The Botanic garden
The Nantes Botanic Garden covers 7 hectares of green space in the centre of town.It’s home to more than 10,000 species and more than 5000 flowers are planted each season. Its greenhouses have a surface area of 800 square metres. It’s been presented with the “Remarkable Garden” award and is among the four leading botanical gardens in France.
The collections have developed and specialised over the last 150 years. It’s both a scientific garden and a garden for leisure and houses internationally recognised reference collections. It’s especially celebrated for its camellia collection (which is unique in France), its cultivation of epiphytic plants in semi-natural settings and for its concern for the re-introduction of rare species. An example of this is the wild Sylvestre tulip, which disappeared in the 1970s and was reintroduced in 2010 into the region’s vineyards.Its great beauty in all seasons and its remarkable specimens (Hectot’s Magnolia, American tulip tree and more recently a Wollemi pine, etc.) make the Botanical Garden a major tourist attraction in Nantes, visited every year by more than 2 million visitors.
The Botanical garden was recognized as an International Camellia Garden of Excellence in 2016 by The International Camellia Society.
Venue details & map
Facilites & accessibility
Garden games by age group
2 - 6 ans → Module + Spring
3 - 12 ans → Module + Other
3 - 14 ans → Module + Swing
5 - 14 ans → Climbing net + Climb
6 - 12 ans → Swing
a perennial work by Claude Ponti
The park itself is accessible, but a slight slope means that the people with reduced mobility should begin the visit at the Sophie Trebuchet entrance rather than entrance by the railway station.
during Summer season opening 8:30 and closing 20:.
Schedule for Greenhouses tours
Visiting the garden
- Early visits: to the north of the garden
- The greenhouses are accessible for wheelchair users.
Without a guideThree greenhouses are open for the public to visit without a guide:
- • The Exhibition greenhouse, housing tropical plants from the Botanic Garden’s and Great Blottereau’s collections.
- • The Canary Island greenhouse
- • The Palm Tree Island greenhouse - Access codes are available for the Exhibition and Canary Island greenhouses. Please ask at the reception.
|Themed visits : Program of events and tours available in Garden plants(pdf)|
|→ Monday 3pm|
|Tour of greenhouses|
|→ Wednesday 3pm|
|→ Friday 3pm|
|→ Saturday 11am 3pm 4pm 5pm|
|→ Sunday 10am, 11am, 3pm 4pm 5pm|
For groups- Reservation is required
The Library dedicated to botany is publicly available by appointment
- La Baigneuse au Miroir
- Cerf, biche et faon
- Docteur Ecorchard
- Elisa Mercoeur, plaque et médaillon
- Jules Verne
- La Moissonneuse ou Dame à la gerbe
- Fontaine Wallace
- Fontaine Wallace