Grade

Easy Garden Tours

Accommodation

4* Hotels

Land Transportation

Coach with Airco

Cost

4470

Flights

Excluded

Single Supplement

595

Group

30

Tour Booklet

On Arrival

Breakfasts

8

Dinners

3

Lunches

6

Welcome Drinks

included

1 High Tea

included

2 Cream Teas

included

22 May 2021 - 30 May 2021

4,5705,165

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Tour Summary – What’s Included

  • Escorted tour in English for 30 people (max) with an experienced professional tour guide with botanical knowledge.
  • Membership of the Royal Horticultural Society.  Exclusive member admission to the garden show.
  • Accommodation in hotels of standing: Heathrow Airport Hotel , Woodlands Park hotel, Richmond Hill HotelAshdown Park Hotel in air-conditioned rooms.
  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners, Welcome Drinks, 2 Cream Teas, 1 Afternoon Tea, Farewell Dinner.
  • Entrance fees for all gardens and venues visited.
  • Luxury Transportation by private air-conditioned coach.
  • 24 hr. Emergency Service.

Cost/ Booking Conditions:

  • Double/Twin Sharing: €4570 per person.
  • Single Room (1 person/1 Bed):  €5165 per person.
  • Refundable deposit of 20% of the tour price.

Tour Description

We start this tour of gardens in the South East of England on 22 May 2021. Over the next 8 days we’ll visit a number of exceptional gardens as well as visit the Chelsea Flower Show where you will see first-hand the work of some of the world’s best garden designers.  Sissinghurst Castle garden created by Vita Sackville-West, Christopher Lloyd’s Great Dixter with gardens designed by Lutyens, Gravetye Manor where Robinson’s natural style of gardening was borne and Leonardslee Gardens one of the finest and largest woodland gardens in England are just 4 of the 12 magnificent examples of English gardening supremacy that you will visit on this tour.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – 22 May 2021- Arrival at Heathrow Airport, London – Check-in to Hilton London Heathrow Airport, Complementary Welcome Drinks

  • After arriving at Heathrow Airport make your own way to our airport hotel for an overnight stay. Our hotel is conveniently connected to Terminal 4 and can be reached via a covered walkway.  There is a free airport train service that connects all airport terminals with Terminal 4.
  • Meet your tour guide and fellow garden visitors over complementary drinks between 1800-1900.
  • Make your own arrangements for dinner, either at the hotel or nearby at one of the restaurants recommended by the Hotel’s concierge.

Accommodation:    Heathrow Airport Hotel

Day 2 – 23 May 2021 –  Leonardslee Garden, High Beeches – Breakfast,  Lunch & Dinner Include

  • After breakfast and checkout, we travel to Leonardslee Gardens one of the finest and largest woodland gardens in England.  Leonardslee was created by the plantsman Sir Edmund Loder in 1887 on 250 acres of land on the edge of Wealden Forest.   The garden has only just reopened after being closed for decade.  With panoramic views towards the South Downs, Leonardslee was designed around the site’s natural features.  There are woodland walks, grassy glades and seven lakes all of which provide a perfect setting for the many rare plants which we will see in blossom during our visit to this exceptional woodland garden.   Leonardslee is noted for its rhododendrons and during our tour we will be sure to come across the very special scented rhododendron x loderi which was first cultivated on the property.   With rhododendrons lining the paths in abundance, we will come across sheets of bluebells in the woodland and on the banks of the lakes and streams we will find densely planted candelabra primulas, lysichitons and gunneras.
  • We have arranged for us all to have lunch here at the garden’s 1* Michelin restaurant.
  • After lunch we travel to High Beeches, the second garden visit of the day.  High Beeches is perhaps the most magical Sussex woodland and water garden that we will visit on this tour.  Created in 1906 by Colonel Giles Loder, a cousin of the owner of Leonardslee garden, High Beeches is set in over 25 acres and holds the UK’s National Collection of stewartias, a relative of the Camelia. As we are visiting the garden in late Spring we expect to see sheets of bluebells in between glades of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias all of which should be in flower at the time of our visit, as well as many rare trees and shrubs of course.   The many benches spread throughout the property will entice you to explore and admire the Spring colors at leisure.
  • We leave Lower Beeding and travel a short distance to Woodlands Park Hotel, a Grade II listed Victorian house set in 8 acres and where we will stay for the next two nights.
  • Tonight please join us for a welcome dinner in one of our hotel’s award winning restaurants.

