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Botanical Garden

The botanical garden was created in 1766. It is famous for its collection of melliferous plants (used by bees to make honey), as well as for its toxic and medicinal plants of scientific and historical value. Once reserved exclusively for teaching and scientific research, it is now open to educate the public about plants and biodiversity.

 

Panoramique 360° du jardin en hiver

Teaching and research

Botany is a fundamental science necessary for numerous other disciplines. The garden is used to teach students not only subjects concerning pharmacotoxicology, pharmacology and the human and animal food industry, but also botany, taxonomy, the chemistry of perfumes and natural pigments, palynology (study of pollens) and ecology.

 

The botanical garden allows the study and supply of correctly-identified plants for scientific research. Professionals come to look for seeds, young plants, grafts, cuttings, spores and pollen of plants that interest them.
 

Many visitors

Des visiteurs du jardin. Crédit : SCSI- BA

By presenting plants in an organised and aesthetically pleasing setting the garden is visited in much that same as one would visit a museum. It is a place of relaxation and stimulation, and arouses curiosity and the desire to learn about the plant world and to protect it.
For many years guided visits have been conducted for individuals, student groups, organizations and retirees so that they can discover plants and their medicinal and nutritional properties. School groups in particular participate in educational projects which allow them to plant and follow the life cycle of plants. This is often far removed from the daily life of young city-dwellers.
The upkeep of the botanical garden is possible due to the work of volunteers from the Inter-Age University, gardeners, apprentice gardeners and Alfort lecturers.
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