Jardin du Lautaret: a new summer meeting place at the summit !

Scientific culture, Culture
June 4, 2022 - September 4, 2022
This summer, in the grandiose setting of the Meije glaciers, discover the 2,000 species of flowers native to the Alps and to mountains the world over at the Jardin du Lautaret. You can also experience the height of the mountain with nearly thirty cultural events at the summit!
On 4 June, the Jardin du Lautaret opened its doors to the public for a new summer season. Located on the Lautaret pass at an altitude of 2,100 meters, facing the Meije glaciers and bordering the Écrins national park, this exceptional garden brings together more than 2,000 species of mountain flowers from all over the world and a hundred or so landscaped beds.

Created in 1899 by botanist Jean-Paul Lachmann, this alpine garden of Université Grenoble Alpes and the CNRS is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Europe. In 2019, it celebrated its 120th anniversary!

A world tour in 80... minutes

Until 4 September 2022, on the two hectares of landscaping of the botanical garden and a maze of small paths, you can make (much faster than Phileas Fogg), a journey through most of the mountainous areas of the planet: Alps, Pyrenees, Caucasus, Balkans, Atlas, Sierra Nevada, Himalayas, Andes, Japan, Siberia ... In addition to medicinal mountain plants such as arnica, rare plants such as the Alpine blue thistle or the famous Himalayan blue poppy, you can also discover the flora of the scree, lawns and rocks of this exceptional site.

A cultural season at the top

Conferences, workshops, visits, shows, debates, concerts in partnership with the Messiaen Festival, exhibitions... The Jardin du Lautaret offers again this year a rich cultural season. Between science, tourism and the dissemination of knowledge, some thirty events are organized between 18 June and 26 August 2022.

A place of discovery and science

The Jardin du Lautaret is also an important place for research. Today, it reconciles public access and research on the impact of global changes on mountain ecosystems and territories. Some thirty teams of researchers from all over the world are working on three main areas: climate and ecosystem functionality; dynamics of mountain territories; biology of adaptations and evolutionary ecology.

So much research, questioning and scientific history to be discovered in the museographic space and by following the "discovery and science" panels scattered throughout the garden.
Published on  July 20, 2022
Updated on July 20, 2022