England: Summer Gardens of Cornwall24th Jun 2024
A visit to Cornwall in early summer, before the crowds descend during the school holidays, is a rewarding experience and there is an abundance of gardens to choose from. Thanks to the benign climate a wide range of plants can be grown here, from the great Asiatic shrubs to tender exotics.
Among the outstanding visits is a specially arranged guided tour of the garden at Tregrehan with owner Tom Hudson, who will give us his personal insight into the pleasures and pitfalls of gardening here in the Duchy of Cornwall. Other highlights include the garden at Marsh Villa, the result of years of hard labour by the enthusiastic owner; the Tremenheere Scuplture Garden near Penzance, which has established itself as a major attraction over the last decade, and Bonython, a courtyard garden with colour-themed shrubs and perennials. We also offer the opportunity to visit one of the wonders of the garden world, the unique Abbey Gardens on the island of Tresco, a sub-tropical paradise which has been dubbed ‘Eden with the lid off’. Our tour is topped and tailed with visits to two distinguished gardens, Gertrude Jekyll’s masterpiece of Hestercombe, and the impeccable RHS Garden Rosemoor, where the multitudes of roses will be at their best.
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Optional Excursion - Tresco 29 Jun 2024£250
What to Expect
- Guided tour with the owner at Tregrehan
- Optional visit to the Abbey Gardens, Tresco
- The ground-breaking Lost Gardens of Heligan
- Glendurgan’s intriguing maze
- Guided tour at RHS Garden Rosemoor
|To be advised
|London, Tothill St, Westminster
|Reading, Sainsbury’s, Jcn 12, M4
|Swindon, Holiday Inn, Frankland Rd
|Bristol, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
** 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 by coach from our pick-up points (London, Reading, Swindon and Bristol) and head for Cornwall, breaking our journey with a visit to Hestercombe, one of Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens’ greatest masterpieces. The garden is home to a round pool in a circular walled garden filled with wintersweet and roses, a Dutch garden of lamb’s ears, lavender and the most beautiful orangery of the 20th century. Everywhere there are details of design and plantings from which even the most experienced gardener can learn.
We continue to our hotel, where dinner is served in the evening.