Les Jardins de Kerdalo

Peter Wolkonsky, painter prince, spent much of his youth painting with his mother mainly in Italy and Provence, before he began to design and create gardens.

He embarked on the creation of the gardens of Kerdalo in 1965, in the acid and undulating terrain of an old farm overlooking the river Jaudy opposite the ancient town of Tréguier. Ponds, waterfalls, cascades, a grotto, and pavilions appeared within a few years. With the co-operation of great nurserymen such as Harold Hillier of Winchester plants were carefully selected for their botanical rarity and in particular for their colours. More than 5,000 plants found a home in these 17 hectares. On Peter’s death in 1997 Kerdalo was taken in hand by his daughter Isabelle and her husband Timothy, and - despite the ravages of the 1999 gales, floods, leaking ponds, and even occasional droughts – the gardens have today more than recovered their original splendour.

Kerdalo is a fragile world, at the mercy of weather, climate changes, and pollution. A magic, nestling, enclosed, secret world, both natural and artificial, where the botanical is interwoven with the romantic.

In 2005 Kerdalo gardens were classed as a “Remarkable Garden” by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and in 2007 they were registered as a Historical Monument.