The Paul Jovet Botanical Garden opens its doors
29 May 2008
This unique 2.5 hectare garden is located on a rocky cliff top 50m above the Atlantic Ocean in the south-west of France. Well-known French botanist Paul Jovet first imagined a protected area here in the 1980’s. The garden was designed in 1991 and, after a long wait, finally created over the last five years. It provides a sanctuary for the local flora which was becoming increasingly threatened by the encroaching human development in the area.
The garden displays a wide range of plant habitats vital for the protection of local flora. It extends to the coastal shore and cliffs, providing a haven for these delicate ecosystems. There are also indigenous pine and oak forests and wetland areas. Collections of perennials, shrubs and trees from around the world, which are able to cope with the tough climate, are also kept in the gardens.
Les Amis du Jardin botanique littoral Paul Jovet is the association that runs the garden. It has 160 members and
many of these take a hands-on approach in developing and maintaining the garden. There is a strong focus on using Basque language in all signage to try and preserve the local culture as well as the local flora.
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