Jardin Anglais, Geneva
Returning back to the city from Jet d’Eau I walked along the shore of Geneva lake (pic1), on my left I noticed a small peaceful park. It’s Jardin Anglais (English Garden) that was built in 1854 in british style and houses some small paths to stroll into, some fountains and sculptures (pic 3) and of course some benches to relax before you continue exploring Geneva. During the summer months you may catch a festival in the park with concerts etc
But the most interesting attraction of the park is the beautiful floral clock(L’Horloge Fleurie) (pic 4) which usually has some tourists posing in front of it :) The clock (don’t forget that Switzerland is famous for its clock industry) was created in 1955 with 5metres in diameter (seconds hand is about 2,5m long) consisting of 6,500 plants. Nothing more to add about it, I guess the gardeners must be busy most seasons, for me it was just a nice way to check the time :)
Finally just next to the park I noticed the National Monument (pic 5) that is a reference to Geneva’s accession to Swiss Confederation in 1814
Le Jardin Anglais or English Garden is a peaceful garden built in 1854 with English architectural designs. A stroll through the park after the tiring tour of the city is a perfect revitalizer. The terrace area overlooking the harbor offers a marvelous view. Although the fountains in the garden are a sight that cannot be missed, the main attraction of the garden is the magnificent floral clock.
Geneva's big festival had just wrapped up the night before so the entire area along the quays and inside the Jardin Anglais (English garden) was littered with festival tents and electrical wiring which made the area rather unattractive. I'm sure when all of that is gone that the lakeside area and gardens are lovely.
True to French tradition, Geneva has many gardens. The Jardin Anglais (English Gardens) are along the shore of the lake. This is a nice place for a stroll. There is a famous floral clock, a gazebo, a fountain, and many flowerbeds and walkways. There are places to sit in the sun and places to sit in the shade. After exploring the garden, a pathway continues along the south shore of the lake. There were many flowerbeds (especially rosebushes )and a long strip of green area that makes an ideal walking path. It also leads to the area to get close to the Jet d' Eau,
Liad out at the foot of the old town and on the lakeside. the entrance is marked by a large floral clock, much photgraphed by tourists. It was created in 1955 to extol the virtues of the Swiss clockmaking traditions. It is made up of 6,500 plants. The nearby national monument nearby commemorates Geneva's accession to the Swiss confederation in 1814.
If I am honest, it is a littrle disappoiting.
If you've seen the movie Syriana, you may recognize this fountain as the one Matt Damon's son is playing in near the beginning. Apart from being a high profile Hollywood movie location, this is also a nice place to find some shade and relax on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Le Jardin Anglais (English Garden) is located behind the Flower Clock and just next to the Lake.Is another nice place to take a break and see the beautiful views of the lake and buildings around.
This City is (like so many other big cities) divied into two parts and of course there are many bridges to reach one half or the other...
There is de PONT DE LA MACHINE where you can find THE TOURIST INFORMATION office, les Ponts de l"ile, le Pont des Bergues and of course the wide (and windy end cold) Pont du Mont Blanc with its view on de Fountain, le JET D'EAU and the wide water of the Lac (Lake).......
Near this Bridge is le JARDIN ANGLAIS where I greeted these two voluptuous figures each time I passed!
Jardin Anglais is within short walking distance from Jet d'Eau Geneva.
It has the famous flower clock, Monument National
Flower clock is 5 metres in diameter and 17.7m in circumference!
The English Garden, which skirts the left bank of the lake, is one of Geneva's most lively parks. It was created in 1854 and regularly enlarged and embellished.
Walk in Jardin L'Anglais, take a look on the famous swiss flour clock, enjoy the sight of the swans, walk on Mont Blanc keys.....