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Finistère: the National Botanic Conservatory of Brest and its exceptional gardens

Rédigé par Saliha Hadj-Djilani translated by Joséphine Foucher le Lundi 19 Septembre 2016

Near Brest’s city center and Océanopolis, the garden of the national botanic conservatory is home to one of the world’s largest collection of disappeared and endangered plants.

Tropical greenhouses at the National Botanic Conservatory of Brest (photo: CNB de Brest)
Tropical greenhouses at the National Botanic Conservatory of Brest (photo: CNB de Brest)
Established inside an ancient pit, this natural space of 30 hectares was chosen in the 1970s for its mild climate, its steep hillsides and its stream that unite all the favorable conditions to grow plants from all over the world.

Not only can the small lavender from the Rade de Brest sea be found but also 2,500 plants from all over the planet: Chile, New-Zealand, Mauritius, Hawaii…

When wandering around the tropical greenhouses, the conservatory garden and the temporary exhibits, visitors can discover a collection of exceptional plants that awarded the garden the labels Remarkable Garden and Botanical Garden of France and of Francophone countries.

“The treasure of the Conservatory Garden is found in its tropical greenhouses. They are home to the highest concentration of endangered plants in France with over 500 of some of world’s rarest species,” explains Jean-Luc Jourdain of the Finistère CDT.

Practical Information

Hisbiscus-Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest (photo: CNB de Brest)
Hisbiscus-Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest (photo: CNB de Brest)
National Botanical Conservatory of Brest
52, allée du Bot
29 200 Brest
Phone: +33 (0) 2 98 41 88 95 ; Fax : +33 (0) 2 98 41 57 21

From 4 to 5.5 euros per person. From 5 to 6.5 euros the guided visit.

All year long, from 9am to 6pm or 8pm in the summer (free). The garden has a playground for children.

Guided visit: every wednesday, in July and August at 3pm.

Brest Tourism Office Website

Finistère Tourism Website

Getting to Brest ?


Several daily flights from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle or from Paris-Orly and other major cities of France.
Shuttles toward the city-center or toward the tramway departure.


Paris/Brest in TGV: 4h.

Finistère: le conservatoire botanique national de Brest et ses jardins exceptionnels

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