Experiences

Saussurea Alpine Garden

A botanical garden at an altitude of over 2,000 meters, where you can admire over 900 alpine plants

The Saussurea Alpine Botanical Garden is one of the world’s highest natural gardens. 

The Saussurea Alpine Botanical Garden is one of the highest in the world

Saussurea gets its name from the Saussurea alpina flower, so named in honour of the Geneva-born scientist Horace Benedict de Saussure who, among other things, promoted the first ascent of Mont Blanc in 1786.

The garden covers 6,500 square meters and hosts a selection of alpine plants from mountain chains around the world.
The more than 900 species are displayed in rockeries, and divided up on the basis of geographical origin and high-altitude natural environments.

Visitors will enjoy Laura Pugno’s Exhibit of Records near the Garden – an installation carried out thanks to JardinAlp, a Europe Interreg territorial cooperation programme

If we search for “conquests” in the vegetable world, we discover that the mountain itself holds some records. 6 flags, hoisted to signal a height record, depicting as many vascular plants that were spotted for the first time at previously unimaginable heights (at an altitude of over 6,000) in 2016.

Each flag draws onlookers’ gazes upwards, towards the far-off heights that have always been and still are an object of desire, arousing curiosity and admiration by virtue of their distance. But these flags also remind us that the record height attained by the vascular plants is a warning.