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Gardens of South Wales - Hillier Gardening Club

2 Nightsfrom £425.00 pp

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The phrase “good things come in small packages” has never been truer than when describing South Wales... and you’d be hard pressed to find valleys greener than those found in the ‘land of my fathers’.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales, is found in an exquisite location - a massive estate in the heart of Carmarthenshire. Among the innovative and informative features here are the Great Greenhouses (the largest single span glasshouse in the world - focusing on temperature species, many of them endangered); the oval walled garden; the water discovery centre and the herbaceous boardwalk.

Dyffryn Botanic Gardens is an equally wonderful stop. The Grade 1 listed Edwardian garden is home to a series of garden ‘rooms’ enclosed within clipped Yew hedges. There is something to see year round here - a Roman garden; Japanese garden; fountains and pools and an arboretum containing trees from all around the world including the original Acer Griseum collected by ‘Chinese Wilson’.

We also visit Aberglasney, set in the beautiful Towy valley. This is a superb 16th/17th century garden, which was rediscovered after 50 years of neglect and has been restored to produce a garden with immense appeal by a young and energetic team of gardeners. Set within nine acres are six different spaces with a rich and diverse collection of plants, including three walled gardens and the unique Elizabethan/Jacobean cloister; a walled garden of concentric herbaceous beds and a parapet walk.
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Tour Itinerary Back to top of page

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Friday 15 September 2017
We depart from our local area and head for South Wales, breaking our journey with a visit to Tyntesfield near Bristol, a fine Victorian country house created by one of England's richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertiliser. Spiralling turrets and pinnacles adorn the roof, ornate stone carvings and church-like windows complete the Gothic look, giving the feel of a mysterious, fairytale mansion. Beyond the grandeur that visitors of the Gibbs family would have seen, you will also discover a family home and the evidence of their changing fortunes. Terraced lawns give way to spacious parkland filled with hundreds of trees collected by the family, and a glorious walled kitchen garden beyond. The rolling Somerset hills in the distance create an atmospheric backdrop. Lunch is available here (not included).

Following our visit we will continue to our comfortable accommodation in South Wales, where dinner will be served in the evening.

Saturday 16 September 2017
Following breakfast we will travel to the National Botanic Garden of Wales, in the exquisite location of a 568 acre estate in the heart of Carmarthenshire. Among the innovative and informative features here are the Great Greenhouses (the largest single span glasshouse in the world – focusing on temperature species, many of them endangered); the oval walled garden; the water discovery centre and the herbaceous boardwalk. There are several options for lunch here (not included).

We continue to Aberglasney, set in the beautiful Towy valley. This is a superb 16th/17th century garden, which was rediscovered after 50 years of neglect and has been restored to produce a garden with immense appeal by a young and energetic team of gardeners. Set within nine acres are six different  spaces with a rich and diverse collection of plants, including three walled gardens and the unique Elizabethan/Jacobean cloister; a walled garden of concentric herbaceous beds and a parapet walk.

We return to our hotel in time for dinner.

Sunday 17 September 2017
Enjoy your breakfast. This morning we will head for the magnificent Dyffryn Botanic Gardens, a Grade 1 listed Edwardian garden designed by landscape architect Thomas Mawson displaying a series of garden ‘rooms’ enclosed within clipped Yew hedges. There is something to see year round at Dyffryn – a Roman garden; Japanese garden; fountains and pools and an arboretum containing trees from all around the world including the original Acer Griseum collected by ‘Chinese Wilson’. Dyffryn is one of the best 100 gardens in the UK as selected by the British Tourism Association. Lunch is available here (not included).

In the afternoon we continue to Dewstow Gardens, a garden of tunnels and underground grottoes that was buried underneath thousands of tons of soil for over 50 years until 2000 when the gardens were rediscovered and renovated. The gardens contain many ponds and rills but interestingly a labyrinth of underground grottoes, tunnels and sunken ferneries. 

Following our visit we continue our homeward journey, with arrival due back in our local area in the evening.

What's Included Back to top of page

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  • 2 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at the Beggars Reach Hotel, Burton, Pembrokeshire. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms
  • Comfortable coaching throughout
  • Visits to Tyntesfield House, National Botanic Garden of Wales, Aberglasney, Dyffryn Gardens, and Dewstow Gardens
  • Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager

Supplements Per Person Back to top of page

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  • Single room            £60.00
  • Insurance                £13.00 (under 65); £26.00 (65-74); £39.00 (75-90)

Departure Points Back to top of page

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                                                             Depart        Return
Hillier Garden Centre Braishfield        07.45        19.15
Hiller Garden Centre Sunningdale       09.00        18.00
Hillier Garden Centre Newbury           10.00        17.00

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.
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