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Gardens of Southern England

Some of the tour’s sights.

royal tunbridge wells

penshurst place

great dixter gardens

sissinghurst gardens

chygurno gardens

lost gardenS of heligan

hidcote manor gardens

A tour especially designed for garden lovers with some real classic gardens both large and small. Discover some of the fascinating collection of gardens and garden landscapes of Southern England. Specialist tours based on specific plants, plants men and plants women and garden types are available on request as are tours of other regions of England, Scotland, Ireland and Continental Europe




Day 1 – Kent

Arrive in London and meet at the airport with your professional tour guide and coach for the journey to Kent and the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Stop off on the way to visit Penshurst Place and see the Italian garden constructed by Sir Henry Sidney and 11 acre formal walled garden with records dating back to 1346. Continue to the hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells, check-in and relax.

Overnight Royal Tunbridge Wells


Day 2 – Great Dixter & Sissinghurst

This morning travel to Great Dixter, a Tudor house with a famous twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden planted by Christopher Lloyd, author of many good books on plants and planting. Continue on to Sissinghurst Castle with its sophisticated garden, where rare plants are neighbours to traditional cottage garden flowers. The evening is to spend in the company of a local garden designer.

Overnight Royal Tunbridge Wells


Day 3 – Wisley, Upton Grey & Water

Depart Kent today for the South-West for a completely different style of garden. En route visit the Royal Horticultural Society's splendid Wisley Garden, 250 acres of wild daffodils, rhododendrons, azaleas, rock gardens, reflecting ponds and wooded slopes. Wisley is a real enthusiasts' garden offering ideas on design, innovation and cultivation techniques. Next stop is Upton Grey where fairly recently the foundations of a very special garden were discovered, designed in 1908 by Gertrude Jekyll for Charles Holme, a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. Finally visit the Longstock Water Garden, where seclusion of the garden and its mixed habitats attract a variety of wildlife. See the ''the finest water garden in the world'' as voted by the International Water Lily Society and a wide variety of native British wildflowers. Overnight Exeter


Day 4 – Cornish Cliffside Gardens

To the Southernmost part of Cornwall and Penzance this morning and a visit to Chygurno, the Cornish Cliffside Gardens situated above the stunning Lamorna Cove and see how this waterside garden tiers down in steep steps and terraces. Afterwards a visit to Trebah gardens, a sub-tropical paradise and home to a unique collection of rare and exotic plants, trees and shrubs winding down to a private and secluded beach on the Helford River. Overnight St Austell


Day 5 – Lost Gardens of Heligan & Eden Project

This morning we visit Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, reaching their zenith at the end of the nineteenth century, only to become overgrown and ‘lost’ soon after. Now see the internationally acclaimed award-winning garden restoration of “The Lost Gardens of Heligan". Later visit The Eden Project, based in a large crater in which nestle two vast greenhouses (Biomes), and meet a representative who will tell us about the aim of the project and what they hope to achieve in the future. Overnight St Austell


Day 6 – Bath

Head north today to Bath and stop en-route at Hestercombe in Somerset to see the famous Edwardian garden designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and planted by Gertrude Jeykll. Continue to Stourhead garden, lying in secluded privacy in its own valley, created in the 1740’s, and one of the finest landscape gardens in the world. The magnificent lake is central to this iconic garden of classical temples and follies. Overnight Bath


Day 7 – Iford, Bowood & Westonbirt

Today see the Grade I Italian-style garden at Iford Manor, famous for its tranquil beauty and as the home of architect and landscape gardener, Harold A. Peto from 1899 to 1933. The garden is characterised by steps, terraces, sculpture and magnificent rural views. Next visit Bowood House which stands in glorious 'Capability Brown' parkland with gently sloping lawns stretching away from the house to the lake beyond. The final stop is at Westonbirt Arboretum, one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world with over 3,000 different tree and shrub species. Meet a representative from the Forestry Commission who will give a talk about the important work the Commission does caring for trees within the National Tree Collection. Overnight Cotswolds


Day 8 – Hidcote & Kiftsgate

Visit one of Britain’s most famous gardens, Hidcote Manor Garden, this morning. Full of splendid architectural effects from bold planting, it covers 10 acres, but still resembles a series of cottage gardens. Just next door we pay a visit to Kiftsgate Court Gardens which is also a series of interconnecting gardens each with its distinct character and secrets. Depart for London. Overnight London


Day 9 – Kew & Painshill

Today enjoy a visit to the World Heritage Site of Kew Gardens. This once Royal residence representing nearly 250 years of historical gardens is home to a remarkable collection of over 30,000 types of plants from all over the world. Afterwards, join a local guide for a guided tour of Painshill Park. Located near Cobham, Surrey, Painshill Park was the vision of the Hon Charles Hamilton, a young nobleman who returned from his Grand Tour of Europe inspired by all the art and architecture he had seen. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own.

Overnight London


Day 10 – Chelsea Physic & Museum of Garden History

Situated in the heart of London, the Chelsea Physic Garden is a ‘Secret Garden' a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, it continues to research the properties, origins and conservation of over 5000 species. Housed in a former church next door to Lambeth Palace, the Museum of Garden History has transformed the old churchyard into a replica 17th century knot garden filled with plants authentic to the period. Tonight enjoy a Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight London


Day 11 – Departure

This morning, an executive motorcoach is provided for our transfer to Heathrow Airport.


This is a sample itinerary

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