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Spring in Jardin des Plantes

2013-05-02

jardin-des-plantes-1.jpgFirst sunny Parisian weekend in the middle of April. The trees of the famous Parisian garden, only couple of steps from the Seine river, are blossoming and people are slowly walking with desire to warm up under the complex net of the sycamores‘ scrags.

The April decoration of the gardern is a Japanese cherry tree in its white dress, resembling to a large hat, only 6 to 8 metres high, but with its large branches and patulous trjardin-des-plantes-2.jpgeetop taking 12 metres. It flowers usually at the end of March, beginning of April, but as a consequence of a rough and long winter, this year it is fully blossoming in the middle of April.

"Jardin des plantes" is not just a simple garden. It is a mosaic of many gardens, still corners and botanical treasures. There are eleven gardens all together, among them for exjardin-des-plantes-3-.jpgample Alpine garden, ecological garden, garden of roses, rocks, paeonies, fruit garden, garden of bees and birds or irises garden.

Big greenhouses were built in the Royal garden in order to protect the fragile orange trees from the freezing temperatures. That’s why the greenhouses were called in French "orangeries". The purpose of the greenhouses was to protect the plants brought by explorers and botanists from their trips. The oldest greenhouse was built by Sébastien Vaillant in 1714 in order to protect the coffee shrub brought for Louis XIV.

Behind the impressive greenhouses buildings you will get to the green labyrinth, in circles walks leading to one of the oldest metal constructions world-wide, Buffon’s summer house. In the tiny summer house there are jardin-des-plantes-4.jpgseveral benches, where the lucky ones enjoy the sun rays.

Other curiosities of the garden are Crete maple tree (Acer orientalis), which was brought from Orient by Tournefort in 1702, oak (Quercus castaneaefoliaHistorical tree is one of the two Lebanon ceders, brought from England by Bernard de Jussieu in 1734. It is an oldest cedar in France, the tree is 275 years old and its trunk is 4,70 metres wide.), or a very toxic European yew tree (Taxus baccata), from which ijardin-des-plantes-5.jpgn the 80-ies was extracted one of the most efficient substances against cancer.

There is an anecdote that Bernard de Jussieu broke the pots with the young sprouts of cedars when he was getting on the ship to France. In order to save the cedars he changed its hat in the flower pot. Till the end of June there is en exhibition on dinosaurs in the "Grande Galérie de l’Evolution", till October 2013 you can visit the exhibition on insects, till January 2014 exhibition on the sharks. The atmosphere of the garden is created also by the carroussel for children, playground, pancakes, candies, reading books on the benches, slow walking steps or fast running steps of the joggers.

M.D.D., Paristep
Source of the used information: www.jardindesplantes.net

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