Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen de Porquerolles , F 83400 Ile de Porquerolles ( last change : 31.08.2017 15:24:21 )

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Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen de Porquerolles
34 avenue Gambetta,,
F- 83400 Ile de Porquerolles
Phone : Tel : 00 33 4 94 16 61 40     04 94 12 30 40
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The Conservatoire botanique national méditerranéen de Porquerolles (180 hectares) is a national conservatory and botanical garden located within the Parc National de Port-Cros on Porquerolles in the Îles d´Hyères, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d´Azur, France. Active conservation on Porquerolles began in 1971 when the state bought 80% of the island to protect it from development. The conservatory itself was founded in 1979 and became a Conservatoire botanique national in 1990 to serve the French Mediterranean regions of Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, and the Côte d´Azur.

Today the conservatory manages 180 hectares of agricultural land, as well as three vineyards, and preserves several collections of rare varieties of olive trees (more than 500 trees with some 120 varieties), fruit trees including stone fruit and citruses, mulberry, fig trees (300 varieties), and palm trees, with a particular emphasis on heritage varieties that serve as a gene reserve. It also conserves some 2,000 plant genes in its seed bank. Porquerolles is a veritable paradise in the spring when the bushes come into bloom (cisites, myrtles, white heath, ficoids) turning the island into an immense scented bouquet. The village has kept its typical character from the time it was built, while today all the services and shops that might be needed can be found.

Opening hours :
The park’s office in the “Jardin Emmanuel LOPEZ”, just outside the village, on the road to the lighthouse, accomodates the reception and information facility for the park and the Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen de Porquerolles. It is opened daily from April to October.



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