A little corner of paradise; the greenhouses of the Jardin des Plantes
Published on 5 March 2020, dans Visit Paris
The Left Bank of Paris is famous throughout the world. A symbol of culture, heritage and refined chic, it’s the perfect place for a break in the capital and the Grand Hôtel Saint-Michel is delighted to welcome you during your stay. You’re sure to appreciate the elegance and comfort of its rooms as well as its ideal location just a short stroll from Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Cluny thermal baths, the greenhouses of the Jardin des Plantes and the Pantheon.
Explore a green world without leaving Paris at the Grandes Serres of the Jardin des Plantes
Over the centuries, many orangeries and greenhouses have been built in the grounds of the Jardin des Plantes to protect delicate species from winter frosts. From 2005 to 2010, the famous botanical garden’s greenhouses were restored to their original beauty. Built entirely of glass and steel, these Grandes Serres host various ecosystems that vividly demonstrate the biodiversity of our world’s plant life. During your visit, you can explore lush tropical jungles filled with orchids and lianas, desert areas where only cacti can survive, or savannah and mangrove environments. Each ecosystem offers an opportunity to marvel at the flawless creativity and ingenuity of Nature.
An afternoon of communing with nature’s astonishing abundance
The Grandes Serres also include a space dedicated to a dizzying journey through the depths of time. Tracing the evolution of plants from at least 430 million years ago, this greenhouse presents reconstructions of plant species that have disappeared and are known today only from the fossil record. This makes it possible to imagine the environment in which the first humans or even the dinosaurs evolved eons ago. After strolling through the gorgeous tree-lined aisles of the Jardin des Plantes, you can return to your hotel along the banks of the Seine or by taking a detour via the nearby Rue Mouffetard to sip a drink on a terrace.
Grand Hotel Saint Michel, a refined hotel in the heart of the Latin Quarter