early May-mid Sep: 7.30am-8pm, Mon-Tue and Thu-Fri 2pm-6pm; mid Feb-end Mar and Oct: 8am-7pm, Mon-Tue and Thu-Fri 2pm-6pm; rest of year: 8am-6pm, Mon-Tue and Thu-Fri 2pm-6pm
This establishment dedicated to garden innovation lies to the southeast of the centre of Angers. An avenue of oaks leads to the house of its founder, botanist Gaston Allard (1838-1918). The 7 500m2 of grounds around the building are given over to annual and perennial plants, bulbs and shrubs. There are also contemporary sculptures and potted plants. Beyond, a little sensory garden is laid out around a rectangular pond with water lilies.