The plant collection which makes up the George Delaselle garden – and which was established in 1897 – comprises more than 2500 different species from all five continents. More than two thirds of the collection originate in the southern hemisphere, regions whose climate mirrors that of the Mediterranean (California, Chile, East Africa, Australia, New Zealand.) Every year, the garden benefits from an influx of new varieties. The unique character of this collection derives above all from the garden’s geographical location: an island benefitting from the mild waters of the English Channel and yet battered by wild Atlantic storms.

You will be transported, during this visit, into a variety of landscapes. The Necropolis, with its green carpet and cordylines, is a bower for the tombs from the bronze age discovered by Georges Delaselle. The Palm Grove, dug into the sand, harbors a rich collection of palm trees and sub-tropical plants. Proceeding to the Calvary, you come upon the world of succulent plants assembled among the Cactus Grove. The Maori Garden reveals the phormiums’ extraordinary palette of colors. It is a prelude to the Mediterranean ambiance enhance by the West Terrace, overlooking the sea. Through the bulb-plant rock garden, one reaches the Austral Territories, in the very center of the garden, where a vast variety of plants originating from Australia and New-Zealand are grown. Nearby the collection of Proteas are amazing with their curious flowering. The Grass Garden recalls the coastal sand-hill vegetation, while enhancing the wide perspective of the site and which ends in the Flowery Moor, covered with pillows of sea thrift. It is here the window of the garden opened on the continent, and especially on the South and distant exotic.