Parks and gardens

The Botanic garden, history


The history of this park, that’s nestled in the heart of Nantes, goes back to the 17th century, to its creation by Louis XIV.

In the 18th century, Louis XV decided it would be the home for imported plants and ordered that all ships should bring seeds and plants back to Nantes from their trips overseas. However, the garden we know today was designed in 1823 by Antoine Noisette and then restyled and landscaped from 1836 by Jean-Marie Ecorchard. The garden was opened to the public in 1865, retaining its role as a space for botanical research.