Botany in the spotlight in Samoëns

For a weekend, the garden of Samoëns is transformed into a real open-air paradise for all botany lovers. Nestled in the heart of the Haut-Giffre valley, the Alpine botanical garden of Jaÿsinia offers a poetic stroll among the alpine plants and flowers of the five continents. During the summer season, this place classified as a remarkable garden of France, welcomes the botanical days of Samoëns for a weekend placed under the sign of plants, discovery and passion.

A weekend in Samoëns around botany, gardening and plants

The botanical days is an event not to be missed during the summer season in Samoëns. In the heart of the historic city center, the Jaÿsinia garden welcomes, for a weekend, a moment of discovery and sharing that is both fascinating and authentic. In this friendly atmosphere, the village is adorned with its most beautiful flowery decorations for the greatest joy of nature lovers. A botanical market takes place and allows you to find everything you need for a flowering garden and a well-stocked vegetable garden under the expert advice of professionals. As much for amateurs as for the more experienced, the botanical days are an opportunity to spend a beautiful weekend, with in perspective: wonder, discovery and practical and technical information.

Visits and workshops for young and old, in the heart of nature

Throughout the weekend, you will find visits combining botany, nature and culture in the heart of the Jaÿsinia garden, but not only! These workshops are the right moment to discover the beauty of the nearby forests of Haute-Savoie and the treasures they contain. In the center of the historical village, the garden welcomes workshops on macro-photography, guided tours, treasure hunts for families, numerous shows on the place du Gros Tilleul and floral workshops (composition, land art, …). While the older ones will be able to discover the fascinating life of plants thanks to exchanges with professionals, the younger ones will be able to learn more about the garden and the life that surrounds them thanks to the games and shows that are offered to them.

Botanical animations, in brief :

  • Meetings with professional gardeners
  • Macro photography workshop
  • Guided tours of the botanical garden
  • Spectacle, atelier art floral, land art
  • Scavenger hunt in the garden
  • Botanical market open to all
  • Workshop on edible plants
  • Discovery of the surrounding forests
  • The book and art in all its splendor

A moment of exchange between botany enthusiasts

In addition to enjoying a moment out of time in the Jaÿsinia garden and the historic downtown area, the Botanical Days weekend is a time not to be missed to discover, learn and exchange with other enthusiasts. Professional and amateur gardeners will find all the advice they need to start or to take care of their plants and gardens. A beautiful weekend in perspective, in the green, in the heart of the Haut-Giffre valley.

The Jaÿsinia garden, a unique place in Haute-Savoie

Located in the center of Samoëns, this timeless place is a mountain garden initiated at the beginning of the 20th century by Marie-Louise Cognacq-Jaÿ. Founder of La Samaritaine in Paris, she financed this green setting for the people of Samoëns so that they could contemplate more than 5000 plants and flowers from the mountainous areas of the five continents. This unique garden in Haute-Savoie is crossed by a mountain stream and its waterfall, bringing a corner of greenery and freshness to the historic center of Samoëns. The botanical days could not find a better place to be held. Throughout the weekend, you can stroll around and discover the ruined castle of La Tornalta, in the heart of the garden, and its 18th century chapel, an essential part of a walk in this haven of peace.

Foire aux questions

Where is the Jaÿsinia garden located? How to get there?
The Jaÿsinia garden overlooks the center of the historic village, a stone’s throw from the Place du Gros Tilleul. Access to the garden is next to the Jaÿsinia house, at 30 rue du Parc, 74340 Samoëns. For any information, you can reach the garden at It is important to note that there are wide but steep paths to the top of the garden.
Who are the workshops for?
The workshops are for everyone! Children and adults alike, the curious, the passionate and the professional will all find a workshop or activity to their liking. For experienced or budding gardeners wishing to maintain their garden, find new plants and discover new techniques, the botanical market will satisfy you.
Are the botanical days only located at the Jaÿsinia garden?
The garden of Jaÿsinia hosts many activities, meetings, treasure hunts and visits but this weekend is also intended to make you discover nature in its entirety. You can therefore find on the place du Gros Tilleul animations and walks that will lead you on the Haut-Savoyard paths on the heights of Samoëns. The botanical days are also the moment to walk in the center of the village, flowered for the occasion according to a theme which changes every year.
Where to find useful information and details of the weekend program?
You can find all the useful information and details of the weekend program on the website of the tourist office. In Samoëns, you can go to our offices, open every day from 9am to 12pm and from 2.30pm to 6.30pm (66 Place de l’Office de Tourisme, 74340 SAMOËNS) for all the necessary information. From a distance, you can also contact us at or on