Visit the island Of Versailles the japanese garden of Nantes
Visit the island Of Versailles, the japanese garden of Nantes
Being only for a few hours in the city of Nantes, the city which saw the birth of the writer Jules Verne (Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth …), I absolutely wanted to visit the island Of Versailles. Nantes is located near the Atlantic Ocean, at the beginning of the estuary of the Loire and at the point of confluence of the Erdre and the Loire, in France.
I wanted to do like the inhabitants of the city of Nantes who can walk and contemplate a Japanese garden. No better location than that of the island of Versailles to highlight the subtle arrangements of plants and stones. It is a visit that is not long but is worth the detour.
The island of Versailles was originally a marsh. To build the canal from Nantes to Brest, the work of clearing the river gave birth to this artificial island of 1.7 hectares in 1831. It was then occupied by multiple small artisanal activities: shipbuilders and repairers, tanners …. Activities that declined from the 1950s.
It was from 1986, after the City had completed the acquisition of the last plots, that the development work began. At the end of the competition of architects, it was the Dulieu team, complemented by the Paysagiste Soulard, who obtained the site with an accomplishment on the Japanese theme.
The center island has a tea garden of Japanese inspiration. It reveals to the walker landscape paintings that are renewed step by step and throughout the seasons. The landscape recreated and structured by rockeries, waterfalls and water features is richly planted with exotic plants such as bamboos, bald cypresses, rhododendrons, camellias and Japanese cherry trees.
Its structure is structured around 3 buildings: the captaincy to manage the activities of the port of Erdre, the House of Erdre whose square structure surrounds a Zen garden (used by many exhibitions with the theme of ” Erdre and the aquatic environment). And to finish, the restaurant located at the end of the island.
In the traditional house of tea, the House of Erdre is the opportunity to discover the life of the plants and fish that inhabit the Erdre, including about twenty species of fish in aquariums.
From 15 January to 19 March and from 23 October to 17 November from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm
From 18 November to 14 January: from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
From March 20 to October 22: from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Quai Henri Barbusse
Tramway line 2: arrêts Saint-Mihiel / Motte Rouge.