Photographer's Note

The Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden was created in 1899 by the combined initiative of the Touring Club of France, the Scientific University of Grenoble and Mr Bonnabel, hotel manager at the Lautaret pass.

First situated at the pass itself, it was moved in 1919 to permit the construction of the road to the Galibier pass.

During its long life, the garden experienced many hazards: abandonment, and burning of the PLM hotel in 1944 (the ruins are still visible next to the garden entrance).

The garden has three roles:
1- Presentation of plants to the public(notably the diversity of mountain plants: forms, colours, geographical origins, adaptations…)
2- Conservation of endangered plants (such as the Eryngium alpinum) and the education of the public for the protection of plants and habitats.
3- Investigations carried out with the nearby chalet-laboratory on the strategies used by mountain plants to cope with multiple environmental stresses.

Extract from the garden pamphlet

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