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Devon Garden Tours The milder climate of the West Country supports an abundance of plant growth, including subtropical species. As well as splendid coastal scenery there are some fabulous gardens to be visited. Enjoy the stunning scenery and breathtaking gardens of Devon with fellow enthusiasts exploring fabulously colourful gardens in this favoured county, with its rich soil and mild climate. Holiday highlights: Castle Drogo with its beautiful herbaceous borders The marvellous plantsman garden at Coleton Fishacre with its valley just dripping with great plants Killerton, design on a grand scale, with its vast parkland and superb trees, this is a gardeners delight The inspiring and plant rich Garden House at Buckland Monachorum to see plants growing from around the world in a most stunning setting.
There are gardens galore to explore, each with their own style and character. Uncover a series of magical gardens at RHS Rosemoor with over 4,000 different plants, while the gardens at Forde Abbey feature the tallest powered fountain in the UK. Enjoy the variety of Hestercombe’s garden – a Georgian park-like garden of Grecian temples, follies and vistas and the various ‘rooms’ of Medieval Cothay Manor’s gardens, accessed via a Yew walk. There’s also the kitchen garden of Barrington Court and the walled garden of Cannington to enjoy.
Dorset has a wonderful collection of stately homes surrounded by long-established gardens. Dorset’s southerly location allows subtropical plants to thrive at Abbotsbury – a garden noted for its Camellia groves and magnolias. The design of Minterne House gardens was inspired by Capability Brown while the Victorian gardens as Larmer Tree were laid out by General Pitt Rivers. From the gardens of 15th century Athelhampton House to the large formal gardens of Kingston Lacy, there’s something for everyone.
Cornwall Garden Tours Gardens flourish here in the mild and humid atmosphere, many famous. There is an abundance of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias, plus some fine trees. Cornish Garden Tours holiday, Cornish Garden Tour Trevarno gardens, where Randolphus de Trevarno gave the estate its name in 1246. Nestling in a wooded valley just outside Helston the present estate's garden was created in Victorian times and reflects the burgeoning importation during that era and the fashions in gardening that developed with it Lost Gardens of Heligan - Heligan perfectly reflects a way of life a century or more ago when The Estate provided all the necessities of life for both master and servant. This ambitious restoration has taken over ten years, with new innovations still appearing on the scene St Michael's Mount - (weather permitting) this is a garden like no other. Set on a rocky island in Mounts Bay, it has a stunning series of terrace levels, thickly clothed with succulents. The Eden Project - it contains two giant multi-domed, plastic-clad conservatories or biomes. One has a Mediterranean climate warm temperate and the other a humid tropic environment. Outside in the hollow of the pit itself is the third biome that of the Cornish climate itself where the story continues out-of-doors. The gardens of Chugurno, a new addition to our tour.
Enjoy the stunning gardens of the Lakes’ most beautiful stately homes. The five-acre Dalemain gardens are home to the Meconopsis Grandis - the famous Himalayan Blue Poppy which flowers May to July. Hutton in the Forest’s gardens have evolved over 400 years and offer a variety of styles while the National Trust property Acorn Bank has the largest collection of culinary and medicinal herbs in any of their gardens along with a delightful orchard and restored watermill which produces flour.
Guided Garden Tour in Sussex
Sussex offers a huge variety of gardens to the visitor. Some are on the thin chalky soils of the South Downs, others are on acid soils allowing a rich variety of ericaceous plants to be grown, whilst those near the coast benefit from the mild climate.
Explore inspirational Welsh gardens at their best. The wonderful creations of iconic landscape architects – Capability Brown’s Berrington Hall and Thomas Mawson’s Arts & Crafts garden at Dyffryn – are a must-see and provide a glimpse into the heyday of opulent country gardens. The tour also features the beautifully restored “lost” garden of Aberglasney, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and the elegant Weir gardens on the banks of the River Wye.
Dramatic backdrops, characterful castles and heaps of variety await on this spectacular tour. Take in the quaint grounds of Druimneil House, relax as you explore the peaceful woodland garden, and marvel at the isolated but beautiful Ardtornish Castle. Elsewhere, the walled garden of Ardmaddy Castle on the Isle of Seil, the endangered coastal garden of Arduaine and the truly magical Himalayan ravine at Crarae provide inspirational sights for flower lovers.
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