Accommodation:  Woodlands Park hotel

Day 3 – 24  May 2021- RHS Gardens Wisley, Loseley Park – Breakfast, Lunch & High Tea included

  • After a leisurely breakfast we’ll drive by luxury coach to visit RHS Wisely gardens.  Gifted to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) by Sir Thomas Hanbury in 1904 (creator of the famous La Mortola garden in Ischia, Italy), Wisley Gardens, situated on 200 acres (81 ha) is an important center of learning and research and boasts the most important demonstration garden in Europe.
  • As RHS’s flagship garden there is something special to see in this garden at every time of the year even during the darkest of winter days.  As we’ll be visiting the garden in Spring you’ll certainly see a spectacular display from the very many rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and deciduous azaleas that have been planted here in an area of woodland called Battleston Hill.  There are glasshouses with 4 temperate zones housing cacti, succulents, orchids, epiphytes as well as many other plants not native to the UK, as well as areas devoted to specific plants such as the pinetum – an area of stately conifers many of which are record breakers in terms of their height and which are interesting to visit in any season.
  • Our second garden visit of the day is to Loseley Park House, an Elizabethan mansion and home to the More-Molyneux family for more than 500 years.   It’s 2.5 acre walled garden holds more than 1000 old fashioned roses in different shades of pink, red and white.  Yew hedges are used to create 5 garden rooms each planted with a different theme many of which being in the Gertrude Jekyll style.  There is also an exceptional herb garden which has been divided into 6 sections each being planted with herbs according to their intended use.  We’ll find time during our visit to have afternoon tea, a quintessential English experience!
  • At the end of a full day we return to our hotel.  Make your own arrangements for dinner, either at the hotel with its award winning restaurant or nearby at one of the restaurants recommended by the Hotel’s concierge.

Accommodation:  Woodlands Park hotel

Day 4 – 25 May 2021 – Savill Gardens, Ramster Garden – Breakfast, Lunch & Cream Tea Included

  • These 35 acres (15 ha) of woodland gardens are owned by the Queen and occupy a small area of Windsor Great Park just outside of London. Named after Sir Eric Savill, planting took place between 1932 and 1950.  Many plants were either raised from seed or gifted by collectors from all over the world. There is an excellent collection of Rhododendrons and Azeleas both species and hybrid, magnolias as well as very many notable trees and shrubs such as acers, nothofagus, camellias, stewartias, flowering cherries and hydrangeas.  There is also a temperate house, a peat garden and various ponds providing habitats for waterside and bog plants.  In the Alpine Meadow, the ground is carpeted with small daffodils, crocuses, fritillaries and other small bulbous plants. There is also a more formal part of the garden, with herbaceous borders and beds for roses of all different kinds.
  • Ramster Garden is a privately owned mature woodland garden set in over 20 acres. Built by a wealthy glass maker in early 17th century,  Sir Harry Waechter created the present gardens out of an oak woodland.  Previous owners were well known for their interest in Japanese plants and ornaments and the Japanese influence is still maintained in the garden today.   The flowering shrubs and wild flowers here are especially good in spring and early summer so our visit here is perfectly timed.  There are also very many fine trees, magnolias, camellias, azeleas and rhododendrons.  We will have plenty of time to explore this garden and enjoy a cream tea in these privileged surroundings.
  • At the end of the day we’ll travel by coach to our next hotel – Richmond Hill Hotel.  Overlooking Richmond’s royal park, the hotel offers a picture perfect setting that has inspired writers and painters alike for the last three centuries. The Georgian elegance of the hotel has been finished with contemporary touches, making it an idyllic place for us to stay during our tour.
  • Make your own arrangements for dinner, either at the hotel or nearby at one of the restaurants recommended by the Hotel’s concierge.

