A wonderful extravagance of plants overlooks the sea on the edge of Roscoff – the Jardin Botanique et Exotique de Roscoff. The garden started in 1986 when the Department bought a rock, the Roc d’Hievec, and two enterprising gardeners set to work – Daniel Person and Louis Kerdilès.
Greenhouses are filled with wonderful, strange, exotic succulents.
Plants from South Africa form about one third of the collection, and include these amazing proteas, as well as geraniums, flowering shrubs, lilies, and cactuses.
Everything comes together in lush abundance.
The woodland section is damp, cool, dark, with ferns everywhere, and a wonderful little iris which I last saw in South Africa.
Grasses and flax plants are all over – marvellous.
And the scene below could be South Africa…