The botanical garden Jardin des Plantes is a celebration of France's seafaring history and botany.
In the year 1726, King Louis XV ordered his ships to bring home seeds from foreign lands. Sailing from the colonies to France, the seeds were planted in Nantes.
The garden opened its gates to the public in the year 1829, the year that it became an English garden so the institution can get supplies from returning ships. Rare plant varieties were purchased and planted at the jardin.
Today, the Victorian garden has approximately 500 flower varieties, 600 fragrances, and four kilometers of garden paths.