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Garden of plants

Green lung of the city
Embark on a botanical journey and let yourself be enchanted by the scents and colors of hackberry, Chinese ginkbo biloba and giant American redwood. You may even come across white mulberries, famous in the old silkworm industry of the City of Montauban.

Did you know?

Part of the garden is owned by the Osages and Cherokee tribes. Donated by the city on July 22, 1992, it now stands a commemorative plaque, along with the famous giant sequoia.

Would you know how to recognize this conifer with red and thick bark, which can live more than 3000 years and reach a height of 100 m?

For the record, the American Indians of the Osage tribe living in Kansas, arrived in France in 1827 to plead the cause of their people and 3 of them were welcomed in 1829 by Mr. Dubourg. They will return to their country thanks to the generosity of the Montalbanais.

In September 1989, the Oklahoma-Occitania association resumed contact with the tribe, displaced in Oklahoma, who accepted a cultural exchange project. Since 1999, Montauban has been twinned with the town of Pawhuska, capital of the Osages.

A little history

In the 19th century, a steep and bushy embankment between the river and the city, made the area unusable. The raising of a retaining wall in 1849, allowed the creation of a promenade called Le Plateau.

In 1857, the horticultural society organized its first botanical exhibition there, which was a real success. On June 16, 1861, the landscaped and romantic garden was created, designed by Mr. Le Breton, considered at the time to be one of the best landscape architects in the City of Paris.

What to do

in the garden of plants

2 large parking areas nearby

The Jardin des Plantes car park (free), accessible from rue de l’Abbaye.

The Allées Consul Dupuy car park (paying), on the plateau overlooking the garden, then accessible by stairs or a funicular.