The Gardens of the Isle of Wight with Christine Walkden (exclusively with the Daily Telegraph)
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The Isle of Wight is often called the ‘Garden Isle’, thanks to its sunny, warmer than average weather and abundance of exotic plants. just 23 miles long by 13 miles wide, the island has a quintessentially English landscape and a rich concentration of delightful gardens. Benefiting from both the Gulf Stream and more sunshine hours than on the mainland, there’s an exotic and eclectic range of colourful plants that wouldn’t flourish in the rest of the UK.
Osbourne House was Queen Victoria’s favourite summer residence and features a tree-lined walk to the Swiss Cottage, an extravagant Wendy house where the royal children used to play. As well as touring the grounds with our celebrity guest Christine Walkden and the head gardener, we’ll enjoy lunch in the Terrace Restaurant and a tour of the house. Christine will also give a private talk and answer all your horticultural questions
There will be many horticultural highlights, from the rare trees and clerodendron of Ventnor Botanic Gardens to Japanese acers and an Elizabethan sunken garden at Morton Manor and the rose garden and fruit trees at Mottistone Manor. We also visit Carisbrooke Castle, a quintessential romantic castle with an Edwardian style garden.
Christine Walkden first grew flowers and vegetables on her allotment aged ten to sell to her teachers and neighbours. During her career, she has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and has presented Gardeners’ World, Christine’s Garden, The Great British Garden Revival and the Royal Television Society award-winning Glorious Gardens From Above. She is currently a panel member on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time and appears on The One Show.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Ferry crossings
- Meals - as per the itinerary