England: Chichester Flower Festival and Gardens of Hampshire7th Jun 2024
The Chichester Flower Festival, in the magnificent setting of the 940 year-old Cathedral, is the centrepiece of this garden tour, an opportunity to experience a host of handcrafted floral arrangements along with an exhibition of sculptures. Whether you are a keen gardener or simply appreciate the beauty of flowers, you will find something here to inspire and delight you.
Our tour begins at the garden at Hinton Ampner near Winchester, widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of 20th-century garden design. Next we visit the Sir Harold Hillier Garden & Arboretum, whose unique collection of plants makes this one of the best arboretums and nurseries in Britain, and Mottisfont Abbey, whose collection of pre-1900 old roses will be at the peak of its flowering glory. We visit Bramdean House, a lovely five-acre garden famous for its mirror-image herbaceous borders and conclude at Longstock Water Garden, whose nursery could provide you with the perfect souvenir of this colourful and fragrant short summer break.
Our tour is hosted by plant expert Julia Corden, Head Gardener at Goodwood House.
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What to Expect
- Impressive handcrafted floral displays at Chichester Cathedral
- Mirror-image herbaceous borders at Bramdean
- Wonderful collections of trees and shrubs at Sir Harold Hillier
- Glorious display of old roses at Mottisfont Abbey
- Shopping for souvenir plants at Longstock Nursery
|To be advised
|London, Tothill Street, near Westminster Abbey
|London Heathrow Airport
|Basingstoke, Railway Station
** Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure. **
Day by Day Itinerary
We depart from London, Heathrow and Basingstoke this morning and head for our first visit, the garden at Hinton Ampner near Winchester, widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of 20th-century garden design with its mix of formal and informal planting. The garden covers 12 acres and has some excellent topiary as well as colourful borders and a delightful walled garden, which dates back to Tudor times when it may have been the hop garden. Scented plants, terraces and stunning views add to the atmosphere.
We then continue to our accommodation in Winchester.