The Pierre Fabre Botanical Conservatory
As it strives to protect the plant world, the Klorane Botanical Foundation works closely with a botanical conservatoire, which has been in operation since 2001: the Conservatoire Botanique Pierre Fabre (Pierre Fabre Botanical Conservatory). It stretches over the centre of a 5-hectare park in Cambounet sur Sor near Soual (Tarn), surrounded by a 25-hectare estate entirely given over to organic farming, which makes it an excellent environment for the conservation and valorisation or plant species. As guardian of this heritage, the Conservatoire Botanique Pierre Fabre was the first private organisation in France to receive the CITES label (agreement on the international trade of endangered fauna and flora species).
The Conservatoire botanique includes:
- The house which is home to the Conservatoire itself, with exhibition halls, a herbarium (featuring over 7,000 species), a druggist, a library and an experiments room.
- The two greenhouses, which are home to species from all corners of the world (tropical zone, Mediterranean zone, arid zone)
- The botanical garden, which extends over 5,000 m² and includes plants with various properties: medicinal, edible, cosmetic, dyes, toxic, etc.
The Conservatoire is assigned four main objectives:
- To safeguard, which is originally why it was created,
- A research and botanical experimentation objective,
- A botanical expertise and species identification objective, through the use of the herbarium,
- An educational objective, designed for a professional audience (pharmacists, doctors, botanists, hairdressers, students, etc.)
Please note: this conservatoire is not open to the general public.
A commitment to pharmaceutical rigour and the preservation of biodiversity for the benefit of plants:
Through the resources and projects it implements, the Pierre Fabre Botanical Conservatoire is a unique tool for the preservation and valorisation of botanical heritage. Deciding to take on the Botanical Expertise Pierre Fabre approach echoed a significant concern: the sustainable use of plant resources. As a pharmacist and botany lover, Mr Pierre Fabre set out to protect and valorise plant biodiversity, the priceless source of powerful active ingredients for modern therapies. In order to better cure and protect human life, it is essential to be able to provide a controlled, stable and renewable source of plant raw ingredients.
This is why, since the start of the 1970s, a human chain of expertise and multi-disciplinary quality ranging from plant selection, cultivation and harvesting, right down to research on the active ingredient and its inclusion in the finished formula was set up. This demand for quality, traceability, and sustainable respect for plants was recognised in 2010 by the European label for commitment to excellence, EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) delivered by the AFNOR Group (French Association for Standardization): this process was given the name Botanical Expertise Pierre Fabre.