare d'Austerlitz and Jussieu stations.
Created in the 17th century by the doctors Jean Héroard and Guy de la Brosse, this unique place became a research centre and museum in the 18th century, and now delights lovers of walking and botany. As listed Historic Monuments, the various buildings dotted about the site bear witness to the saga of science over the centuries: the Great Gallery of Evolution, the Mineralogy and Geology Gallery, and the big greenhouses - with greenhouses dedicated to the rainforest, the desert and arid environments, New Caledonia and the history of plants - are so many wonderful places that will take you on a journey through time and space! And as you wander the park's many paths, you can not only admire historic trees like the Lebanese cedar planted in 1734 by the botanist Bernard de Jussieu, but also see statues of scientists such as Buffon and Lamarck, who helped to make the Garden of Plants famous.
In this haven of peace and greenery, you can also admire the garden's typical French-style perspective, with flowers blooming in square beds from spring to late autumn, its ecological garden where the fauna and flora of Ile-de-France are all represented, its romantic rose garden with many varieties, its open-air botany school, its Alpine garden with over 2,000 mountain plant varieties, its bee and bird garden, and its menagerie, which is much-loved by children and happens to be one of the oldest zoos in the world!