Accommodation:  Richmond Hill Hotel

Day 5 – 26 May 2021 – Day Visit to Chelsea Flower Show on the 2nd Members Day – Breakfast  & Cream Tea Included (optional)

  • The premier event of the horticultural calendar anywhere in the world!  How better to describe the Chelsea Flower Show?  The Chelsea Flower Show runs over 5 days and because there is so much to see here, we devote one whole day of this tour and let you explore the show on your own.  Today, we’ll leave our hotel early and aim to arrive at the show just as it opens.  As a member of the Royal Horticultural Society you will have special admission.  As you’ll probably know, what makes this horticultural event very special is that no matter where you go, you will only see the best of the best.  Designers, garden nurseries and horticultural experts from all over the world are pre-selected to compete here to receive a much-coveted Chelsea Gold, Silver or Bronze award.  It is extremely competitive: careers can be both made and broken here.   If this is your first trip to Chelsea Flower Show, your tour guide will provide you with some tips on what to see to match your interests and what has caught our attention at the show.
  • For those of you who want to rest their weary legs we have arranged an option to have an afternoon Cream Tea at the nearby Physic Garden.  Founded in 1673 for the study and cultivation of plants for medicinal use, it’s the oldest botanic garden in England after Oxford.   Why not spend some time here walking around before returning to the Chelsea Flower Show?
  • After spending the day at the show we’ll board our coach and drive out of central London back to our country hotel.
  • Make your own arrangements for dinner, either at the hotel or nearby at one of the restaurants recommended by the Hotel’s concierge.

Accommodation:  Richmond Hill Hotel

Day 6 – 27 May 2021 Kew Gardens, Sky Gardens  – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

  • After breakfast we travel to visit Kew Gardens, the world famous botanic garden. This 300 acre metropolitan oasis offers unrivalled beauty and tranquility.  Here you can stroll among 50-60,000 species including many rare or even unique specimens.  One of the places you must visit, is the reopened Temperate House. The Temperate House is said to be the largest remaining Victorian glasshouse in the world and is home to a collection of rare and threatened temperate zone plants.   We’ll have lunch here before travelling into central London for our next visit:  Sky Gardens near Tower Bridge.
  • Sky Gardens is London’s highest public garden. Located at 20 Fenchurch Street,  Sky Garden is a unique public space spanning three stories.  Here you can wander around the landscaped gardens, observation decks and marvel at the 360 degree uninterrupted views that you will have across the City of London. Before returning to our hotel, we will have dinner here.

Accommodation:  Richmond Hill Hotel

Day 7 – 28 May 2021 Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Gravetye Manor  – Breakfast & Lunch Included

  • Our first visit today is to one of the most famous gardens in the world: Sissinghurst Castle Garden.  In 1930 Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson created Sissinghurst garden around a moated Elizabethan mansion.  Their garden has become extremely influential, helped partly by Sackville-West’s writing in which she documents the gardens development over many years.  The garden is designed around a series of axial walks each terminating with a statue or some other garden element.  Enclosed garden compartments open out from each walkway and many have a seasonal theme.  During our visit we’ll experience the spectacular Lime Walk: drifts of bulbs provide a stunning tapestry of colors all as per Nicolson’s original meticulous planning.   Other parts of the garden have specific color schemes.  For example, you’ll find the White garden next to the Priest’s House and the Cottage Garden which is planted mainly in orange and yellow.  Sissinghurst Castle Garden was given to the UK National Trust on the understanding that, as per Nicolson’s wishes, it should be kept up to date with new plants.  Although the original design (thankfully) remains unaltered new plants are introduced very much in line with principles set out by Gertrude Jekyll.
  • William Robinson was the lead exponent of the natural style of gardening. He used Gravetye Manor’s 35 acres of gardens to showcase his ideas.   Today more than 150 years later we are able to visit these historically important gardens and learn from the techniques that he pioneered.  As we will see, Robinson’s concept of the wild garden is one in which the gardener embraces nature rather than seeks to control it.  Robinson also introduced the idea of the modern mixed border an example of which we will see in the garden when we visit.   There is a kitchen garden which produces vegetables and fruits for the hotel’s kitchen. In the woodland we find many of the original trees that he planted.   There is a magnolia walk that leads to a lake and a path that passes through wildflower meadows, a tapestry of blooms which last until end of September. After we’ve explored the gardens here we’ll have an exclusive lunch here in its excellent restaurant (included).
  • At the end of the day we travel to our next hotel: Ashdown Park Hotel.  One of the finest luxury country hotels in Sussex.  The hotel is surrounded by Ashdown Forest, which according to the famous children’s author, A. A. Milne, is the woodland that inspired his Winnie The Pooh stories.  The hotel offers a great combination of elegance, style, award winning dining and outstanding leisure facilities.
  • Make your own arrangements for dinner, either at the hotel or nearby at one of the restaurants recommended by the Hotel’s concierge.

