EM Heckel Botanical Garden

The botanical garden EM Heckel (12,000 m²), also known as the Botanical Garden of Marseille and the Borély Botanical Garden of Marseille , is a municipal botanical gardenlocated in the Borély Park at 48, Avenue Clot Bey, Marseille , Bouches-du-Rhône , Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur , France . It is open daily except Monday; admission fee is charged.


The garden is Marseille’s fourth botanical garden. Its first was established by Rene of Anjou near the Saint-Victor Abbey as the Botanical Garden of the Carthusians . The second was inaugurated in 1802 by Joséphine de Beauharnais and directed by M. Gouffé of the Court, but disappeared in 1856 to make way for a railway. The garden was then re-established in the Borély Park , on the site of today’s rose garden, but was quickly judged too small by its director, Dr. Edouard Marie Heckel , and in 1913 the garden was relocated and named in his honor.

The garden contains over 3,500 species , arranged in a garden of medicinal plants, a traditional Chinese garden donated by the city of Shanghai in 2004, palmetum (palm garden), garden vines, garden of succulents , Mediterranean garden, and a Japanese garden . Of particular interest is a greenhouse of 300 species of South African flora.

See also

  • List of botanical gardens in France


  • EM Heckel Botanical Garden
  • Gralon.net description (English)
  • Parks and Gardens in France description (English)
  • Documentation Provence entry (French)
  • Little Fuck description (English)
  • Bloc.com description (French)

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