Trip Planner:   Europe  /  France  /  Pays de la Loire  /  Maine et Loire  /  Angers  /  Parks  /  Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes, Angers

(160+ reviews on the web)
Garden
The Jardin des Plantes d'Angers is a municipal park and botanical garden located on Place Pierre Mendès France, Angers, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France. It is open daily without charge.The garden was first established in 1777 by Doctor Luthier de La Richerie, founder of the Société des Botanophiles, as an amateur's botanical garden in response to Anger's first such garden, maintained by the Faculty of Medicine circa 1740–1750. Its first location was on the Château Gontier and Bressigny roads, near today's rue Béclard, but that site proved too small and its rental too uncertain. Therefore in 1789 the society purchased the former property of the Benedictines of Saint Sergius at the bottom of the valley Saint-Samson, which forms today's Jardin des Plantes.The site was cleared in the winter of 1790–1791, and in 1791 Merlet de La Boulaye gave the first free, public course on botany; in the following year, he wrote out a list in alphabetical order of the garden's collections, including the first magnolia in Angers and an agave from America. The city purchased the grounds of the Saint-Samson church shortly afterwards, and merged them with the botanical garden, with the result declared national property in 1792.By 1811 the garden contained more than 2,000 plants arranged in two sections: the School of Botany in the lower part and collections of foreign trees and seed-bearing plants in the upper. It also contained an orangery flanked by two greenhouses. The garden was further extended in 1834, and in the late 19th century the School of Botany gradually transferred to the school of medicine, where it forms today's Jardin botanique de la Faculté de Pharmacie d'Angers. The remaining garden was completely remodeled in 1901–1905 by noted landscape architect Édouard André, famous for his parks in Monte Carlo and Montevideo; today's current garden is in his English style with a cascading stream. A new menagerie was installed soon after 1945, and an aviary, and the old greenhouses removed in 1962. The garden's last expansion occurred in 1967 when 2500 m² was added as a rock garden.
Put Jardin des Plantes into our Angers trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Angers.
Source
Create a full Angers itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Angers

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Angers by other users

26 days in France BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in France BY A USER FROM FRANCE June, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in France & Barcelona BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Angers BY A USER FROM IRELAND May, kids, culture, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in France, Bruges & Brussels BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA July, teens, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in France BY A USER FROM LEBANON July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Angers BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Pays de la Loire & Paris BY A USER FROM BAHRAIN July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 55 days in France BY A USER FROM FRANCE June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in France BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in France BY A USER FROM MOROCCO July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We did our wedding photo album in this sublime Park, the photos are superb. In addition you can do a very nice family outing with young children.
    View original
  • One of the best botanical gardens in Europe resolved very well tidy landscaped is a superagradável place to hang out, have a coffee or a beer, and get to know many things about plants. Great for taking the kids as it has various activities and points of interest for them. Go on a sunny day.
    View original
  • Stroll quiet in this beautiful garden. Nice time. Some works of art, animals, beautiful plants. Public benches... Brief Moment of relaxation assured
    View original
Google
  • A little disappointed by these gardens. A little bit of an allotment feel.
  • small but nice. a very pleasant place.
  • Extremely pleasant Park in the city. Well-maintained green spaces. Just a quick note on the enclosures of animals which could be better maintained.
    View original
  • The garden of plants is a small urban park friendly, of course, and changing according to the seasons. I think it lacks however a few small things like animations, some life, the Aviary at the bottom is abandoned and there's not big things...
    View original
  • A very beautiful specimens. A very well kept garden. If you're in the area go
    View original