Where nature thrives

Angers has been reputed for its horticultural expertise for two centuries.
Find out about opportunities in this innovative economic sector.

  • Plant Science Campus
  • Terra Botanica
  • The Angers hydrangea

Angers, home of specialist plant expertise

Whether it is for growing, further education, research or trade fairs…
Angers is a non-negotiable stop if you’re looking to work or study in any plant-related sector.

With worldwide competitive cluster VEGEPOLYS based here, Angers attracts professionals and students from all over the world. The region’s pleasant climate and highly skilled talent have helped to firmly establish its reputation in this sector.
Naturally, the European Union chose Angers to set up its Community Plant Variety Office which protects different plant varieties.

Angers is home to the biggest names in the horticulture industry.

Vilmorin, Ernest Turc, André Briant and Limagrain are all reputed names in horticulture and plant seed circles. 5,000 people work in these specialist horticulture companies.

Angers is home to the biggest names in the horticulture industry.

Vilmorin, Ernest Turc, André Briant and Limagrain are all reputed names in horticulture and plant seed circles. 5,000 people work in these specialist horticulture companies.

The Plant Science Campus, only one of its kind in France

Facilities at the Plant Science Campus can be used to combine research, innovation and training.

250 researchers and engineers work on plant health, the creation of new varieties, and ways to use plants in urban settings. Businesses and education facilities in the plant science industry enjoy access to 10,000m² of experimental greenhouses and 8,000m² of laboratories.

10,000

m² of experimental greenhouses

8,000

m² of specialist laboratories

The Angers, Val de Loire hydrangea

Hydrangea producers in Angers who are members of the Hydrangea Worldwide organisation promote one of Anjou’s most emblematic flowers. Angers’ companies are internationally renowned for their know-how and innovation

Angers is the largest European location for the production and sale of hydrangeas.

25% of European production is grown within 30 km of Angers.
Of the 6 million hydrangeas grown in the region, 80% are exported.

Angers, top French town for plant science training and education

The 2,500 students on 25 courses in the sector, ranging from basic vocational qualifications to postgraduate training, can choose from a host of career opportunities, from horticulture and seed production right through to agronomic research and bioinformatics. These are high-potential, upcoming sectors requiring cutting-edge techniques, particularly in electronics. This sector represents 30,000 jobs in the Pays de la Loire region.

30,000

jobs

2,500

students

Angers attracts students from all over Europe to study horticulture and plant sciences.

Angers attracts students from all over Europe to study horticulture and plant sciences.

Terra Botanica, theme park and business centre

The only plant and flower theme park in Europe, Terra Botanica is set in 11 hectares of nature and is popular with families.

It also offers a unique and unusual setting for business meetings. Seminars, symposiums, trade shows… Over 200 businesses use the Terra Botanica business centre and its 3,500 m² of private grounds.

The place to do business in the plant industry

Angers is first on the map for major trade events and symposiums in the plant sector.

After Brisbane and Istanbul, in 2022 the 31st International Horticultural Congress will be held in Angers.

3,000 professionals from the world over will converge at this week-long major international event.

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