The island of Guernsey, just 20 miles off the coast of France, flourishes in the warmth of late summer and is home to some wonderful private gardens, to which we have arranged special access.
On our first day in Guernsey we visit three private gardens as well as a very unusual and inspiring visit - the garden at Guernsey Prison. This is followed by a fascinating day of Guernsey highlights that features visits to a working dairy farm, home to a large herd of sleek Guernsey cows; the iconic Little Chapel and a jewellery workshop; Candie Gardens, a Victorian gem; the walled garden at Saumarez Park and Guernsey’s National Folk and Costume Museum.
On our third day we visit La Petite Vallée, where we find a range of traditional and exotic planting, followed by visits to a private garden with some unusual plants; the Fresia Nursery, where one of Guernsey’s main exports are grown, and Oatlands Village, which brings together a range of local crafts and produce.
Then we make the short sea crossing to the tranquil, traffic-free island of Sark where we visit the wonderful garden of La Seigneurie and wildflower meadows. We stay overnight here, an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful night skies that this unspoilt island offers, before returning to Guernsey where we visit another private garden and the historic gardens at Castle Cornet before our flight home.
We are guided by Malcolm Cleal, previously Manager of Guernsey’s Parks and Gardens Department and a Director of The Guernsey Botanical Trust, who has a vast horticultural and historical knowledge of the island’s parks, gardens, coastal and cliff areas which he will be only too happy to share with us.
We are based at La Barbarie Hotel in St Peter Port. The lovely rural location and award-winning restaurant make this one of Guernsey’s best hotels for relaxing short breaks.
- Meals - as per the itinerary
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Ferry crossings