When the University was founded in the 15th century, it was already established that a botanical garden is essential for teaching medicine to students. However, the funds being insufficient, the project was only realised much later : the first ?Jardin Royal de la Ville de Poitiers? is created in the early years of the 17th century, in the rue des Basses-Treilles (today rue de la Marne), next to the Carmelite convent.
Moved several times, the botanical gardens were definitively placed in the 1860s along the road to Limoges (today boulevard Chasseigne), strategically close to the medical school built in the rue de l'Hôtel-Dieu.
Today, the botanical part of the garden shows a large sample of medicinal, aromatic or alimentary plants, carefully classified and labelled. The garden is also composed of a large park planted with shrubs, hundred year old trees, and rare varieties (ginkgo biloba, deodar cedar, baldcypress, etc.). A greenhouse conserves different species of cacti and orchids.
Opening hours :
Summer (April 1st - September 30)
7 am - 8 pm
8 am until nightfall