Founded in 1593 by Henry IV, the Jardin des Plantes spreads out over 4.5 hectares. It is the oldest botanical garden in France with more than 2500 plant species as well as ponds, an arboretum and landscaped areas.
Today the garden is owned by University of Montpellier I and is also used for study and research. Don’t forget to take a look at Richer’s Mountain, the oldest site in the park, to see the ancient eucalyptus tree and the southern bauhinia planted by the founder. In the tree area, look for a ginkgo tree planted in the late 1700s. This tree is unique and the only t species of Ginkgo biloba which has survived. In addition, there is an olive tree here that is over 250 years old.