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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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  • The garden plants located in the heart of toulouse merit a detour has more than one title: - many possible walks in family - many activities are planned for kids (games, ducks fond of bread...) - the natural history museum is a must - visit very relaxing place for a moment of reading...
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  • Place to relax in the open air! Refreshment at the heart of the city that is worth Photographes and re tour, family, friends or lovers.
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  • A cool, fresh, autumnal day. Found random island with a seat and pergola at the top of what once must have been a stunning pebbled path. A lone red squirrel was a pleasant surprise. 
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  • Lovely garden in the east of Toulouse! Definitely a high point in town. The plants are beautiful, the ambiance peaceful, there are areas dedicates to kids playing. An excellent break from the urban surroundings!
  • Is a really nice park, with a lot of plants and places to laid down and relax. Also you are able to find nice bathroom and expend all day here. I will recommend if you are visiting Toulouse
  • Beautiful quiet park. Perfect for families. But be prepared if you want to picnic there, as the food at the (great) museum is expensive and the small shops only sell ice creams and crêpes.
  • Absolutely beautiful and very relaxing. Make sure to spot the chickens.
  • Nice botanical garden in the city center of Toulouse.