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THE GARDEN'S SECRETS !
What plant is this?
What plant is this?
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NEWS
Christmas plants brought to light at the CJBG
Christmas plants brought to light at the CJBG.
Read the article HERE
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Gold medal for the CJBG's beekeeper
Gold medal for Christian Jenny, CJBG's beekeeper, at the Swiss apiary competition.
Read the article HERE
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Namoroka Maze Madagascar Documentary
Follow our scientists on a field trip to Madagascar ! Watch the documentary broadcasted on Arte.
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Symbol and Sensitivity - Winter prelude
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EXHIBITIONS

Symbols and feelings prelude
Symbol & Sensitivity
Winter prelude
Sound and light exhibition
Until 3 Feb 2019
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The many lives of herbaria
Exhibition
Cabinet of curiosities
Until 1st of March 2020
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WORKSHOPS

the Green Workshops 2018-2019
GREEN WORKSHOPS 2018-2019
For children on Wednesday afternoon
Resuming in Spring 2019 !
Stay tuned !

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Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève


Welcome → Botanical Garden → The GardenThe Catalogue
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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.