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The Botanical gardens in Angers: photo description (Jardin des plantes d'angers)

In the historic part of Angers under the open sky is another interesting attraction of the city - Botanical garden the Jardin des Plantes, also known as the "Garden of plants".

It was broken in 1740 the founder of the society of lovers of botany Luthier de La Richelieu. After almost half a century the society decided to expand their Botanical holdings and purchased a plot of land on which stood the Abbey Church of Saint-Serge and in which a stream ran. To its present location, the garden moved in 1791 at the initiative of the botanist Gabriel Merlet de La Boulet. At the end of the XVIII century on the territory of the garden were held lessons of botany.

Today in the garden you can see the building of the Church of St. Samson, which is considered the oldest surviving churches in Angers. Its construction date is 1006. Despite its venerable age of the building, in the XIX century, it was adapted for the greenhouse. In 1972 the Church received the status of monument of history.

In 1901, significant damage to the Botanical garden hurricane. In the beginning of XX century the appearance of the garden was restored and slightly modernized landscape architect Edouard andré. Currently the garden area is about four hectares, on which grow many old and rare trees. Its territory is decorated with statues and fountains, paved walking paths. The Botanical garden has become a haven for several bird species and boasts a rich collection of plants.

In Angers you can visit other equally beautiful green corners - for example, the arboretum Gaston year located on the outskirts of the city. It is named for the scientist who planted here the first plants. The garden was founded in 1863 and today an area exceeding seven hectares. On its territory you can see rare plants and many conifers. The expanse of the arboretum is decorated with sculptures of artist Francois KASHO, they were installed here in 2001.