Nantes, France – quirky botanical gardens – Review

What does a big bird, a big potato-head, a big face, and a big bench have in common? Well, they’re all big – and you can see them all in Nantes’ jardin du plantes/botanical garden.

We knew already that this town had a reputation for artistic endeavours and the botanical garden is no exception. And what a delight it is to walk around and find surprise after surprise awaiting us around the next corner.

There was a children’s maze grown in place and woven like a basket as it grew from live bamboo. ┬áThen there was a giant head peeking through the ground

Botanical garden, Nantes, France

Botanical garden, Nantes, France

As we went a little further there was a series of benches – ever larger until we encountered one that formed a bridge over the path

Botanical garden, Nantes, France

Botanical garden, Nantes, France

This one even had a giant basket of knitting in place

Botanical garden, Nantes, France

Botanical garden, Nantes, France

then there were the birds…

Botanical garden, Nantes, France

Botanical garden, Nantes, France

Botanical garden, Nantes, France

Botanical garden, Nantes, France

These were planted on grass trees

And finally there were the potato heads.

 

Botanical garden, Nantes, France

Botanical garden, Nantes, France

Sharon and I could hardly contain our delight at finding these and many more surprises as we walked through the park before catching the train back to Paris. The botanical garden is one of the most visited sites in Nantes – and for good reason!