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Flowers in the Jardin des Plantes

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.

Paris' Natural History Museum
Flowers in the Paris botanical gardens
The Jardin des Plantes
Flower close ups
Paris Natural History Museum

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    andasfortoday
    September 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

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

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      September 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      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.

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    Ship's Cook
    September 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Another bit of Paris to put on the list

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      September 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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

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    Browsing the Atlas
    September 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I am constantly amazed at all the things I missed in Paris.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      September 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      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.

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    Bryonie Carolan
    September 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Beautiful pictures, it looks like a very lovely place to visit!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      September 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      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!

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    Marisol@TravelingSolemates
    September 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    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.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      September 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      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.

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    restlessjo
    September 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    You find the prettiest spots, Lucy.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      September 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

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

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    Karen Johnson
    September 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Beautiful gardens you captured!

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    missmadaboutravel
    September 9, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Gorgeous pics!!! Le Jardin des Plantes is truly special 😉

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      September 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

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

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        missmadaboutravel
        September 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        And it’s quiet and relaxed. The perfect place to read a book and forget about stress 😉

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    Bridget Pigott
    September 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Lovely pics. I see they had summer there. Bridget

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      September 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      They did indeed, had a beautifully sunny week so were very lucky!

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    gplusb
    September 11, 2012 at 8:22 am

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

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

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

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    Rachael
    October 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Ah, how lovely. From sewers to flowers. 😉

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    agnesstramp
    October 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Summer’s in the air and you can tell it 😉 Lovely photos.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

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

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    twoblackdoggies
    July 8, 2013 at 2:39 am

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

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      I love Parisian parks but this was one of my favourites with all the different colours and perfumes.

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