Conservatoire du Bégonia
The Conservatoire du Bégonia (1,000 m²) is a botanical garden specializing in begonias. It is located at 1 rue Charles Plumier, Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France, and open for guided tours several days per week in early spring and late fall; an admission fee is charged.
The conservatory was established in 1988 in honor of royal botanist Charles Plumier (1646–1704), who discovered begonias while on an American expedition, and Michel Bégon (1638-1710), expedition organizer and Rochefort intendant, for whom the flower was named in 1690. Thanks to their efforts, Rochefort was famed for its importation of exotic plants during the 17th-18th centuries, especially coffee. The conservatory's original 650 m² floor space was extended in 1993 by a further 350 m². Its collection has grown by trades, purchases, and expeditions to South America and Cameroon.
- Conservatoire du Bégonia
- Gralon.net description (French)
- Pays Rochefortais Tourisme description (French)
- Petit Futé description (French)
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