A botanical garden
In 1861, a temporary area was laid to display flowers and trees at the Regional Agricultural Competition. It was so successful that the municipality was compelled to maintain this garden for the people of Châlons to enjoy!
In 1938, the Petit Jard became an arboretum, a botanical garden, created with the aim of grouping together tree species in order to compare different tree types and how they developed through the seasons… Today, there are over 200 species to be found.
The storm of December, 26th, 1999 devastated the Jards. Châlons-en-Champagne then launched a green environmental plan, committing to replanting every tree that had been destroyed. The Petit Jard reopened in 2001. In 2005, the Petit Jard was awarded the “Remarkable Garden” label