Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève
The Garden Collections
The Alpine Garden
The Animal Park
The Garden of the Herbaria
The Garden of smell and touch
The Historic Rose Garden
The Path of Evolution
The Perennial Collection
The Ruderal Zone
The Ethnobotanical Gardens
The Seasonal Flower Beds>
The Shrub Collection in Pots
"Vous êtes à Genève et c’est Bali, l’Amazonie, les côtes de l’Orénoque qui défilent sous vos yeux. Le Jardin botanique, un endroit magique, maternant. Allez vous y enfermer avec Rimbaud, Hölderlin ou Hergé. L’émotion est garantie" (L’Express du 25-31 mai 2006).
When visiting the greenhouses of the CJB, you will feel yourself transported far from Geneva and you may be surprised, in particular, by the ambient heat and the humidity of our tropical greenhouses.
In these exotic surroundings, amongst plants of unexpected shapes or with iridescent and delicate colours, you may have an irresistible dream of voyaging for a long time...
A number of large public greenhouses contain a wide selection of plant species derived from the different continents. All have something in common: in order to survive and prosper in our local climate these plants need protection, under glass, for all or part of the year.
It is upon entering the Winter Garden that the heat and humidity of the tropics will be revealed to you. Numerous plants from the tropics used as ornamentals grow under the fronds of the large palm trees. A space reserved for tropical crop plants facilitates the detailed observation of species from which products in everyday use are extracted: coffee, coco, spices, fibres, tropical fruits etc. Small display-cases contain various products from these plants and highlight their usefulness to man.
The Tropical Greenhouse invites you, as you pass, to rest in the small elevated pavilion that is typical of many coastal or inundated regions in the tropics.
From here one has a fine view of the palm trees and tropical vines growing in the greenhouse, as well as the epiphytes (orchids, bromeliads, ferns etc.) which cover the trees inside. The annex containing the collection of carnivorous plants and succulents can be visited here also upon request.
The large glass dome, near to the Route de Lausanne, is designated as the Temperate House and it contains Mediterranean type vegetation from Australia, South Africa and the subtropical regions of Asia and America as well as from the Mediterranean region itself. You can get close to these plants by following a small path which winds through the palm trees and elegant tree-ferns.
A special place in this greenhouse is set aside for the cacti and succulents, with two landscapes (American and African) facing each other. In winter, this greenhouse also houses some of our oldest and most remarkable trees, grown in frost-resistant pots, such as the centuries-old Podocarpus.
The hidden side of the greenhouses re-groups the greenhouses for the collections and the experimental greenhouses that hold the plants of scientific interest or those that are cultivated experimentally. These can be visited only upon request.
The greenhouses at Pregny, annexed to those of the Botanical Garden, contain certain specific collections, the sector which produces the plants for use in the main collection of flowerbeds and for the decoration of the park, an Orangery for the over-wintering of exotic shrubs that are not frost resistant, as well as a collection of ancient varieties of fruit trees, inherited from the former owner, Baron Edmond de Rothschild.