During a trip made in 1897 Georges Delaselle, a parisian insurer passionately fond of exotic plants, fell under the charm of the island of Batz. Surprised by the presence of many rare plants originating from the four corners of the world and acclimatized by the sailors of the island, he decided to create an exotic garden.
From 1897-1918 Georges Delaselle directed the work and the planting, creating a line of artificial dunes in order to protect the garden from winds. He then began to excavate a deep rounded ditch five metres wide, the sides being cut in terraces. During this work he made an unexpected discovery, a bronze-age burial site.
In 1918 Georges Delaselle moved permanently to the island of Batz. He dedicated himself to the development of his garden.
Upon his death in 1944 at the age of 83, a lush oasis of palm trees and other exotic plants replaced the earlier arid primitive dunes. Sold several times, the garden became a victim of general disinterest, sank little by little into neglect, and was abandoned.
In 1987 a united voluntary team from the association The Friends of the Garden Georges Delaselle decided to revive this paradise. A gamble that the Conservatoire du Littoral pledged to support, on becoming owner of the site 100 years after its acquisition by Georges Delaselle, thus protecting once and for all this remarkable evidence of the history of botanical practice and adaptation of exotic plants in the 1900s.
The rebuilding of the garden stays loyal to the fundamental ideas outlined by its originator, and the recent planning will be in keeping with the romantic perception of Georges Delaselle which intensely permeates this picturesque site.