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Petit but Very Nice!

By Alternativeeden @markngaz

Whenever we visit a city we find out first if they have a botanical garden that will be convenient to visit. Our trip to Geneva was no exception and they do have a botanical garden that is rather centrally located, or at least a twenty minute leisurely walk from Mont Blanc bridge. 

Petit but Very Nice! Geneva Botanical Garden is bordered to the east by Lake Geneva and is directly connected by beautiful parks at the city's right bank (Quai Wilson lake promenade). It is worth bypassing public transport and just walk along the bank towards the botanical garden from the old town as the sceneries going there are beautiful. The botanical garden turned out to be much, much better than we anticipated. In fact it is one of the nicest ones we have been to in Europe apart from the UK. It is petit but very nice! You can tell that it is a well funded one, not surprising considering that Geneva is a very affluent city in the first place. We spent a wonderful afternoon there exploring it's several glasshouses and outdoor spaces. To start of a series of features is a quick look at the first glasshouse we saw as we entered this lovely garden - the Temperate Glasshouse.

Petit but Very Nice!

A compact yet pretty glasshouse

A Phoenix canariensis is right in front of the main entrance to this glasshouse which is probably just wheeled straight in to it during the winter months.

Petit but Very Nice!

Looking back from the entrance

Then looking in you are greeted by towering plants.
Petit but Very Nice!
Petit but Very Nice!
Each alcove is designated it's own climactic zone and planting scheme. Their plant collection is modest but they are well maintained.
Petit but Very Nice!

Petit but Very Nice!

Petit but Very Nice!

Petit but Very Nice!

Petit but Very Nice!

Petit but Very Nice!

Petit but Very Nice!

Petit but Very Nice!
And then there's the canopy/elevated walkway...
Petit but Very Nice!

Petit but Very Nice!

Petit but Very Nice!

Petit but Very Nice!

Petit but Very Nice!
From there you get a different view of their 'spiky zones'...
Petit but Very Nice!

Petit but Very Nice!
After a good look around it was time to explore the other areas. Looking back...
Petit but Very Nice!
Petit but very nice! Mark :-)

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