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Family Sunday in the botanical garden HENRI GAUSSEN in Toulouse:

The Botanical Garden of the University Paul Sabatier has been integrated into the renovation project of the Natural History Museum of Toulouse. Opened to the public in February 2008 , it offers a rediscovery of plant life (systematic , biological , ecological ... ) , an exploration of the relationships between plant and animal world ( including humans ) and demonstrating the unity of phenomena living world . As part of the Museum project , the garden fits logically end of course: after learning fundamental links that make man a component of nature and become aware of the impact of activities human environment , the botanical garden will illustrate , by its living collections , cooperation between man and plants. Ethnobotanical collections allow to show , in a historical perspective from prehistory to the modern world :

    intimate and vital relationship between man and plants: intense experimentation men , imperative to distinguish what is worth what kills ( food plants , toxic, condiments, medicine , textiles, dyeing , insecticides ... )

    the significant impact of the plant on human mental evolution :
intuitive - perception of primitive man included in the plant environment ( parallelism with instinct, "knowledge" of animals, great apes ... )
- willingness to enter into a relationship with the supernatural through poisonous plants , hallucinogenic , medicinal ( magic, witchcraft , mysticism , symbolism ... )
technological innovations and new - social behavior (transition from a nomadic to a sedentary lifestyle , gathering to agriculture, subsistence farming to intensive agriculture , passage of "simple" and herbal preparations once contemporary medicine ...) .

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