The RHS Chelsea Flower Show
- The Great British gardening event of the year, The Chelsea Flower Show
- The ornamental and experimental gardens of RHS Wisley
- The world-renowned courtyard gardens of Sissinghurst Castle
One of the highlights of the gardening year, Chelsea is an enduring English institution.
The Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s leading horticultural event and every year produces gardens and exhibits of the highest quality. Once again you will be able to marvel at an international collection of magnificent blooms, brilliant displays and perfect specimen trees alongside a wide range of exhibition gardens, all vying for a coveted Gold Medal.
The Grand Marquee contains over 3 acres of plants and flowers of every description, smaller tents are devoted to floral art and garden design whilst outside are the full scale gardens. Whether you go for inspiration, gardening advice or simply an exhilarating day out, the Chelsea Flower Show is an unforgettable experience.
In addition to the Flower Show our tour visits a selection of gardens including Sissinghurst, one of the finest and most copied flower gardens in the world; RHS Wisley, where the highest standards of horticulture are practiced in a splendid and very English setting and Tatton Park with its sunken garden and Japanese garden.
We depart from your designated pick-up and head south stopping en-route for refreshments. We continue to our comfortable hotel, where we will enjoy dinner this evening.
Today, after breakfast, we will spend the day at the Chelsea Flower Show. The Chelsea Flower Show holds a rare position as a great British tradition and an exciting source of inspiration and advice. One of the highlights of the show is the collection of over 20 full-sized show gardens. Inside the Great Marquee visitors have their senses ravished by the hundreds of floral displays, many of them incorporating new, rare and unusual plants. Other popular features here include flower arranging, floristry and garden design marquees, courtyard gardens, window boxes and hanging baskets.
We return to our hotel for dinner.
This morning, we visit Wisley Garden, which is where the Royal Horticultural Society shows the gardening public how it should be done. This afternoon we continue to Sissinghurst in Kent. This famous garden was created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson from 1930 onwards and became the most admired English Garden of its time. Few great gardens live up to their reputations so effortlessly as this. It never disappoints its visitors, it has the power of enchantment, but it is also an unending source of inspiration for all gardeners.
We return to our hotel for dinner.
Following breakfast we will check out of the hotel, before continuing our homeward journey north. En route home we have a real treat when we stop at the gardens of Tatton Park in Cheshire, England's most complete historic estate with beautiful gardens which have an exuberant 19th century flavour. There is much to see including a sunken garden with a pergola and rose-beds, and a serpentine network of lakes. There is an exceptional Japanese garden near one of the lakes, with an arched bridge and a Shinto temple.
We continue north and expect to arrive home in the evening.
- 3 nights at Farnborough Holiday Inn – dinner, bed & breakfast
- Full day at the Chelsea Flower Show
- Visits to Sissinghurst, RHS Wisley and Tatton Park
- Services of a professional tour manager
Supplements per person
- Single room supplement: £90.00
- Insurance: £21.00 (under 65); £42.00 (65-74); £63.00 (75-90)
Overnight accommodation before or after the tour in Edinburgh, Glasgow or Perth available on request
Please note pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers and all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.
Air packages available upon request – please ask for details.
Departure points and times
(Outside railway station)
(Outside Carnegie College)
(Edinburgh Marriott Hotel)
(Premier Travel Inn)
(and any suitable service station on M6/M1)
Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.