Jardin des Plantes, Toulouse

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The Jardin des Plantes is a public park and botanical garden located on Allée Jules-Guesde, Toulouse, France.HistoryThe first botanical garden in Toulouse was created in 1730 by the Société des sciences de Toulouse and located in the Saint-Sernin district, not far from the Matabiau. However, the quality of the ground was unsatisfactory, and in 1756 the collection was moved towards Sénéchaussée Street . This second garden was surrounded by walls and in time proved to be too small. In 1794, thanks to naturalist Philippe-Isidore Picot de Lapeyrouse, the garden was relocated into part of the old enclosure of the Carmelite friars, where it remains.This third site became both a large botanical garden and also a place where the poorest of the city could collect medicinal plants, growing to contain some 1,300 species, both local and acclimatised. By decree of July 27, 1808, Napoleon gave the grounds and the buildings of the garden to the city, and during the battle of Toulouse, the garden was used as artillery point. In 1885 the garden was slightly trimmed due to the construction of the Faculty of Medicine near the Allée Jules-Guesde, but at the same time it increased in size towards the Grand Allée. The garden was transformed for the arrival of the international exhibition of 1887, becoming a park.Present dayToday's botanical garden, the Jardin botanique Henri Gaussen, lies in the south-east of the downtown area, in the district of Busca close to the district of the Bridge of the Young Ladies, near the Canal du Midi. Although it was originally outside the city walls, it is now within a zone of very dense habitat mixing old construction and the more recent buildings.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A green setting relaxing and pleasant in the city center and close to another large public garden. It's rejuvenating, free, easy to access.
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  • August 17, 2017
    It is a big but very nice garden with a central area with enough vegetation, a small canal with ducks and swans and a small hill with trails for walking. There were also "wild" hens and roosters.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Beautiful garden plants, you can read quietly lying on the beautiful lawns or doze. Advised to lovers of nature, families or lovers
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  • September 5, 2017
    Excellent park for kids and adults. Places to walk, sit, play, etc. A few rides, a playground, a pond with waterfall. A hill with a pavilion.
  • September 6, 2017
    Beautiful parc and a nice museum with cheap entrance, go there if you have some free time
  • July 21, 2017
    I especially loved the Japanese gardens within the garden. There's a good playground for children and many pretty walks.
  • July 12, 2017
    Lovely park in the centre of Toulouse. Perfect for all ages and has some really beautiful hidden gems dotted around.
  • March 21, 2017
    Lovely garden in the city where you can easily spend an hour or two away from the bustling city. You can either have your exercise of the day by walking/running around the garden (decent size with many different parts including playgrounds and bridges), adore the colourful flowers and tall trees (will be much more impressive in late spring/summer), people watch, have a picnic/date, read a book and have done me-time, count how many ducks & roosters are there (yes they freely roam around the park). The activities you can do here are endless.

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