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Visit Ille de Versailles
Visit the Ille de Versailles Garden
In the very heart of Nantes find this wonderful Japanese garden.The garden covers 1.7 hecatares and sits on the Ille de Versailles, a small island in the River Erdre. Walk to the gardens from the centre of Nantes - they can be located near the Quai des 20 otages.
In 1986 following an architectural competition the winners developped the Ille de Versailles with a Japanese theme. At the centre of the island is a house with information about the historical activities of the island as well as its plant and animal life.
Surrounding this is a Zen garden with rocks water features and planting typical of a Japanese garden such as bamboos, azaleas, acers, camilleas and flowering cherry trees. Wonderful in spring and autumn but full of interest even in the heart of winter.
Ille de Versailles Garden Guide
The garden is open during daylight hours and is free to visit.
Walk onto the island from the Quai de Versailles.
There is a restaurant on the island allowing you to enjoy the garden whilst relaxing over refreshments.
Nantes has some other excellent gardens.
The Jardin des Plantes de Nantes is a large botanical garden with more than 11 000 different species of plants including a collection of Camellias. It has a large English style park and an impressive palm house.
The Parc de la Beaujoire has several beautiful rose gardens as well as an area dedicated to perennials, an iris garden and several large ponds beautifully planted.
The Parc du Proce is a large public garden with lots of grassy areas but it also has a collection of dahlias, an attractive stream bordered by a lovely border and a hydrangea border.
The Parc de la Gaudiniere has an attractive stream and borders and a huge rock garden.
The Parc du Grand Blottereau is a large park with a Mediterranean garden, a French garden, tropical greenhouses and a collection of Cannas.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.