Created by French horticulturist Marcel François in 1951, these gardens were declared a Natural Heritage site in 2003. Though neither attractive nor particularly well maintained, they are a popular day trip for residents of Rabat and Salé. The gardens are 13km north of Rabat on the road to Kenitra. Take bus 9 from Bab Chellah in Rabat or from Bab Lekhmiss at the Salé medina.
Areas include the Jardin Nature, plantations that evoke the exotic vegetation the horticulturist encountered on his many travels; and the Jardin Culture, referring more to the philosophy of the garden in different cultures. There's also a vivarium for reptiles.