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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

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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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29750 Loctudy - T. 09 65 19 61 57

This manor house has been fully furnished with 16th- and 18th-century items (kitchen, drawing rooms, dining room, billiard room, smoking room and library). The art of living in Brittany in the 19th ce...

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

Classed as a 'remarkable garden', the Domaine de Trévarez is particularly noted for its botanic collections: camellia, rhododendrons (Label National Collection) and hydrangeas... blooming from spring ...

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

Kerjean park has an arrangement inspired by 18th century gardens, the only period for which we have archives about the park and gardens. Free access to the park at any time.

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29560 Landévennec - T. 02 98 27 35 90

Located on the Crozon Peninsula, in a remarkable maritime landscape, the ruins of this Abbey tell the tale of its prestigious history. Through models and archaeological artefacts, the museum retraces ...

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

Founded in 1132, the Abbaye du Relec comprises a large Romanesque church, remains of a cloister, lakes, a driveway lined with great trees, a monumental fountain and ancient gardens surrounded by moats...

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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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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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29200 Brest - T. 02 98 41 88 95

Rare, unspoilt treasures! The 'Conservatoire botanique' botanical gardens invite you on a journey among some of the world's rarest plants. The tropical glass-houses take you from the hot and humid zon...

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29460 Daoulas - T. 02 98 25 84 39

Founded in the 12th century, the Abbaye de Daoulas has the rare privilege of uniting several interests on a single site: the charm of gardens, the high-quality heritage values of the site and a discov...

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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

Nestling in a parkland of over 75 acres, the Manoir de Kernault offers a new way of learning all about local heritage. As soon as spring arrives, there's a programme of cultural events taking place i...

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29120 Combrit - T. 02 98 56 44 93

The 12-acre Cornouaille botanical park, created in 1983, is set in a landscape of pine woods. It consists of an English-style garden with one of the finest collections of plants in the west of France,...

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