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Parks and Gardens

Why does Finistère have so many palm trees and exotic plants?

There is a surprisingly rich diversity of plant species in Finistère, and not all are to be found in public parks or botanical gardens. From Daoulas Abbey and the Château de Trévarez  - with their horticultural expertise - to the modest domestic gardens around the coast, garden-lovers will find endless delights here.

And in answer to the question about those exotic plants, sailors had a longstanding tradition of bringing home a souvenir plant from their final voyage... so what you see are often the fruits of their travels.

Find out more on gardens in Finistère on the website of Brittany's Parks and Gardens Association www.apjb.org/en (in English).

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Keep an eye out for the label "Jardin remarquable" (literally, remarkable garden) awarded to those gardens whose design, planting and upkeep are of a remarkable standard. Any deserving garden, public or privately owned, protected or not, can win this award.

Discover the 7 "Jardins Remarquables du Finistère" :

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29680 Roscoff - T. 02 98 61 29 19

Experience the southern hemisphere here in north Finistère! This garden, started in 1986, covers some 16,000m² and offers different viewpoints from every angle. There’s an exceptional panoramic view a...

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29253 Île-de-Batz - T. 02 98 61 75 65

Created in 1897 by an enthusiastic botanist, the Georges Delaselle garden on the Ile de Batz is a world apart. In its sheer exuberance it contrasts with the surrounding marine environment. The palm gr...

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29410 Plounéour-Ménez - T. 02 98 78 05 97

The grounds of the ancient abbey have many different habitats which are home to a wide diversity of animal and plant life. Several protected species, including otters and bats, find food and shelter t...

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29520 Saint-Goazec - T. 02 98 26 82 79

The Château de Trévarez stands in grounds of 85 hectares overlooking the Aulne Valley and marks the fulfilment of a dream. In 1893 James Kerjégu undertook to build a luxury, state-of-the-art residence...

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29440 Saint-Vougay - T. 02 98 69 93 69

The Château de Kerjean is a magnificent example of Renaissance architecture, protected by strong ramparts and surrounded by large grounds. Don’t miss the collection of regional furniture and the origi...

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29000 Quimper

This garden located along Odet near the priory and classified 'Remarkable Garden' is planted with aromatic and medieval plants as it used to be in the monasteries at the time of Anne de Bretagne. Ches...

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29250 Sibiril - T. 02 98 29 96 05

Facing the castle, the park opens on an alley of plane trees overlooking a lawn. Two walkways go along this lawn. One borders a meadow planted with a variety of trees (beech , American oaks, lime tree...

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29200 Brest - T. 02 98 41 88 95

Rare and well-kept treasures! The Jardin du Conservatoire Botanique is a botanic garden inviting you to explore the world’s rarest plants. Tropical glasshouses lead you from humid forests to deserts i...

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29750 Loctudy - T. 09 65 19 61 57

The 5 hectares of grounds around the house are still in 19th century English-style with winding pathways, broad lawns, plenty of shade and a hint of Romanticism. The original entrance to the property ...

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29810 Brélès - T. 02 98 32 43 93

Built by the Marquis François III de Kergroadez, the early 17th-century Château de Kergroadez, near Brest, is a classic of defensive architecture dating from the Breton Renaissance period. This vast r...

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29460 Daoulas - T. 02 98 25 84 39

The theme of « beyond our shores continues in the exceptional medicinal herb gardens which feature a wide range of varieties from around the world. The wide diversity of the species illustrates those...

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29120 Combrit - T. 02 98 56 44 93

The Parc Botanique de Cornouaille, created in 1983, is set in 5 hectares of natural pinewoods. It comprises English-style gardens with one of the finest plant collections in western France, a water ga...

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29950 Gouesnach - T. 02 98 54 85 95

In this garden, you don't so much walk as take a journey. Bordering the River Odet, you can explore a captivating parkland of nearly 50 acres, where over 40,000 rhododendrons and azaleas will dazzle y...

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29300 Mellac - T. 02 98 71 90 60

The grounds of Kernault are a wonderful place for a country walk. Breton shire horses, Scottish cattle and Ouessant sheep graze the fields, meadows and orchards and a stream flows gently through the p...

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29560 Landévennec - T. 02 98 27 35 90

Located on the Crozon Peninsula, in a remarkable maritime landscape, these 5th-century abbey ruins and the museum tell the tale of the site’s prestigious history. Herb garden and kitchen garden. Exhib...

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