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

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

Reflection of the glass and metal roof structure in the pool at the bottom of the cave

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

Luxuriant vegetation around the pool at the bottom of the cave

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

Low angle view of Tropical leaves with the cave in the background

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

View of the luxuriant Tropical vegetation

Incubators

Display of orchids on the second floor

Incubators

Atmospheric low angle view of plants against a wall with a porthole window

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

View of the luxuriant Tropical vegetation

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

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly Australian Glasshouse)

Low angle view of luxuriant Tropical vegetation

Incubators

Atmospheric low angle view of hanging plants and porthole window, showing the protective sun awnings beneath the glass roofs

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

Low angle view of the vaulted metalic roof structure above the Tropical plants growing below

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly Australian Glasshouse)

Detail of young bamboo shoots

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly Australian Glasshouse)

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

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

Low angle view of a Banana Musa Tree at the entrance of the Art Deco building

"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.