Accommodation:  Ashdown Park Hotel

Day 8 – 29 May 2021 – Penns in the Rocks, Rye, Great Dixter, Farewell Dinner –  Breakfast, Lunch & Farewell Dinner Included

  • Originally built for the family of William Penn the founder of Pennsylvania, Penns in the Rocks is an early 18th Century house, gardens with surrounding parkland and woodland sitting adjacent to a natural outcrop of monumental sandstone rocks. The ornamental gardens comprise the informal landscape of the rocky outcrops and the stream to the south-west and south of the house plus a series of four rectangular enclosures to the east of the entrance courtyard where we will see some very interesting mixed planting.  There is a Temple of Friendship (listed grade II) erected by Dorothy Wellesley in 1938 to ‘those poets who loved Penns’ (inscription, with names including W B Yeats, on the paved floor),  a walled garden which slopes from east to west and which was designed by Lanning Roper in the late 1960s.   In the open parkland to the north-west and south-west of the house there is an ornamental lake.
  • After our visit, we’ll drive to Rye only two miles from the coast.  Rye is an extremely charming small town of historical importance.  We’ll stop for lunch at the 15th Century Mermaid Inn, before we head off to Great Dixter, probably one of the best gardens in the UK at the moment.
  • Great Dixter is one of two of the great historic gardens in East Sussex.  Built in 1450, the large timber framed house was bought by Christopher Lloyd’s father in 1910 was restored by the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.  The gardens, once a farmyard, were also designed by Lutyens.  Part of the reason why Great Dixter has become so famous and influential is because of the planting style introduced there by Christopher Lloyd. His style is characterized by the way in which he manages to combine plants in harmonious groupings where plants of different heights, colors and leaf texture weave together into a unified whole. This style of gardening is often referred to as tapestry gardening and has been copied throughout the world.  Experimentation was always been central to Lloyd’s gardening approach and nowhere more can this be seen in his 65m long/4.5-meter-wide Long Border, which as you will see is a spectacular mixture of shrubs, climbers, perennials and annuals.   We return to our hotel for a Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation:  Ashdown Park Hotel

Day 9 – 30 May 2021- Departure – Breakfast Included

  • Following breakfast, we check out of the hotel and board our coach to transfer to London Heathrow Airport in time for your homeward or onward journey.

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights to and from the UK
  • Gratuities
  • Personal spending money.
  • Days
    9
  • Nights
    8
  • Start Date
    22/05/2021
  • End Date
    30/05/2021
  • Accommodation
    4* Hotels
  • Land Transportation
    Coach with Airco
  • Cost
    4470
  • Flights
    Excluded
  • Single Supplement
    595
  • Group
    30
  • Tour Booklet
    On Arrival
  • Breakfasts
    8
  • Dinners
    3
  • Lunches
    6
  • Welcome Drinks
    included
  • 1 High Tea
    included
  • 2 Cream Teas
    included

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What's Not Included:

  • Flights to and from the UK
  • Gratuities
  • Personal spending money.

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