Jardin des Plantes - Botanical garden
Parks and gardens

Magnolia, camellia, greenhouse, kid’s playground

Three centuries of botany, sea-faring and the green fingers of the gardeners have made the gardens
what they are today. Maybe you’ll be able to smell the adventure coming from the fragrances...


Its scientific reputation had already been built by the mid 18th century. In 1726 Louis 15th ordered all ship’s
captains to bring back to France seeds from the colonies and foreign lands. Opened to the public in 1829 and turned into an English garden in 1829 it continued to benefit from a never ending supply from the
returning ships and the purchase of other rare varieties. Four kilometres of paths almost 600 fragrances and 500 varieties of bloom, including a large number of camellias and magnolias. Ranked in the top five biggest Victorian parks, it was certified Botanical Garden of Europe in 2000 and Park of Distinction by the Ministry of Culture in 2009. To celebrate 300 years of the magnolia tree, the architect Kinya Maruyama has conceived a “poetic grouping” dotted around the park: maze of willow, magnolia parasols, petal tears… Open to all until the end of the summer 2011. Also on in Paimboeuf, on the south bank of the estuary, a walk through the Star Spangled Garden.

At the top end of the garden the Orangery Café is open at midday 7/7, and becomes a tea-room and ice-cream parlour in the afternoons. A truly authentic and charming little spot with an outdoor patio overlooking the park.

Children’s playground, toilets and picnic area

Practical information


Free admission to the hothouses

A souvenir gift plant will be given to everyone on a guided visit for each purchase made in the gift shop
or the greenhouses.

Disabled access

Accessible park but the slope requires some visitors to cross from top to bottom: from the Place Sophie Trebuchet towards the railway station. Adapted toilets. The greenhouses are not wheelchair accessible.


02 40 41 65 09

Tramway line 1: get off at gare sncf (north exit)


Bd Stalingrad , 44000 Nantes
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0892 464 044 (service 0,35 €/mn + prix d’appel)

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