Jardin de l'État

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Waterway in the Jardin de l'État.

The Jardin de l'État, formerly known as the Jardin du Roy, is a historic botanical garden on the island of Réunion, found in the capital Saint-Denis.

Planted with trees and spices taken from outside the island by Pierre Poivre, the garden is home to a natural history museum opened in August 1855. The garden was built from 1767 to 1773.

The garden's golden era came at the beginning of the 19th century, when its plants were tended to by famous botanists such as Joseph Hubert, Nicolas Bréon and Jean-Michel-Claude Richard. At that time the garden housed 2000 species. 7000 of its plants were distributed to the islanders in 1825 as part of a scheme to improve the colonial agriculture.

Today, the garden's main entrance faces the historic Rue de Paris. In the garden itself a bust of Pierre Poivre and a Wallace fountain.

History[edit]

The Jardin de l'État was classified as a monument historique by the French Government on December 29, 1978.[1]

Trees[edit]

The garden is home to around fifty species of tree, including:

And also:

Bibliography[edit]

  • Guide du jardin de l'État de Saint-Denis, J. Dequaire, Srepen, July 1984.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Fr) "Le muséum d'Histoire Naturelle et le jardin d'Etat". CultureCommunication. Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 

Coordinates: 20°53′12″S 55°27′04″E / 20.88667°S 55.45111°E / -20.88667; 55.45111