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 of travel…
The botanical gardens host over 10,000 taxa, which places it among the top 5 collections in France. Some of these have been cultivated on-site in one of the ornate elegant 19th century green- houses. You can visit the gardens independently or with a botanical gardener.
In connection with the new station, the garden has also expanded and now opens out onto the city. It has also been fitted with a new entrance, showcasing the park’s magnolias along the esplanade, and extends the garden beyond its walls, out onto the forecourt.
Every summer edition of Le Voyage à Nantes has offered a brand-new collaboration between an artist and the city’s park services. This is how, from 2013 to 2017, Claude Ponti’s Dormanron (aka, the “giant bench”) and Dépodépo (a play area where giant flower pots are turned into huts and gazebos) were born.
Following in the footsteps of Ponti, illustrator Pedro, and artist Johannn Le Guillerm, the city now turns to multifaceted graphic designer Jean Jullien to take over the Jardin des Plantes. Along the different paths, lawns and flowerbeds, mo- numental, bizarre characters will surprise and enchant visitors. New characters will also join the “Filili Viridi” in time for summer 2022 – and some will even venture off outside the garden !
Cimetière de la Bouteillerie
9 and 11, Rue Gambetta
Created in 1774, this cemetery offers many views of the city throughout its six hectares. One
of its distinctive characteristics is its WWI military section, with graves of German soldiers. There are also the mausoleums of many of Nantes’ most important families.
7 days a week: 8 am – 8 pm. 02 Nov – 31 Jan: 8 am – 6 pm.
Uneven surfaces in some pathways.
The Orangerie Café
At the top end of the garden, with an outdoor patio overlooking the park.
T. 02 28 44 27 08
5 Rue Ecorchard, 44000 Nantes
How to get there?
Parking(s) nearby: Parking Gare Château, Parking Château, Parking Gare Sud 3
Public transport: Gare Nord, Trébuchet, Bouteillerie, Lieu Unique, Gare Sud
Self-service bicycles: Gare De Nantes Nord 2 (n°62), Gare De Nantes Nord (n°60), Jardin Des Plantes (n°63), Gare De Nantes Sud (n°70), Duchesse Anne (n°49), Lieu Unique (n°61), Saint Clément (n°64)
T. 02 40 41 65 09
> Café de l'Orangerie
From November 18 to January 14, 8:30 am > 5:15 pm
From January 15 to March 19 and from October 23 to November 17, 8:30 am > 6:30 pm
From March 20 to October 22, 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Special offer for PASS Nantes holders
Book PASS Nantes
For Pass Nantes holders : VIP entry to some greenhouses and a gift packet of seeds at the end of the visit.
At the top end of the garden, with an outdoor patio overlooking the park: restaurant open for lunch, tea room-ice cream parlour in the afternoons.
7/7. Closed in January.
THE ORANGERIE CAFÉ