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

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly Australian Glasshouse)

Panoramic view of the glasshouse seen in a morning light with the seeds incubators (called "les couveuses") on the left

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly Mexican glasshouse)

Detail of the metal and glass structure seen in the late afternoon winter light.

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

Panoramic view of the glass and metal roof structure of the Art Deco style glasshouse with luxuriant tropical foliage, seen from the cave.

Tropical rainforest glasshouse (formerly Art Deco wintergarden called Le jardin d'hiver)

Low angle view of the main Art Deco entrance with the reflection of a late afternoon cloudy sky.

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly Australian Glasshouse)

View of the glass and iron roof, seen from the first floor, arching above the plants growing below

Plant History Glasshouse (formerly Australian Glasshouse)

Glass and iron structure reflecting the winter early morning light. To the left is the small annexe building containing the passage between the Plant History Glasshouse and the incubators.

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

Glass and metal structures in the late afternoon light reflecting the Plant History Glasshouse

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

Main Art Deco style entrance consisting of pillars in luminescent glass paste seen in the morning light

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

Detail of reflections in the glass window showing trees in the Jardin des Plantes and through the windows the foliage within, combining to make an abtract pattern

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

Main Art Deco style entrance with its glass columns lit at dawn

New Caledonia Glasshouse (formerly The Mexican Hothouse)

Glass and metal structures reflecting the winter sunrise

"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.