NOTICE TO VISITORS
Due to extensive excavation work around the administration building in the spring of 2022, the Courtyard of the Senses had to be dismantled, and the plants it contained were relocated.
We know that this space is very highly appreciated by citizens and we are considering offering a similar experience elsewhere in the Jardin botanique inside the paying zone. As part of the Master Plan, we are aiming for a comprehensive approach to accessibility that will better meet the needs of visitors to this garden.
Major repair work to come at the Jardin botanique
“The essential is invisible for the eyes.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.
Smell, touch, listen with your eyes closed! The Courtyard of the Senses lets visitors discover a garden with all senses other than sight. They will be encouraged to smell, touch and listen, preferably with their eyes closed! The 500 m2 space is intended for visually impaired visitors, but also for everyone interested in seeing a garden in a new way. It is divided into four sections, each of them featuring carefully selected plants allowing visitors to explore different sensations, from soft to rough, prickly and sticky.
At the heart of the Courtyard is a fountain, producing soothing sounds and serving as an audible reference point. With all the plants laid out within touching or smelling distance, and its information panels in French, English and Braille, this easily accessible garden is sure to be a favourite with visually impaired visitors.