- An extraordinary garden to discover the diversity of wild and cultivated plants
- A preserved landscape and architectural ensemble in the heart of the city
- A showcase for biodiversity
In the heart of Dijon, this garden like no other offers walkers a delightful stroll through the world of plant biodiversity. The school of botany offers, using living plants (more than 500 species and plant varieties), to discover and better understand wild and cultivated biodiversity. How do humans influence this diversity through their production and consumption practices?
It is a typical "French garden" in its order and rigour, composed of
- an arboretum designed like an English garden with its winding paths, statues and tree species from the five continents;
- a rose garden with 300 varieties of ancient and modern roses as well as wild species.
... but also flower meadows, a rock garden, insect "hotels", a pond with a beautiful collection of anatidae, children's playgrounds, an open-air theatre... all mark out your route.
A garden for everyone
A walk in the Arboretum is proposed, accessible to the visually impaired (tactile path), which allows them, thanks to adapted signs, to discover 10 particular trees by their touch, their history, their trunk or their bark.
Biodiversity defines the living world, in all its variety and diversity. Taking into account "urban nature" is a recent development. Many wild animal and plant species are present in cities, but their numbers are often reduced. Fragmentation and the scarcity of suitable spaces are weakening this biodiversity. Yet biodiversity is a relevant indicator of the quality of the urban environment and is an essential component of sustainable development. The Jardin de l'Arquebuse is coordinating a community-wide programme to raise awareness of urban biodiversity in Dijon, particularly the role of pollinating insects. This project focuses on the knowledge and protection of these wild and domestic bees, syrphids, bumblebees and butterflies in the area, using the Participatory Observatory and through educational activities: photographic monitoring, setting up a "flowering meadow" composed of indigenous plants in the Jardin de l'Arquebuse, workshops for making "pollinator insect hotels".
Each year, there are two "biodiversity" events not to be missed: the "Nature and Biodiversity Festival" in May and the "APIdays, Bee Festival" in June.