Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique)
- Address: 62, boulevard du Jardin Exotique, Monaco
- Hours: May 15-Sept 15: 9am-7pm, Sept 16-May 14: 9am-6pm (or nightfall). Closed Nov 19 and Dec 25.
- Admission: Adults: €7, Children (6-18 yrs): €3.70, Students (w/ ID, up to 30 yrs): €3.70, Seniors: €5.40
At the foot of the cliff, 60 metres underground there is a large natural underground cave with prehistoric caverns revealing many stalagmites and stalactites, formed over millennia. The caves were opened to the public in 1950, and can only be visited with a guide, and there is a museum of Prehistoric Anthropology within the Exotic Garden displaying the evidence of prehistoric human inhabitants found in the caves.
The garden offers information and tips for growing succulent plants, with a cactus expo in April and celebration of exceptional Bonsai in June. The “exotic” plant species in the garden originated in several distant arid zones: the cacti and agaves from Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central and South America; other succulent plants from southern and eastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
Plants are in bloom almost any time of year depending on the origin of each species: Aloes and African Crassula bloom in winter, and most cacti bloom in spring and summer.
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