“By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world” – Dr. Qing Li, expert in forest medicine.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Focus on the scents of the different plants in this garden. Do you recognise them? Can you detect them elsewhere in the Gare Maritime? Do they evoke a certain feeling? Or maybe a memory? In June and July, you can discern the strong fragrance of the blossoms on the Gleditsia triacanthos f inermis, the only high-growing tree in this garden. It’s an interesting tree to admire and to smell. Its leaves are bronze-red at first, but turn green and yellow in autumn. After its flowering period, this tree is even more striking: it grows pulses, measuring up to 40 cm in length.