Just outside the center of Rouen, the Jardin des Plantes (Botanical Garden) is a garden for all the year. The 25-acre park celebrates the spring season with irises and tumbling wisteria, camellias and rhododendrons. In summer the air is full of the delicate scent of hundreds of roses; autumn sees wonderful foliage colors and gold chrysanthemums. In winter, you can plunge into the tropical hothouses for more exotic plants and flowers.
There’s a picnic area, somewhere children can play and this being France, even an area reserved for games of boules.
Botanical Gardens, Rouen, Normandy114 ter, Ave des Martyrs de la Resistance
Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 43 18 21 30
Website (in French)
Open daily. Summer: 9:30am-8pm; winter 8am to dusk
Getting to the Botanical Garden
- By car: Leave Rouen by avenue de Bretagne
- By bus: 7, 12, t54, 32, 31 to Dufay or Jardin des Plantes