Garden holiday in the French region Brittany

The French region Brittany is the one where it rains quite sometimes. Situated on a piece of land that stretches out in the Atlantic ocean, weather conditions are much alike the UK. So… that makes it a great place for gardeners. Did you know that Bretagne counts over 140 gardens?

I visited two of them, so my list is absolutely not complete. But that makes me long to come back one day.

Jardin Botanique de Yves Rocher

One of the special gardens in Bretagne is from Yves Rocher, the cosmetics brand that you might know. Founded by botanist Yves and now continued by his grandson Bris. All products are plant based and cruelty free. The botanic garden on the terrain is the source of inspiration for the product developers of the brand.

It is situated in the super charming town La Gacilly. With about about 1,100 plant species it is a true observatory of useful plants.

The garden is open to public. Visitors can experience a sensory journey to the sources of Yves Rocher’s expertise and see the best of botany and the specific benefits of plants, like plants with scents, recovering and healing elements, like calendula (softening) or echinacea (anti-aging).

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The town of Yves Rocher is La Gacilly, with cute streets packed with flowers. In summertime there’s an open air photography festival.

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In the garden you’ll see lots of flowers and you can even wander through a mindful bamboo forest.

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Succulents in the greenhouse, fennel, echinacea, sunflowers and cornflowers. All plants with benefits.

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Creative plant tags!

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Plants used for cosmetic products are grown just around the corner of the factory.

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Plants with a forest scent.

Want to visit this garden? More information is on the website.

Parc Botanique De Haute Bretagne

This large park was already founded in 1847. It now counts 24 theme gardens.

All of them are inspired by poems, memories of travels, or the history of the gardens.

The diversity of plants, flowers and viewpoints offer a charming walk. From March till late November, you’ll always find something interesting here.

  • March: the wonder of renewal, the magnificent flowering of a collection of 500 varieties of camellias, numerous magnolias, prunus, helleborus, narcissus, pulsatilla.
  • April: the magic of colors with azaleas, the fire tree of Chile, the American cornus.
  • May: the great spectacle of rhododendrons and flowerbeds of perennials.
  • June: the charm of old roses and the surprising collections of kalmias, philadelphus, stewartias.
  • July: the ethereal blue of hydrangeas and agapanthus.
  • August: the alchemy of light on the crocosmias and the echinacea.
  • September: the romantic landscape and the melancholic ‘end of summer’ feel.
  • October and November: the conflagration of the foliage of Japanese maples, plus a multitude of other species: stewartias, lagerstroemias, bald cypresses, ginkgo biloba.
  • Wintertime: alternate light and lead-gray mornings that give a mysterious look to the landscape and the garden. The old plants are covered in frost or even snow.

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In all the theme gardens there’s something interesting like, architectonic design, a Japanese garden, a green corridor.

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Colours that blend with each other perfectly.

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There’s a greenhouse to shop for some specialties like the blue purple agapanthus that you see everywhere in Brittany.

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Dahlias, anemones and agapanthus, I love them all!

Want to visit this garden? More information is on the website.

 

Information on parcs and gardens in Brittany

On the website of the Association des Parcs et Jardins de Bretagne there’s about 140 sites to be discovered on a large map.

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