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The Orangery of Jussieu

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The Orangery of Jussieu



Botanical experiments during the XVII century

In 1759, at the request of Louis XV, a famous botanist, Bernard de Jussieu, created a botanical garden and built the largest hothouses in Europe, known today as Jussieu’s Orangery, at Trianon. With the gardeners Claude and Antoine Richard, he carried out experiments on the acclimatization of exotic or rare plants: geraniums, strawberries, pineapples, fig trees of the Indies, coffee, rice, tobacco, etc.

In 1774, the creation of Marie-Antoinette’s English garden replaced the botanical garden. The garden of Jussieu which included up to 4,000 varieties of rare flowers and plants was transferred to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

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