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Park and garden

Jardin des plantes

7 hectares of greenery in front of the station

Nestled in a green setting, Café l'Orangerie is the perfect place to refresh yourself on the terrace.

More than 50,000 flowers planted each season, with touches of poetry by Claude Ponti. Café de l'Orangerie open for lunch with a beautiful terrace.

In 150 years, the collections have become richer and more specialized. A scientific as well as an ornamental garden, it has become a reference throughout the world, notably for its collection of camellias, its cultivation of epiphytic plants (which grow on other plants without parasiting them) in a semi-natural environment and its constant concern for the reintroduction of rare species.

 Labelled "Remarkable Garden", among the 4 major botanical gardens in France: more than 10,000 living species, 800 m2 of greenhouses.


From 2013 to 2016, the city's green spaces department worked with Claude Ponti to offer visitors amazing facilities each summer during the Voyage à Nantes.

In 2017, the collaboration ends with the creation of a permanent playground: Dépodépo

Claude Ponti's permanent installations: the "Giant Bench", the "Toggobancs", the "Processional Benches", the "Siestobancs", the "Banlançoire", the "Causeuses", the "Dormanron", the "Totemimics" (spring/summer).

Since the summer of 2018, La Racinante, an installation by artist Johann Le Guillerm, has been installed in the heart of the Garden.


Since the summer of 2020, the artist Jean Jullien especially designed momumental installations such as "Le Baigneur".

On the station side, the goat pen is accessible in the morning.

Café de l'orangerie



From November 18 to January 14, 8:30 am > 5:30 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


Free access.

For Pass Nantes holders : a bag of seeds offered for any visit of the Jardin des Plantes (delivered to the reception of the garden, open 7/7)


rue Ecorchard (face gare SNCF)
44000 NANTES
Tram line 1, Gare SNCF stop.


02 40 41 65 09



Le café de l'Orangerie is a bistro and tea room situated in the high part of the garden (15, rue Gambetta) and offering its guests a green isle of tranquility.
Open everyday 10.00 - 20.00 (last orders at 19.30). Closed from the end of December to the beginning of February.

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