Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden : The Lautaret pass is located in the marvellous area of the glaciers of La Meije (3983 m) and the Ecrins National Park. It is known for long for its remarkable biological diversity (flora and fauna). At 2100 meters of altitude, the Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden was created 100 years ago by Grenoble University. The extraordinary beauty and the infinite diversity of mountain plants from the five continents is presented in an area of 5 acres and from June to September around 25,000 visitors discover more than 2,000 species distributed according to their country of origin (Alps, Colorado, Caucasus, Himalayas, Japan, Arctic, Andes, South Africa, etc...) and to their ecology (grasslands, screes, swamps...). The richness of the collections presented in landscaped rock gardens integrated in the natural landscape make it one of the most famous mountain gardens in Europe.
The alpine garden is also involved in programs of conservation of endangered mountain species and in programs of investigations on the adaptations of alpine plants to extreme conditions that occur at high altitude. Created in : 1899
Surface : 2 ha