Jardin des Plantes, Nantes

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The Jardin des plantes de Nantes is a municipal botanical garden located on Rue Stanislas Baudry, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France. It is open daily without charge, but a fee is charged for the greenhouses.
The city's earliest botanical garden dated to 1688 as a small medicinal plant collection outside the city walls, near today's Rue Paré. It subsequently fell into disuse but in 1726 was revived as a Royal Garden for exotic plants. By 1790 the garden contained more than 600 species but by 1795 the garden had dwindled to fewer than 150 exotic plants; it again reverted to a medicinal garden, and slowly declined until its demise in 1877.
The current garden was first established in 1806 under the leadership of Jean Alexandre Hectot, and by 1807 contained a magnificent magnolia which still endures . It became a municipal garden in 1820 and opened to the public in 1829. Under director Jean Marie Ecorchard, it was restyled as an English park containing some 2500 species. In 1840 it contained 12 camellia varieties, 4 peony varieties, 202 chrysanthemum varieties, a good rose garden, and an enormous Yulan Magnolia that took four men a full day to plant. A second section was added in the 1840s with greenhouse built in 1845 and ponds and an artificial "mountain" added several years later. The last section was created in the 1850s, including a remarkable fountain that operated for 130 years without maintenance or repair. Unfortunately, the disastrously cold December 1879 caused extensive destruction, including the loss of 245 trees and 600 shrubs; most of the existing magnolia collection, with the exception of its oldest specimens, were lost. After more than a decade of neglect, active restoration began in the early 1890s under the leadership of Paul Marmy, who built the garden's palm house 1895-1898 and orangery in 1899. By 1900 the garden was substantially complete in its current form.
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  • Went for a walk here on New Year’s Day as lots of places were shut. It was so relaxing and peaceful. So many nice plants laid out in a spectacular fashion in the summer I think could spend even...  more »
  • I enjoyed my visit. For a park that has free admission and a lot of things to see and do I would go back if I ever visited Nantes again  more »
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  • This is one of my favorite places in Nantes! In a middle of the city we have a quite and beautiful place ! I go every evening with my children to see animals,flowers, play with other kids in the send and many other activities for kids! Decorations changing all the time ! + something nice to do: to have a lunch in the middle of the botanic garden (in summer time) . Sure for ones who is hesitating to discover this place - I strongly recommend !
  • Lovely free place to visit. There are toilets, cafes, benches and plenty of grass space to sit and have your own picnic. Space for children to play with toys that are already there and a lovely little park to play in. Also an area where goats roam and you can go in for free and pet them. Great afternoon out.
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