The Garden of Plants and Nature in Porto-Novo

(Jardin des Plantes et de la Nature - JPN)

Arboretum The ancestor of the Jardin des Plantes et de la Nature is the sacred grove of the kingdom of Porto-Novo. In 1895, part of the forest was changed into a botanical garden by the French governor of the colony of Dahomey, whose residence was alongside the grove. In 1905, it contained 630 species of trees over a surface area of 6,30 hectares divided into Garden 1, Garden 2 and Garden 3.

After independence, the decline of the garden began. The extension of the administrative buildings led to the reduction of Gardens 2 and 3, and to the total disappearance of Garden 1. Lack of maintenance aggravated the loss of biological diversity of the garden, which had become an inhospitable wasteland, containing only 300 species in 1998.

It was in order to end this decline that the garden was put under EPA management in 1998 by the Benin Ministry of Agriculture with a view to opening it to the public.


The Jardin des Plantes et de la Nature is now organised around two sites of unequal surface:

Opening hours:

The JPN opens at 13h on bank holidays.
Closed on Mondays and January 1st.
Price (F CFA)
Days / Hours

1- 1- Musée des plantes (Museum of Plants)
- Guided visits

- Pedagogic visit
(only for schoolchildren and students, on appointment)

- Free visit




Tuesday to Sunday 10h to 18h

4 guided visits per day: 10h, 11h30, 15h, 16h30. Duration of visit: 1h30
2- Restaurant
- Starters
- Main course
- Pudding

500 to 1000
1.800 to 2.500
500 to 1000
Tuesday to Sunday 10h to 20h30

3- Bar Tuesday to Thursday 10h to 21h, Friday to Sunday 10h to 22h
4- Pedagogic workshops (school groups) July - August 2011
5- Conferences-debates on different themes (youths and schoolchildren) Every month
6- Do-it-yourself workshop (children, teenagers) Every Saturday
7- Vacances Culture (children, teenager) July-September 2011
8- Appointment of the month: storytelling, dance, music, theatre, films, ... (for all) All year round
9- Awale contest (adults) May 2011
10- Cultural activities Depends on event and programme 10h to 00h or 06h

Children visiting

Since it opened the number of visitors has never ceased to rise. In the last two years for example, it went from 3 362 visitors in 2008 to 5 282 in 2009.

Curator :
Franck OGOU
Tel. (229) 20 21 38 66
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