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Symbol & Sensitivity
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EXHIBITION
Symbol & Sensitivity
From 24 May to 13 October
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Symbol and sensitivity guided tour
Exhibition's guided tours
Next visit: 17 July
with COTY
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symbol and sensitivity meditation
Méditation
Next session 18 Juillet
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Symbol and sensitivity workshop plant frame
Building a plant frame
Next workshop: 21 July
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SPECIAL EVENT
La bibliotheque sort de ses murs
The library invades the public space !
Next session: 17 July
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Family workshops with the Compagnie du Solitaire
Next workshop: 4 August
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GUIDED TOURS
GUIDED TOURS
From March to December
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Feuille verte 2019
Feuille verte 2019
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Candollea 74(1)
Candollea 74(1)
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Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genve


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The Cabinet of curiosities:
Exhibition on the many lives of herbaria


The Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva holds a herbarium of unmatched richness, the result of a botanical tradition dating to the end of the eighteenth century. This dynamic collection, ever in motion, is used daily by our researchers and those from around the world to study, understand and protect the world of plants and fungi.

The placing of dried plants in herbaria is a practice that goes back to the 16th century. It quickly became evident that it is the simplest way to study them without the constraints of time or space. During the era of great exploration, the practice became widespread, having as its ambition a truly titanic endeavor: describing and classifying the world of plants and mushrooms in its entirety. This is the first life of herbaria.

Owing to technological advances, herbaria reveal themselves to hold new information which earlier botanists certainly could not have imagined. It is these many lives of herbaria which this exhibition offers for your discovery.


Winter schedule (30 October - 25 March)
11h00 - 12h00
13h00 - 16h45

Summer schedule (26 March - 29 October):
10h30 - 12h00
13h00 - 18h00

Cabinet of curiosities
Closed weekly on Mondays

Until 1st of March 2020