Jardin des plantes
Set in 7 hectares of town centre greenery, over 10,000 species live under 800m2 of greenhouse space and with 50,000 flowers planted each season.
The Botanical Garden – quality labelled “Remarkable Gardens” – ranks in the top four on the national scale. In 150 years the gardens have become enriched and specialised. Beautiful and scientific, it has become a worldwide reference for its camellia, its epiphytes (plants that grow on others without being a parasite) in a maintained environment and for its constant efforts to reintroduce rare species.
Since 2013, Claude Ponti the illustrator and great children’s literary author has been invited running to bring his dream-like world to life in the floral gardens.
© Marc Cortès
From 18 November to 14 January, 8.30 - 17.30 / From 15 January to 19 March, and from 23 October to 17 November, 8.30 - 18h30 / From 20 March to 22 October, 8.30 - 20.00.
For Pass Nantes card holders : a packet of seeds from the green spaces service for everyone on any of the garden's guided tours.
2 accès principaux : rue Écorchard, gare Nord / Place Sophie-Trébuchet
Tramway line 1: get off at gare SNCF (North exit)
At the top end of the garden the Orangerie Café (15, rue Gambetta). A truly authentic and charming little spot with an outdoor patio overlooking the park.
Opened 7/7 10:00 AM to 8.00 PM closed from end of october to mid-february.