1 October 15 | kvh | Leave a comment A beautiful stroll in late September through the Jardin des Plantes when visiting Montpellier. Created in 1593 by order of Henri IV, the Jardin des Plantes is the oldest botanical garden in France – the Jardin des Plantes in Paris was not made until 1626. Pierre Richer de Belleval, a professor of botany and anatomy at the medical school of the University of Montpellier (which still maintains the site) – was charged with creating a garden of about 1 hectare for students at the medical school to study medicinal herbs. The gardens now extend to 4.5 hectares and are still used for scientific study as well as offering a peaceful oasis within the oldest part of Montpellier. What caught my eye? – Fabulous Lagerstroemia indica – the ‘crepe myrtle’ as it is known here in the UK – a mass of pink, ruffled-like-crepe, flowers. Heptacodium miconioides – ‘the seven sons tree’ – bearing pannicles of fragrant white flowers Brugmansia (possibly x candida ‘Grand Marnier’ ?) with enormous apricot-coloured flowers and wavy-edged leaves, towering over our heads. Punica granatum var ‘Nana’ – the ‘dwarf pomegranate’ – which here is a shrub but there was a good sized tree. An exquisite glasshouse jam-packed with cacti and succulents A hot fiery orange salvia – not sure which – if anyone has any idea then do please let me know. Photos of all of these – and more – below.