Parks of Paris: Jardin des Plantes

In our last Parks of Paris post, we visited the magical Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Let’s take the 45 minute Metro ride to the 5th arrondissement and the location of the Jardin des Plantes. This botanical garden not only has row after row of beautiful blooming flowers, but also a zoo and 4 museums! They include the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, the Mineralogy Museum, the Paleontology Museum and the Entomology Museum. Let’s take a tour!

Helpful signage showing the different sections of the garden

This park isn’t too difficult to find from the Metro station Jussieu, owing to the plentiful signs as you exit the station. This park is pretty vast though, but unlike the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont where it can be difficult to orient oneself within the park, the Jardin des Plantes is much more straight-forward and easy to navigate.

It’s easy to spot the focal point in the gardens, the Grande Galerie de l’évolution. This stately building provides the perfect backdrop for all the colorful flowers and trees.

The Grande Galerie de l’evolution in the background

Although I went in the fall, the flowers were still in full bloom and the gardens were well-maintained, so even if you can’t visit Paris or this garden in the spring or summer, rest assured that this picture-perfect scene will still be there!


Even without the backdrop of the Grande Galerie de l’évolution, the carefully curated gardens are still breathtaking.

A view looking backwards, away from the Grande Galerie de l’evolution

But of course, you want to spend as much time looking at the architecture surrounded by its meticulous grounds. This is a great place to get some inspiration for your own gardens (or dream gardens surrounding your private chateau)!


Walking even closer to the Grande Galerie de l’evolution provides another different photo opportunity. It must take hours of work to make this garden look so vibrant!


Don’t forget to explore the areas away from the Grande Galerie de l’evolution. The care of the trees also are painstakingly maintained to create a magical yet serene path to the exit.


There’s so much to do at the Jardin des Plantes that you can definitely spend a whole day here. I haven’t visited the zoo or the museums yet, but it’s on my itinerary the next time I’m in Paris!


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