Conservatoire Botanique National

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Conservatoire Botanique National

Conservatoire Botanique National
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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4.5
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Excellent
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Very good
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Average
35
Poor
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Terrible
4

iljumittajjeb
Lanark, UK406 contributions
Conservatoire Botanique National
Sep 2019
Came here for a short visit but ended up spending the afternoon here. The gardens are very extensive, and we ensured we walked around all of the paths, as there are a few hidden corners. Our favourite was the succulents and cacti section - lots of birds around here, and weaver birds nesting in the trees just below next to the reservoir. One thing I would say though is that the signage disappears on the windy road up to the garden. On the way up was a tiny sign called jardin botanique which took us down a very steep track to a dead-end - obviously that's not it! The front of the property is further up the hill and has "Mascarin" in very big letters! From outside the gardens next to the church, there is a great view of the sea. We just managed some Creole pastries and tea before the Vieux Pressoir cafe closed.
Written October 12, 2019
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rizzy80
Bristol, UK659 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Oct 2019
It’s a climb up the hill by car lots of twists and turns but it’s worth it when you get there. Beautiful views with plenty of parking and the most beautiful entrance not forgetting the lovely church to the left which we visited afterwards.
Long sweeping steps up to an interesting house with a shop and rooms showing off art works. In another building there is a Restaurant overlooking a large pond with water lilies. All around are the gardens and you are free to roam or take a tour with a guide. We really enjoyed looking at the huge variety of all types of plants, trees and shrubs and took loads of photos. There are also great views looking down to the coast and you can see the paragliders floating like birds.
Written October 3, 2019
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PVK
Overijse, Belgium15 contributions
Splendid garden
Jul 2019
This was quite a discovery as not much publicity is being made. We went there for lunch basically and would stroll around a bit - at least that was the plan. Instead we spent almost the entire afternoon - astonished by the beauty and diversity of the plants and gardens. Lunch was great too by the way - try the local carry and the deserts (any desert...). Additional attraction : a continuous flow of paragliders taking a free sneak peak from above.
Written August 14, 2019
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Owen_thesaints
Kent553 contributions
A worthwhile visit
Sep 2017 • Couples
My wife and I visited this botanical garden during our month-long stay on Reunion Island. We toured each of the distinct areas, enjoying finding out more about the flora of this interesting island. Approaching from inland, it was not immediately obvious that the gate we initially took wasn't the entrance, which ended with us driving along narrow roadways / footpaths within the garden, much to the bemusement of the gardeners and the consternation of some of the visitors. Having been politely redirected to drive a further 200 metres down the road, we reached the well-signed entrance with copious parking. We walked around the different zones, taking in the palms, succulents, imported plants, orchards and those plants endemic to the island. There was a bamboo ravine, but sections of this were closed off for what appeared to be health and safety reasons. Unfortunately it rained heavily towards the end of the visit so we gave the area containing varieties of coffee plants a miss.

There was a small restaurant on-site but we chose not to eat there. The 'menu of the day' seems to be good value, although we didn't fancy the pork curry or rhubarb pie.

We felt that the garden was tidy and had plenty of interest for 2 - 3 hours. We opted to walk around unguided, making use of the pamphlet in English, rather than the French language guided tours which operate 2 or 3 times a day. 7 euros was a fair price for entry.
Written September 27, 2017
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Marie M
15 contributions
Nice
Mar 2017 • Family
Great garden wth beautiful trees and flowers, let s try the visit with guide. Take a lunch at the restaurant you can taste a new way of local products it s Amazing.
Written May 3, 2017
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16frogprince
Chambon-sur-Voueize, France85 contributions
A good motivation to learn more about trees and plants
Mar 2017 • Couples
After a long and winding road, you get to the church (unique stone building) and the gardens. We were especially impressed by the cacti (succulent plants) variety.

March may not be the best season (fewer fruit, fewer flowers) but the variety of trees forces you to learn about the different leaf shapes.
Written March 30, 2017
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BunkyVA
Keswick, VA404 contributions
Not worth the effort, except church
Jan 2017 • Couples
From coastline towns it's a 15 minute drive into mountains. The house is moderately attractive and a few plants around it quite beautiful. But everything on the rest of the grounds seemed dried out, even during wet season. Very little flowering. Maybe of interest to a botanist. The adjacent church is charming with a lovely interior, particularly the stained glass windows.
Written January 28, 2017
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dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,393 contributions
Great Variety, Educational
May 2015 • Couples
This botanic garden is a bit different from most others. It is built on a hill side so requires a certain amount of mildly strenuous walking. The exhibits are split into various sections. Some, like the coffee section, could use some more labelling. Others, like the Arid Section, are truly spectacular. The plants are generally well tended. The native plant section is interesting and educational. The orchid area could use just a bit of help.

Watch the weather closely when visiting. Because it is on the mountainside, rains do come in (and can be heavy) in the afternoons.
Written June 18, 2015
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Piers G
Maidstone, UK49 contributions
Nice mix of tree varieties with chameleons
Apr 2014 • Family
The old house is nice but it is the 7 different gardens and orchid house that are the main attraction. The kids weren't too eager at first but as soon as we had spotted a chameleon in the he second garden we visited then their attitude changed completely - it was amazing to see these in the wild (if you do go please make sure you turn off your flash before taking any photos as the flash blinds them and they cannot look for food and then die).

The garden with the fruit trees was a hit also with the kids. The other gardens contain bamboos, local trees, palms, and cacti (be aware the cacti have lots of spiderwebs of them with some very large spiders).

The best place to find the chameleons is in the fern and orchid house.
Written April 23, 2014
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FPortier
Paris, France5 contributions
Very beautiful park
Jul 2012 • Family
A very beautiful garden, containing many plants from the island, ranging from orchids to euphorbia, palm trees, fruit, flowers and bamboos....The staff is both nice and competent.
Written August 8, 2012
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