Madame Henri Thuret has, at the price of two millions of francs, or four hundred thousand dollars, lately bought the garden of her deceased brother-in-law, in Antibes, on the coast of the Mediterranean, near Toulon, in France. It is one of the richest and finest gardens in Europe. She made a present of it to the French nation. It is now a national school of botany and horticulture, and a garden for "experimentation and acclimatisation".

This establishment is open for anybody who takes an interest in either botany or gardening and what is more, anybody known as such, or properly recommended as such by known men, gets free lodging in the villa. No distinction is made between natives and foreigners; "there are no nationalities in the republic of science and horticulture".