The Georges Delaselle Gardens on the Ile de Batz

The story of the garden began in 1897 when a Parisian businessman, Georges Delaselle, visited the island and was captivated by the exotic plants brought there by sailors. He decided to create his own exotic garden and in 1918 moved permanently to the island. As so often happens, on his death the gardens gradually fell into disrepair and were only rescued in 1987 with the formation of the Friends and the support of the Conservatoire du Littoral. Today there are more than 2,500 species in the garden, from five continents. 

The South African Rockery is bright and cheerful as you step through the gate.

South African plants in the Georges Delaselle Gardens South African plants in the Georges Delaselle Gardens

Polygale Myrtifolia (South Africa)

Polygale Myrtifolia (South Africa)

And just round the corner I found proteas!

South African proteas in the Georges Delaselle Gardens

While digging ditches Georges Delaselle uncovered a Bonze Age Necropolis. Today where cordyline trees stand among the dolmens and allee couvertes.

The Necropolis in the Georges Delaselle Gardens

The Palm Grove has a huge variety of palm trees and ferns, as well as a pond hidden in the semi-gloom – a real joy for a photographer with time to spare.

The Palm Grove in the Georges Delaselle Gardens

The Palm Grove in the Georges Delaselle Gardens The Palm Grove in the Georges Delaselle Gardens

The Palm Grove in the Georges Delaselle Gardens

When he arrived in 1897 there were no trees on the site and Georges Delaselle planted them as windbreaks. Now they tower upwards.

The Georges Delaselle Gardens

The Georges Delaselle Gardens

On a hill is a Calvary – I don’t know where this comes from, but it looks like the many 16C and 17C carvings I have seen all over Brittany. But why here?

The Calvary in the Georges Delaselle Gardens

The Cactus Garden has many plants which I recognise from South Africa… On a cactus which I remember as standing proudly in the veldt people have carved their initiials – what can one say…

The Cactus garden in the Georges Delaselle Gardens

The Cactus garden in the Georges Delaselle Gardens

The borders and the grass garden…

The Borders in the Georges Delaselle Gardens

The Grass Garden in the Georges Delaselle Gardens

Looking out –

Views from the Georges Delaselle Gardens

Views from the Georges Delaselle Gardens

Views from the Georges Delaselle Gardens

Views from the Georges Delaselle Gardens

This is a fascinating garden and bear in mind I was visiting in September, it is clearly beautiful at most times of the year. Do visit!

2 thoughts on “The Georges Delaselle Gardens on the Ile de Batz

  1. You have some lovely textural photos here Candy. I do love a garden that transports me to different parts of the world. Such delightful surprises to be found, like the proteas.

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