Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève
HOW TO VISIT THE GARDEN
IN A FULL DAY
On leaving Albert-Thomas Place, the large pond one discovers at the bottom of the Alpine Garden, is an invitation to climb through the cascades and streams that snake around the rocks and discover the montane flora from around the world. Once can also see the alpine species that are protected in Switzerland.
Above the slopes of the Rockery, one finds the Exhibition Greenhouse with its special collections (palm trees, carnivorous plants, succulent plants, Bromeliads, Gesneriaceae etc.) and the Winter Garden, in which there is a panorama of useful tropical plants (Bananas, Vanilla, Cotton, Tea plants….) in a setting that is both sober and aesthetic.
Behind the Winter Garden is an ornamental pond that is surrounded by a border of seasonal flowers.
In the direction of the lake, and parallel to the avenue of plane trees (majestic trees that are 280 years old!) the terraces of useful and medicinal plants are presented didactically giving access to a wide range of plant species that have been used by man through the ages.
Just below, the dome of the Mediterranean Greenhouse (or Temperate Greenhouse) contains some large trees, and diverse species originating from regions with a Mediterranean climate.
Near to the animal park and surrounding the lawn, the flower-beds provide an enchanting scene over the changing seasons. This floral trail passes in front of the Villa de Chêne which, in the summer season, hosts temporary exhibitions for which entry is free.
A few steps away, the Botanic Shop offers an interesting choice of works for the amateur and experienced botanists, with games and educational books for children as well as posters and post cards.
Upon entering the “Terre de Pregny”, one finds the Garden of Touch and Smell. It is a small area that is arranged for the exploration of the plant world exclusively using the senses through its perfumes and diverse textures. It should be noted that this area has been designed for the partially sighted or blind and labels are in both large print and in Braille
Finally, on the path that leads to the train line, the historic Rose Garden contains a display on the history of roses, from the wild species of briars to the first cultivated plants. A pergola and a central alley highlight the superb panorama of the lake and mountains. Weather permitting, Mont Blanc can be seen from this spot.
If you still have time, take a stroll up the hill of Pregny. In good weather and after a climb of fifteen minutes, you come across one of the finest parks in Geneva, that of the Château de Penthes. Its upkeep is assured by the CJB. The Château houses the Musée des Suisses à l’étranger (the Museum of the Swiss Abroad).