Gardens to Visit: Ille et Vilaine
Le Jardin Anglais du Manoir de la Chaussee
Port de Roche (north-east of Redon). The gardens have more than 10,000 varied and rare plants, a rose garden, Mediterranean garden, water features and modern structures. Open May to November Wednesdneday and weekends
Les Renaudies garden
This botanical garden covers 4 hectares and includes a kitchen garden, walled- garden, children's play area. There are 3,000 species of trees, shrubs, roses, perennials and bulbs. A rural ecology museum completes the visit. Based at Les Mezarais (35
Parigne Peat Bog
26 hectares of flora and vegetation characteristic of a wet acidic habitat provide ideal conditions for the development of a rich and varied fauna (insects, birds, Poitou mules) at Maison de la Tourbiere, 42 rue de la Mairie,Parigne (35).
Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne, Chateau de la Foltiere
Situated just north of Fougeres. Large private gardens, including a botanical garden, secret garden, various water features and rose gardens. Open to the public from March to mid-November with a number of festivals throughout the year.
Park of the Chateau du Bois Cornille
Based at Route de Saint Christophe des Bois, Val dIze (35). The chateau, rebuilt in 1885, in the middle of a park designed by Buhler. Landscape garden and a French-style garden. The pond, surrounded by red beeches, can be crossed by 2 wooden bridges
Park of the Chateau de Bonnefontaine
15th-16th Breton renaissance style, surronded by English-style landscape gardens based at Antrain (35).
Musee des Beaux Arts - Rennes
Situated at 20 Quai Emile Zola. This museum has works from the 14th to the 21st centuries, including paintings by Picasso and Rubens, plus sculptures, statues and archaeological collections relating to the Egyptian and Greco-Roman civilisations.