Events and entertainment
The Exotic Garden and its Botanic Centre
The Exotic Garden
Hugging the side of a hill, Monaco’s Exotic Garden is home to about a thousand different species of cacti and succulents covering an area of 11,500 square meters (about 3 acres).
The Exotic Garden is a major tourist attraction. A visiting circuit is sign-posted with information so that even non initiated visitors can learn about plants they often have never even heard of.
The entrance ticket to the Exotic Garden also gives access to the “Grotte de l’Observatoire” (Observatory Grotto) and the Museum of Anthropology.
The Exotic Garden can also be rented for different kinds of private events. Thanks to plants of unusual sizes and shape, the exceptional views it boasts over Port Hercule (Monaco’s Harbour), the Rock and the French and Italian Rivieras, the Exotic Garden is both a prestigious and original location for receptions and cocktail parties.
The Botanic Centre
In the first place, the Exotic Garden is a tourist attraction but it also plays an important role as a conservation site for cacti and succulent plants. Indeed, since 1960, greenhouses, located outside the garden, hold a very rare scientific heritage.
In 2017, those greenhouses, initially located just outside the Exotic Garden entrance in the direction of Cap d’Ail, have been moved to brand new premises facing the Garden. Conceptualised by the architects Fabrice Notari and Rudy Ricciotti, the new Botanic Centre was inaugurated on October 31st 2017 by H.S.H. Prince Albert II and the Mayor of Monaco, Georges Marsan after 2 years of intensive work.
10 500 plants (500 in planters and 10 000 in pots) have been transferred to the new greenhouses. A dedicated team of 7 gardeners is taking care of them, fulfilling two goals : the ex situ protection of this impressive collection of cacti and succulent plants, which are often rare and endangered specimen ; the propagation of some of those plants in order to integrate the Garden or to take part in international exhibitions.
Finally, the new Botanic Centre has also a cultural and tourist vocation since the greenhouses will soon offer public guided tours.