The Botanical Garden, a living museum
Created in 1817 by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, the Botanical Garden gradually expanded, which forced it to leave the city-centre in 1904 for its present, larger location in the international organizations district. The Botanical Garden of Geneva also maintains an alpine garden located in Bourg-Saint-Pierre in Valais. Its general collection of living plants, which can be consulted on our website, is made up of nearly 10 000, mainly wild species from all over the world and that cover over 28 ha. These plants constitute forty geographical, taxonomic, morphological/ecological or thematic collections.
As the first public establishment in Switzerland to have chosen a total conversion to organic farming, the Botanical Garden of Geneva is attentive to the protection of nature. Its energy supply is 100% renewable. It practices the differentiated management of its plots, and carries out programmes of conservation and renaturation.
Its visitors can discover 10 000m2 of 100-year-old rockeries, designed by Jules Allemand, that highlight the protected plants of Switzerland. They may also visit the arboretum and the various themed gardens such as the Touch and Scent Garden, the Ethnobotanical Gardens, the Japanese Garden and the Historical Rose Garden.
In addition, 1500 m2 of greenhouse space offers a complete change of scenery with the presentation of exotic plants in tropical or mediterranean climates. Each year, the Botanical Garden houses a new exhibition that popularizes the plant world and offers education and training programmes to the public.
Finally, there is an animal park, a reception centre and dedicated to relaxation present within the grounds.