You can stroll in the shade of the bamboo grove or along the shady paths of the English garden, admire the Martins greenhouse and its "succulent" plants or dream on the banks of the lotus pond in the footsteps of André Gide or Paul Valéry. Founded in 1593 by Henri IV, the oldest botanical garden in France extends over nearly 5 hectares in the heart of Montpellier. Attached to the Faculty of Medicine, this space once entirely dedicated to research and teaching continues to attract researchers from around the world. The Jardin des Plantes de Montpellier is listed as a site (12 February 1982) and has been protected as a Historic Monument since 3 September 1992.

Consult the site of the garden of plants

Contacts

Direction du Jardin des Plantes
163 rue Auguste Broussonnet
34090 MONTPELLITel Secretariat: 04 34 43 36 20
Tel. director: 04 34 43 36 21
Tel. culture: 04 34 43 36 22
Tel. collection: 04 34 43 36 23
Tel. gardeners: 04 34 43 36 24
Tel. grain store: 04 34 43 36 26

Fax: +33 (0)4 67 04 06 76 : 04 67 04 06 76
Email

Timetable

  • Summer: 1 June to 30 September
    Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 8 pm.
  • Winter: 1 October to 31 May
    Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 6 pm.

Closed on Mondays and on mornings reserved for university work, school lessons or guided tours.
Animals, bicycles, scooters, rollerblades and picnics are not allowed.

Reception of the public

The Jardin des Plantes is located Boulevard Henri IV next to the Red Cross.

  • Car: Pitot car park
  • Tramway :
    • line 1 : stop Place Albert 1er - Saint Charles
    • line 4 : Albert ler - Cathédrale stop
  • Bus :
    • line 6 : Peyrou - Arc de triomphe stop
    • line 7: stops Saint Roch, Saint Jaumes or Peyrou - Arc de triomphe
    • line 10 : Saint Roch stop
  • Disabled access: ask the municipal wardens at the entrance

Self-guided tours

Self-guided tours are only possible during public opening hours (see above).

Guided tours

The staff of the Jardin des plantes de Montpellier offers thematic visits from Monday to Friday, except on public holidays, in the morning between 8.30 am and 12 noon and in the afternoon between 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm.

This specialised tour is aimed at adults in groups of 6 to 20 people.
Duration of the visit: approximately 1h30.
Visit on request: days and times to be defined in consultation with the guide.
Please return the form at least 1 month before the chosen date.
Contact: Didier MORISOT

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This specialised tour is aimed at adults in groups of 6 to 20 people.
Duration of the visit: approximately 1h30.
Visit on request: days and times to be defined in consultation with the guide.
Please return the form at least 1 month before the chosen date.
Contact: Didier MORISOT

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The Jardin des Plantes of Montpellier is the oldest botanical garden in France, created more than 400 years ago for its oldest faculty of medicine (it just celebrated its 800th anniversary!).
Did you know that its founder, Pierre Richer de Belleval, a botany enthusiast, was also a precursor of ecology? On his "Montagne", this pioneer was already presenting plants by living environment, two and a half centuries before the word was invented!
In the footsteps of the heritage garden, the current garden links the threads of history and ecology. In its "Biodiversity Alley", the problems and issues of today's world resonate. Come and discover the strategies and adaptations of Mediterranean plants, global warming has no secret for them. As for the "wild grasses" that keep them company, they will tell you about urban biodiversity and the dynamics of life. Finally, in the footsteps of the first medical students, come and learn about botany thanks to the garden's connected paths, at the crossroads of tradition and modernity!

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This specialised tour is aimed at adults in groups of 6 to 20 people.
Duration of the visit: approximately 1h30.
Visit on request: days and times to be defined in consultation with the guide.
Please return the form at least 1 month before the chosen date.
Contact: Didier MORISOT

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This tour is available in French or English.
It is aimed at children from secondary school onwards and adults ingroups of 12 to 30 people.
Duration of the visit: approximately 1h30.
Visit on request: days and times to be defined in consultation with the guide.
Please return the form at least 1 month before the chosen date.
Contact: Emmanuel SPICQ

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This tour is available in French or English.
It is aimed at children from secondary school onwards and adults ingroups of 12 to 30 people.
Duration of the visit: approximately 1h30.
Visit on request: days and times to be defined in consultation with the guide.
Please return the form at least 1 month before the chosen date.
Contact: Emmanuel SPICQ

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This tour is available in French or English.
It is aimed at children from secondary school onwards and adults ingroups of 12 to 30 people.
Duration of the visit: approximately 1h30.
Visit on request: days and times to be defined in consultation with the guide.
Please return the form at least 1 month before the chosen date.
Contact: Emmanuel SPICQ

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This tour is available in French or English.
It is aimed at children from secondary school onwards and adults ingroups of 12 to 30 people.
Duration of the visit: approximately 1h30.
Visit on request: days and times to be defined in consultation with the guide.
Please return the form at least 1 month before the chosen date.
Contact: Emmanuel SPICQ

Read more

This tour is available in French or English.
It is aimed at children from secondary school onwards and adults ingroups of 12 to 30 people.
Duration of the visit: approximately 1h30.
Visit on request: days and times to be defined in consultation with the guide.
Please return the form at least 1 month before the chosen date.
Contact: Emmanuel SPICQ

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Come and talk to Jeff about this garden where fruits, old vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and ecology are mixed together.
Discover how to garden organically and locally in permaculture.
Content may change depending on the current season's production.
For the general public.
Contact: Jean-François FAUVEAU

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The oldest botanical garden in France, founded in 1593 by Henri IV, extends over nearly 5 hectares in the heart of Montpellier. Attached to the Faculty of Medicine, this space, once entirely dedicated to teaching and research, is home to botanical and historical gems. The visit will take you to the most emblematic but also the most secret places of the garden, evoking the key points of more than 400 years of history and a diversity of over 1000 different plants.

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"Aromatics and squares of the senses"

Why do some plants develop an aroma? What strategies do plants develop to withstand the Mediterranean summer heat? Some tools to understand the properties of these medicinal plants through some examples. A sensory journey: see, touch and especially solicit our sense of smell for its powerful evocative power. The senses can be deceptive... It's all a question of point of view.

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Spices and aromatic plants play an important role in our daily lives. Spices have also played an important historical role because they have always fascinated civilizations, by their rarity, their exotic character, and the legends kept about them. The Botanical Garden of Montpellier houses a collection of aromatic plants, especially Mediterranean, and various spice plants. The visit will be an opportunity to discover in situ the plants that have made history and that perfume our plates.

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"To be or not to be an English garden, that is the question... which we propose to answer for the Jardin des Plantes de Montpellier. Is the English garden a garden? Highlighting its characteristics in opposition to the French garden, in particular what ideology underlies each garden? Characteristic elements of the English garden and its vocabulary. Evolution of the English garden with its democratization, from the end of the 19th century. The means and the plants used in this garden, all this while strolling, strolling, dreaming perhaps like not so solitary walkers.

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Garden rental / Filming...

Le Jardin opens its doors for event rentals and professional shoots. To make a request, click on the corresponding button below. Please note that requests must be made at least 3 months in advance.

Summer Guided Tours

All the proposed visits are free and on registration. To know more about it
Meeting point to be planned 10mn in advance, at the entrance of the Garden, Boulevard Henri IV