The Gentiana Garden in the village of Leysin is one of the few medicinal plant gardens in French-speaking Switzerland. This natural site, which can be accessed on foot, offers a breathtaking view over the Rhône valley. A haven of peace, it’s a firm favourite with plant lovers and hikers.
Opened in 2003 on a beautiful natural site in Leysin, the Gentiana medicinal plant garden was created by the Swiss foundation for the knowledge of medicinal plants and works closely with the universities of Geneva and Lausanne.
Gentiana derives its name from the huge collection of gentians from several continents.
The plants are grouped according to their therapeutic properties. Plants that may easily be mistaken are put next to each other to highlight their differences. In the garden itself, the existing natural environment, such as forests, edges of forests, meagre grasslands, fallow lands or humid zones, is developed and enhanced.
Gentiana proposes commented visits to the public and to professionals, particularly about phyto drugs for pharmacists and doctors.
The garden is open from May to September and revives Leysin's sanitary vocation initiated in the 19th century.