The climate of Menton, close to the subtropical type holds an admirable botanical heritage, witness of the passage of the best European landscape gardeners at the end of the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century.
Tropical, English or Mediterranean, the gardens of Menton shelter vast collections of tropical plants, citrus fruits, or rare plants brought back from different parts of the world.
Jean Cocteau always maintained a favoured relation with the city of Menton. He made of the Bastion, a small fort of the XVIIth century, his last work, his memorial.
In 1957 and 1958 Jean Cocteau decorated the Menton City hall’s weddings room. The Jean Cocteau museum collection Severin Wunderman has been opened since 2011, and presents over 2700 m2 the poet’s work under all its facets, from the 1910s to the 1950s. This collection is the first and the most important worldwide public resource of Cocteau’s work.