The oldest French garden
A bit of History
The Montpellier Botanical Garden, the oldest in France, was created in 1593 by Pierre Richer de Belleval, a young doctor, under the orders of Henri IV, in order to develop health through medicinal plants. Devastated in 1622 during the siege of Montpellier by the army of Louis XIII, it was restored in 1629. The greatest botanists succeeded one another at its direction.
In the 18th century, it was refurbished by F. Boissier de Sauvages. From the end of the century, it was open to walks by Montpellier residents.
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries it experienced a period of rebirth and development. Property of the State, it is currently managed by the University of Montpellier I.