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The Garden of Plants

Green lung of the city
Board for a botanical journey and let yourself be enchanted by the scents and colors of the hackberry tree, the Chinese ginkbo biloba and the American giant sequoia. You may even come across white mulberry trees, famous in the former silkworm industry of the City of Montauban.

Did you know that?

A parcel of the garden belongs to the Osages and Cherokee tribes. Donated by the city on July 22, 1992, it now stands with a memorial plaque, as well as the famous giant sequoia.

Would you recognize it, this thick red-barked conifer, which can live more than 3,000 years and reach a height of 100 m?

For the record, American Indians from the Osage tribe living in Kansas, arrived in France in 1827 to plead their people’s cause 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, which accepted a cultural exchange project. Since 1999, Montauban has been twinned with the city of Pawhuska, capital of the Osages.

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A little history

In the 19th century, a steep, scrubby embankment between the river and the town made the area unworkable. The erection of a retaining wall in 1849, allowed the creation of a promenade called The Plateau.

In 1857, the Horticultural Society held its first successful botanical exhibition there. On June 16, 1861 the landscape and romantic garden was then created, designed by M. Le Breton, considered at the time to be one of the best landscape architects of the City of Paris.

What to do

in the garden of plants

2 large parking areas nearby

The parking of the Jardin des Plantes (free), accessible by the rue de l’abbaye.

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