Jardin Exotique et Botanique, Roscoff

The Jardin Exotique et Botanique at Roscoff is an extraordinary garden which started in 1986 when the Department of Finistère bought the Roc d’Hievec and gifted it to Roscoff. Two remarkable men, Louis Kerdilès and Daniel Person, then created a garden which today is pure delight, with plants from around the world and nearly one third from South Africa – so I felt at home!

I started in the hothouses where the succulents were astounding.

Jardins Botanique et Exotique, Roscoff

Jardins Botanique et Exotique, Roscoff

Jardins Botanique et Exotique, Roscoff

Jardins Botanique et Exotique, Roscoff

Jardins Botanique et Exotique, Roscoff

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Further information
Le Jardin Botanique et Exotique de Roscoff

Dahlias in The Thabor Gardens, Rennes

The Thabor Gardens, a wonderful 10-hectare Park/Gardens, is in the centre of Rennes – a must-visit! I wrote about the Gardens on the travel blog and here I would like to share the dahlias, which were in full bloom and quite simply spectacular.

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Dahlia 'New Baby'
Dahlia ‘New Baby’

Dahlia in The Thabor Gardens

Dahlia 'Cartouche'
Dahlia ‘Cartouche’

Dahlias in The Thabor Gardens, Rennes

Dahlia 'Faro'
Dahlia ‘Faro’
Dahlia 'Charles de Gaulle'
Dahlia ‘Charles de Gaulle’
Dahlia 'Charles de Gaulle'
Dahlia ‘Charles de Gaulle’

Dahlias in the Thabor Gardens, Rennes

 

Dahlia 'Eurydice'
Dahlia ‘Eurydice’
Dahlia 'Toupie'
Dahlia ‘Toupie’
Dahlia 'Emory Paul'
Dahlia ‘Emory Paul’
Dahlia 'Capricio'
Dahlia ‘Capricio’
Dahlia 'Violeta'
Dahlia ‘Violeta’

Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne – Jardins du Crepuscule

The last part of the Parc is The Twilight Garden, representing Autumn which I assume means the last cycle of life, or as an actor once said ‘the final act’. I must admit I did not understand this part of the garden and leave you with some plants and sights which caught my eye but I can’t say anything intelligent about what I was seeing!

Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne – Jardins Romantiques

The Jardins Romantiques is the second garden in the Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne and, as in 2015, I spent a lot of time in the Garden of the Rising Sun. But this year we walked through Le Bois Décisif and round the opposite side of the lake.

Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne – Garden of Arcady

As in 2015 the first day in France included a visit to the Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne. But unlike 2015 this was a more selective visit – I didn’t try to see everything in the garden.

Plan of the Gardens (http://www.parcs-et-jardins.net/plan.html)

The entrance to the Parc is down the Alley of White Pearls, a path lined with Hydrangea Paniculata and the beginning of the Garden of Arcady. The three sets of gardens are apparently meant to evoke the three seasons of LifeSpring, Summer, and Autumn.

Hydrangea Paniculata at the entrance to the Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne

Cornus Variegata Hydrangea Paniculata

The Walled Garden or Cité Antique looked rather dry and somewhat neglected this year, but there were still some pretty things to see and enjoy such as the Greek Theatre and some of the flowers. But overall it was crying out for attention.

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The Walled Garden

Jjust outside The Walled Garden were two beautiful flowering Hibiscus, and a Persian Silk Tree (Albizia Julibrissin). The tree is lovely but seems to be regarded as an invasive pest in many parts of the world, with recommendations not to plant it.

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Persian Silk Tree (Albizia)
Persian Silk Tree (Albizia)

I liked the shaped bamboo cones in the Lotus Pond, but on this day there were no lotus flowers.

Bamboo cones in the Lotus Pond

The Secret Garden was absolutely wonderful! The Hydrangea Paniculata were still white, and abundant. It is apparently based on a Mediaeval idea of a secret garden for quiet contemplation.

The Secret Garden, Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne

Hydrangea Paniculata Hydrangea Paniculata

In the Garden of Dionysus there were these wonderful plants – a variety of Hedychium Coccineum – sorry, that is all I can manage! And I also found some beautiful blue mop head hydrangeas.

Hedychium Coccineum Hedychium Coccineum Hedychium Coccineum Blue hydrangeas

The Jardins Romantiques and Crépuscules will follow in the next posts!

Further information
Brief commentaries on the different ‘rooms’ in the garden

Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne, final

A systematic exploration of the third section of the garden, the Jardins du Crepuscules, escaped me. I wandered through the woods, noticed the Prehistoric Garden, and then went in search of a cup of coffee. Now if the cafe in front of the Chateau had been open…

Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne

Travelling is, for me, about new understandings and so the main stop on Day 1 in France was at the Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagnea wonderful, magical garden of 85 hectares in the north of Normandy. The Parc was laid out in 1847 and has 24 different garden areas.

Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne, plan