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BEYOND THE
 CJBG
Conférence
 La nature est-elle
 bien faite?
 Conference by:
 Guillaume Lecointre
 Prof. of "Muséum
 national d'histoire
 naturelle de Paris"
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 May 25 at 6.30 p.m.
 Info:
 www.unige.ch/public
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NEWS
Landscape showing a swamp with a wooden pathway on the left
 Genève Grandeur
 Nature
 Ponds, a hotel for
 biodiversity
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 Climate emergency
 The City takes action
 to reduce carbon
 emissions
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drawing of puzzle pieces coming together to depict a boy and different animals, plants, insects and so on, thus illustrating biodiversity
 The CJBG join the
 Global coalition
 #UnitedforBiodiversity
 to raise awareness
 towards the biodiversity
 crisis
 Learn more here
 Read the press release
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Taxon article 26 November
 The history of World
 Flora Online and the
 importance of this
 collaborative project.
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Gisèle VISINAND
Communication officer
Phone: (+41) 22 418 51 08
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Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève


Welcome → Botanical Garden → The Collections
The Ethnobotanical Gardens
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The Garden Collections

The Rockeries
The Animal Park
The Arboretum
The Garden of the Herbaria
The Garden of smell and touch
The Greenhouses
The Historic Rose Garden
The Path of Evolution
The Perennial Collection
The Ethnobotanical Gardens
The Seasonal Flower Beds
The Shrub Collection in Pots

Come and visit our permanent exhibition “Ethnobotanical Gardens” to discover the numerous connections that man had and still has today with the world of plants, sometimes without even realizing it.

Did you know for instance that the Velcro of your shoes is a Swiss invention inspired by the fruits of an edible plant, the burdock ? That the world’s most expensive spice comes from a variety of crocus cultivated in Upper Valais? Or that chewing gums were originally made from a vegetable gum ?

Many discoveries await you in our gardened flowerbeds which are organized around four main themes:

We share a compelling story with useful, wild or domesticated plants. Different aspects of it are presented in our new exhibition which is now supplemented since 2018 by our collection of useful plants from the Winter Garden.

As history shows us, man tends to best protect what he knows and uses… We therefore encourage you to learn more about plants and their uses ! It is an original and engaging way to familiarise yourselves with the vegetable kingdom.

Note : The best time to visit our new Ethnobotanical Gardens is between May and July (flowering period).