Scientific gardening with altitude

Jules Allemand gave Jardin Alpin La Jaÿsinia waterfalls and fountains; The garden today serves as ]an important laboratory for research

Jane Hanks visits the Haute-Savoie botanical garden created by the founder of the La Samaritaine department store

In the Alps at Samoëns (Haute-Savoie) there is a garden which you can visit all year round – as long as there is not too much snow – to see a collection of mountain flowers from all over the world.

The Jardin Alpin La Jaÿsinia is one of the gardens attached to the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle for botanical research, and it has a collection of 2,871 species from all five continents, including edelweiss, gentian and an important collection of peonies.

The site is spread over 3.7 hectares and your visit takes you on a path that snakes up the steep mountain slope with an 80m climb from bottom to top, with magnificent views. As you walk you can see the blue thistle from Iran, crocuses from the Balkans, the Bloodroot from Canada, (which has a white flower, but red sap), the Toad Lily from Japan and the ...

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