Gardens of Jersey
Situated within touching distance of France, the island of Jersey is blessed with wonderfully mild and sunny weather, making it the perfect destination for an early summer holiday. It is also home to some splendid gardens which make the most of this favourable climate to produce stunning displays, not to mention the profusion of wildflowers that thrive in the lush green meadows.
Creux Baillot Cottage Garden is set in a tranquil valley and packed full of unusual plants and elegant features. We will also have a look for some of the rare wild orchids to be found in the meadows around here, in particular Le Noir Pré, where species such as the rare Jersey wild orchid, the spotted orchid and the southern marsh orchid can usually be found. At the Domain des Vaux, fine trees and shrubs are set around a traditional Jersey farmhouse and at Les Aix we find nut and camellia trees, and borders with old English roses. We also visit the excellent Samarès Botanical Gardens and the Eric Young Orchid Foundation, and we have a day set aside to explore the many attractions of Jersey such as the War Tunnels and Mount Orgueil Castle.
Deposit: $300 Single supplement: $330
Day 1 -
We fly from London Gatwick to Jersey (flights from regional airports are also available on request at a supplement). On arrival, we will be met by our coach and transfer to our comfortable accommodation. Our local guide will host a pre-dinner welcome meeting to introduce us to the island.
Dinner is served in the evening.
|Hotel||Pomme d’Or Hotel, St Helier|
Day 2 -
Enjoy your breakfast. We visit three private gardens today, beginning at Domain des Vaux. The gardens and woodland are set around a traditional Jersey farmhouse. There are magnificent specimens of magnolias and camellias as well as a kitchen garden and formal herb garden here.
We continue to Les Aix, which is built around a traditional granite house, with an orchard, nut and camellia trees, a yew and bush maze, and borders with old English roses.
At Creux Baillot we will meet the enthusiastic owner of this, one of the most established gardens on the island, which contains many rare and unusual plants. A large bog garden contains water loving irises while other drier areas include species from Central America.
On our June departure there will also be a visit to Le Noir Pré, where hopefully the wild orchids to be found there for several weeks from mid-May will still be in bloom. The rare Jersey wild orchid, the Spotted Orchid and the Southern Marsh Orchid are to be found in this particular field at St Ouen, which is owned by the National Trust for Jersey.
We return to our hotel where dinner is served in the evening.
Day 3 -
After breakfast the day is free to explore the many attractions that Jersey has to offer. A frequent bus service connects the various attractions on island and among the places you may consider visiting are the Jersey War Tunnels, an award-winning exhibition based in a former underground hospital which tells the story of Jersey’s occupation by the Nazis in World War Two; Mont Orgueil Castle, one of the best preserved castles in Britain, which stood as the first line of defence against French invasion after the fall of Rouen in 1204; and the Maritime Museum, which tells of Jersey’s close association with the sea (entrances not included).
The principal town of St Helier has a good range of shops and there are further high quality retail outlets out of town such as Jersey Pottery and Jersey Pearl. A variety of boat trips can be arranged locally, including day trips to Guernsey or to the historic walled city of St Malo on the French mainland, which has many fine restaurants and attractive shops (passport required).
Dinner is served in the hotel this evening.
Day 4 -
This morning we visit the privately-owned Samarès Botanical Garden, a development of gardens created in the 1920s by Sir James Knott. The gardens are extensive, tranquil and diverse in style and include a renowned herb garden and Japanese garden with all the plants clearly labelled.
After some free time in Gorey we move on to the Eric Young Orchid Foundation, which has an outstanding collection of orchids and has won gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. We can admire the sheer diversity of this most extravagant and flamboyant of all flowers in a purpose-built display facility.
We round off the day at Ransoms Garden Centre, where we enjoy a cream tea and have a chance to pick up some souvenirs.
Dinner is served in the evening.
Day 5 -
This morning, following breakfast, we transfer to the airport in time for our return flight back to London or regional airports.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Meals - as per the itinerary
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Availability|
|September 1 2020||BJER200901||September 1 2020 (Tuesday)||September 5 2020 (Saturday)||$1,795
|$300||$330||Call for availability|