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TdG Flore des Dames - 02.09.2018
Discover how "les Dames de Genève" saved the Mexican Flora.
Article by Xavier Lafargue, TdG.
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La Flore des Dames

VISITS

Sunday visits
Each 1st Sunday of the month - 2 guided tours
Upcoming visit: 07 October!
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Variations botaniques
Next visit 25 September.
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La Visite du Jardinier
La "Visite du Jardinier"
Every Thursdays at 2pm
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WORKSHOPS

the Green Workshops 2018-2019
GREEN WORKSHOPS 2018-2019
For children on Wednesday afternoon
New programme !
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EXHIBITIONS

Expositions la Flore des Dames
La Flore des Dames
Exhibition at Les Bains des Pâquis and the CJBG's Library
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The Passion for Knowledge
Exhibition
Until 14th of October
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The Garden, 200 years of passion
Exhibition
Until 14th of October
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The many lives of herbaria
Exhibition
Cabinet of curiosities
Until 31st of December
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Discover the exhibition
The Ethnobotanical Gardens
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Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève


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the Garden

It's blooming in our Garden (in french)
An overview of the flowering times
The Garden Catalogue
The map of the Garden
The Garden in photos

A label in a botanical garden.
What does it do ? How do you read it ?
The label serves to identify a plant species in the collection.

Exemple d'étiquette

It is composed of a Latin scientific name formed of three distinct parts.

The binomial Latin name (1,2) defines a botanical species thanks to :
a. The name of the genus (1), eg. Rosa sp – for roses.

b. The specific name (2) which applies to one species (a genus can have several species). This name often expresses an origin, eg. Rosa gallica = Rose of France, the nature of an environment, eg. Trifolium pratense = Red Clover (of the meadow). Gladiolus palustris = Marsh Gladiolus, a colour, eg. Silene alba = White Campion, a morphological or physiological characteristic, eg. Solidago graminifolia = Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Bellis perennis = Daisy (a perennial plant), a reference to a Botanist, eg. Epilobium dodonaei = Epilobe (named after Dodoens), a use, eg. Linum catharcticum = a linseed purgative, Linum usitatissimum = a useful linseed, and Rosmarinus officinalis = Rosemary (used as a herb).

c. The name of the author (3) of the first description of the species in question (that gave the Latin diagnosis). Latin is the universal language of Botanists used to avoid confusion during the determination of a species.

There is often other information included on the label, such as, the common name (4) (in French), eg. Papaver rhoeas = pavot, coquelicot (the poppy), the botanical family (5) , eg. Rosa gallica = belongs to the family Roseaceae, and the geographic origin (6), eg. Solanum tuberosum = the potato, originating from Latin America.