Jardin des Plantes

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Jardin des Plantes information

Nantes , France
bd Stalingrad
Opening hours
8.30am-8pm Mar-Oct, shorter hours rest of year
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Opened in 1860, this exquisitely landscaped city park is one of France's most interesting botanical gardens. Century-old magnolia and mulberry trees, Japanese maples, tulip trees, redwoods (sequoias) and magnificent cedars tower above beautiful flowerbeds, duck ponds, fountains and the enchanting Serre de l'Île de Palmiers , a glass 19th-century hothouse filled with palm trees and decked out out with tables and chairs for lounging on. There is a children's playground and goats to pet at the park's northern end, near the train station.

Other highlights include Les Bancs Processionaires , a funky series of wooden benches that increase in size from minuscule to gargantuan.