- 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, from living plants (more than 500 species and plant varieties), to discover and better understand the wild and cultivated biodiversity. How do humans influence this diversity through their production and consumption practices?
It is a typical "French garden" with its order and rigour, composed of
- an arboretum designed as an English garden with its winding paths, its statues, its 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 birds of prey, 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. However, biodiversity is a relevant indicator of the quality of the urban environment and is an essential component of sustainable development. The Jardin des Sciences is coordinating a community-wide program to raise awareness of urban biodiversity in Dijon, particularly the role of pollinating insects. This project focuses on the knowledge and protection of wild and domestic bees, syrphids, bumblebees and butterflies in the area, using the Participatory Observatory and educational activities: photographic monitoring, setting up a "flowery meadow" composed of native plants in the Jardin de l'Arquebuse, workshops on the construction of "pollinator insect hotels".
Each year, there are two "biodiversity" events not to be missed: in May, the "Nature and Biodiversity Festival" and in June, the "APIdays, Bee Festival".