What Is The Jardin Anglais?
The Jardin Anglais was added by the lake in the early 1850s to improve the wooden harbor’s visual aesthetics. It was the first English-style park in the city of Geneva. It has fresh grass, copses, rotundas, winding paths, tree huddles, and a huge fountain that is just as charming today as it was when it was first put in. The bandstand area hosts a lot of concerts in the evenings throughout the summer.
The garden is located on the south shore of Lake Geneva right below Geneva’s Old Town. This beautiful little park is site of the famous Horlage Fleurie (a clock made out of flowers), a gorgeous fountain, and picturesque statues. You could spend a whole day here just hanging out and taking in the scenery, but you will probably have a better time if you take your camera along. There is nothing like an English-style park in Switzerland. You get the best of two of the most beautiful things on earth (English design/architecture and the Swiss landscape).
Nearly 20% of Geneva is just covered in parks, but the most popular park by far is Jardin Anglais. The English translation of Jardin Anglais is “English Garden”. The garden is in the perfect spot on Lake Geneva. It has been a meeting point for tourists and locals alike since the early 1850s, and its beautiful trees, sculptures, and fountains by the noteworthy artists of the city evoke the elegance of a bygone time when people used to take things just a little bit slower. Be sure to check out the bandstand in the warmer months to check out some great concerts.
Some other highlights of the English Garden include a big national monument that commemorates Geneva becoming a part of the Swiss Confederation in 1814, but more than five decades the main attraction has been the clock made out of flowers, which is one of the most well-known symbols of the city. Nowadays, it’s a quirkily eccentric display, with some of the numerals sitting outside of the “clock”. The passing of time isn’t only marked by the hands of the clock, but also by seasonal flowers that make up the floral arrangement. At about three years, the second hand is the longest one on earth. This garden is a must-see if you’re in Geneva, and there’s no reason you should miss it in lieu of architecture or events. It’s a delightful little garden.
Jardin Anglais Photo Gallery
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