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The Glasshouses in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris - Re-openning to the public in June 2010

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

General view of renovation works with a carpenter in the foreground

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

High angle view showing building work on the access ramp

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

View of the interior during renovation

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

General view of the renovation works with a cement mixer in the foreground

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

High angle view showing an access ramp being constructed outside the glass and metal structure. In the background the Tropical Rainforest Glasshouse and the roof of the Desert and Arid Land Glasshouse are visible

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

Low angle view showing a concrete mixer in front of the glass and metal structure which is reflecting the late afternoon light

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly Australian Glasshouse)

View from behind of a builder working on a new glass and iron door to the passageway between the Plant History Glasshouse and the incubators

Desert and Arid Lands Glasshouse

Gardeners filling the troughs in which the cactuses will be planted with a mixture of loam and sand

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

Detail of windows reflecting the late afternoon light

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly Australian Glasshouse)

Detail of a corner in the glass and metalic structure with diamond-shaped decorations and a small window, the incubators (on the left of the picture) being reflected in the glass structure under this winter midday light

Tropical Rainforest Glasshouse (formerly Le Jardin d'Hiver or Winter Gardens)

Panoramic view from inside the cave in the Art Deco style building, showing the rockpool surrounded by luxuriant Tropical vegatation. And on the right of the picture the entrance to the cave

"As soon as I entered the glasshouses in the Jardin des Plantes and saw the strange plants from exotic countries, I felt as if I had walked into a dream" Le Douanier Rousseau. The Glasshouses in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris which have been under restoration for over six years, will re-open to the public in June 2010. An Art Deco gem, The Tropical Rainforest Glasshouse, formerly known as the Winter Gardens, was built in 1936 by the architect Rene Berger and is to be found in all its splendour at the far North West of the Jardin des Plantes. Behind it the twin sisters, The New Caledonia and the Plant History Glasshouses, previously known as the Mexican Hothouse and the Australian Glasshouse, are the oldest Glasshouses in the world of such large proportions. Built in 1834 by Charles Rohault de Fleury, pioneer in the use of metal in architecture, even earlier than Gustave Eiffel, they are true prototypes for the design of modern glasshouses. A historic centre of research into biodiversity, the glasshouses were also the inspiration for the famous "Jungles" paintings of Le Douanier Rousseau.