In 1960, a new Head Gardener is appointed, Mr. Raymond Perrin, who comes from the prestigious Paris Botanical Garden (Museum National dHistoire Naturelle). He aim to is renew the links between the Paris Botanical Garden and Alfort but also to bring back the tradition of employing qualified gardeners. He teaches botany to the students and begins building a Seed Bank that the current Curator, Mr. Lionel Roth, has greatly improved since 1979.
In 1980, the Botanic Garden looses 1500m2 of growing space with the building of new laboratories. Old trees such as a Sophora japonica pendula and a Clerodendron trichotomum disappear as well as around one hundred herbaceous plants and 70 shrubs (to see the damage done you can consult on this internet site the old Botanic Garden catalogue: Hortus Botanicus Alforensis). Fortunately, an agronomist, Mr. Jacques Boyeldieu ,Lecturer, designs a collection of bee attracting plants in the form of a maze with the help of a new gardener, Mr Phalippou.
During the 1990s, the Administration of the School realises the urgent need to create the (new) Maisons-Alfort Veterinary Schools Park and Botanic Gardens to save it from disappearing. Mr. Gaumont (Centre National dEtudes Vétérinaires) and Mrs. Jacqueline Lamoureux (Université Inter-Ages de Créteil) create a special partnership or Gardening Workshop to provide Mr. Lionel Roth with voluntary help. This workshop scientifically managed by Mr. Roth, gives practical experience on gardening, botany and also botanic garden management. Mrs. Michel coordinates all the volunteers activities.
Under the curatorship of Mr. Roth and with the volunteer's help, the seed bank is enlarged.In 1996 the Fruticetum odoratissimum created (collection fragrant shrubs), rare plants such as Quercus ilex var. Ballota (holm oak with edible fruit) and Eleutherococcus ricinifolius are introduced, work on "plant pests" and toxic plants are carried out. For example, Ailanthus altissima introduced during the 19th century, to feed a caterpillar is now a plant pest invading the whole of France. This tree, within few years, has been successfully eradicated from Alfort. One of the problems with this tree is that the foliage and flowers smell very bad and bees collecting nectar contaminate their honey (resulting in honey which tastes bad).
During the storm of December 26th, 1999, the garden lost several historical trees such as Calocedrus decurens (incense cedar), Morus alba (white mulberry), Abies concolor (Colorado fir), Fraxinux ornus (flowering ash), Gleditsia triacanthos (honey-locusts) and also a Populus nigra (black poplar).
Also in 1995, the County Council of Ile de France has created a Passion-Project in collaboration with a Special Care Youth School. It is the Medieval Garden called Hortulus et Herbularius Honoré Fragonard. This project continues and is carried on by the volunteers up, its aim is to enlarge the medicinal beds and introduce new plants in the Garden. With the Curators help the volunteers are compiling botanical facts sheets on each plant.
You can consult this DATA BASE (botanical facts sheets) on the Internet site created in 2000 by the garden workshop with the help of Mr. Moal .
In 1997, a Scientific Committee is created to manage and direct the Park and Botanical Gardens into the Millennium.