VISIT A REMARKABLE GARDEN “LA JAYSINIA”
Classified «Remarkable Garden of France», the Jardin botanique alpin de la Jaÿsinia, with its 2400 varieties of plants, offers a poetic walk through the alpine flora and the plants from the mountains of the 5 continents.
Strolling along the paths of this new art -inspired botanical garden, which connects the mountains with the countryside, is one of the pleasures offered to those who discover Samoens. On this hillside, in the heart of the village, there is an impression of freedom and natural harmony.
However, everything here is mastered, listed: «A gardener must know how to be discreet, so that it resembles as much as possible the natural» explains Christian Chauplannaz, scientific and technical manager of the Jaÿsinia. For example, dandelions stand alongside tulips, and bear garlic has been close to 37 types of peonies… for over a century.
The history of the botanical garden:
Marie-Louise Jaÿ, born in Samoëns in 1838, kept her flock of goats until she was 15 years old on the hill on which today the Jaÿsinia is built. Then she decided to go to Paris to find work and met her husband Ernest Cognacq there. Working tirelessly and thrifty, they founded together the Samaritaine, a Parisian department store whose success will be immediate.
At the head of an immense fortune and without children, Marie-Louise and Ernest devoted the end of their lives to good works and never forgot the native village of Marie-Louise. In 1906, she bought the land to create an alpine botanical garden, designed by the landscaper Jules Allemand.