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Jardin botanique littoral de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz

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The Jardin botanique littoral Paul Jovet (2.5 hectares) is a nonprofit botanical garden located at 31, avenue Bernoville Gaëtan, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France. It is open several days per week in the warmer months; an admission fee is charged.

The garden was first envisioned in the 1980s by French botanist Paul Jovet (1896-1991) of the National Museum of Natural History in Biarritz. Its first landscaping and pond excavation took place in 1991, with first trees planted in 1996 and plant exchanges begun in 2003. In 2008 it opened to the public.

The garden focuses on regional flora and the seacoast's natural environment. It is set atop a rocky cliff about 50 meters above the Atlantic Ocean, conserves indigenous oak-pine forests and wetland areas, and provides a range of plant habitats for local flora. The grounds are organized as follows: magnolia collection, plants from five continents, useful garden, Atlantic oaks, rock garden, coastal heathland, cliff plants, botanical squares, dunes, wetlands, and coastal oak-pine forest.
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  • We went to a talk on using plants as an insecticide / pesticide. Very well prepared presentation with practical advice and guidance. We also got a short trip into the gardens which were bursting... 
    We went to a talk on using plants as an insecticide / pesticide. Very well prepared presentation with practical advice and guidance. We also got a short trip into the gardens which were bursting...  more »
  • The garden has been badly neglected. Dead plants, parts of plants dead, plants overgrown. On 1 Sep 18 almost nothing was in bloom and little to see. Someone needs to fix this place up. On the... 
    The garden has been badly neglected. Dead plants, parts of plants dead, plants overgrown. On 1 Sep 18 almost nothing was in bloom and little to see. Someone needs to fix this place up. On the...  more »
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  • Small but well laid out gardens just off the coastal path. The pond area was great with dragonfly’s buzzing over the reeds. Views along the coast were great and we sat and took them in while eating our picnic. The cost was minimal and we enjoyed the rest of the gardens, especially the mini labyrinth, which the kids ran round again and again!
  • Not exactly Wisley, but it’s cheap and there’s a few nice views. We saw a snake which was cool (and thé high point)

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