The Park of Domaine de Kerguéhennec


Prologue

Kerguehennec

Architecture and landscape are closely interwoven at Domaine de Kerguéhennec. The park, which has been home to a sculpture path with many works by important 20th-century artists since 1986, is both a recognised cultural monument and a park which was laid out in the 19th century as a landscape garden.

Kerguéhennec is characterised by two distinct garden areas. To the south, a path running along a stream reveals a "wild" landscape where human traces tend to disappear. To the north, the landscape park features a shady promenade at the heart of domesticated and consciously presented nature.

For many years, history lost sight of the contribution made by 19th-century landscape architects. And yet the majority of public gardens which have survived to the present day date from this period, among them a large number in France attributed to the Bühler brothers. These two landscape architects had a considerable influence on the morphology of numerous parks such as the Parc de la Tête d'Or in Lyon and the Parc du Thabor in Rennes. As brilliant designers with a profound knowledge of the plant world, they followed strict principles of landscape design, the conceptual unity of which gave rise to the term "Bühler style". The landscape park at Kerguéhennec bears the hallmark of both these landscape architects.