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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

3 Nightsfrom £435.00 pp

One of the highlights of the garden year, Chelsea is an enduring English institution.

Tour Overview

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The Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s leading horticultural event and every year produces gardens and exhibits of the highest quality. Once again you will be able to marvel at an international collection of magnificent blooms, brilliant displays and perfect specimen trees alongside a wide range of exhibition gardens, all vying for a coveted Gold Medal.

The Grand Marquee contains over 3 acres of plants and flowers of every description, smaller tents are devoted to floral art and garden design whilst outside are the full scale gardens.  Whether you go for inspiration, gardening advice or simply an exhilarating day out, the Chelsea Flower Show is an unforgettable experience.

In addition to the Flower Show our tour visits a selection of gardens including Sissinghurst, one of the finest and most copied flower gardens in the world; RHS Wisley, where the highest standards of horticulture are practiced in a splendid and very English setting and Tatton Park with its sunken garden and Japanese garden.

Tour highlights
  • The Great British gardening event of the year, The Chelsea Flower Show
  • The ornamental and experimental gardens of RHS Wisley
  • The world-renowned courtyard gardens of Sissinghurst Castle

For further background information you may like to look at the following websites:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-sissinghurst-castle
http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/
 
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Tour Itinerary Back to top of page

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Thursday 25 May 2017
We depart from your designated pick-up and head south stopping en-route for refreshments. We continue to our comfortable hotel, where we will enjoy dinner this evening.

Friday 26 May 2017
Today, after breakfast, we will spend the day at the Chelsea Flower Show. The Chelsea Flower Show holds a rare position as a great British tradition and an exciting source of inspiration and advice. One of the highlights of the show is the collection of over 20 full-sized show gardens. Inside the Great Marquee visitors have their senses ravished by the hundreds of floral displays, many of them incorporating new, rare and unusual plants. Other popular features here include flower arranging, floristry and garden design marquees, courtyard gardens, window boxes and hanging baskets.

We return to our hotel for dinner.

Saturday 27 May 2017
This morning, following breakfast, we visit Wisley Garden, which is where the Royal Horticultural Society shows the gardening public how it should be done. Here the highest standards of practical horticulture are deployed in the setting of a splendid old site rich in fine trees against a backdrop of other plants, all impeccably labelled.

This afternoon we visit Sissinghurst in Kent.  This famous garden was created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson from 1930 onwards and became the most admired English Garden of its time.  Few great gardens live up to their reputations so effortlessly as this. Sissinghurst is a five-and-a-half acre connoisseurs' garden consisting of a series of small romantic areas enclosed by the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion. It never disappoints its visitors, it has the power of enchantment, but it is also an unending source of inspiration for all gardeners.  Sissinghurst is surely as close to gardening perfection as you can get, and it continues to be one of the most copied flower gardens in the world.

We return to our hotel for dinner.

Sunday 28 May 2017
Following breakfast we will check out of the hotel, before continuing our homeward journey north.  En route home we have a real treat when we stop at the gardens of Tatton Park in Cheshire, England's most complete historic estate with beautiful gardens which have an exuberant 19th century flavour. There is much to see including a sunken garden with a pergola and rose-beds, a serpentine network of lakes, a walk through well wooded lawns and a unique fernery designed by Lewis Wyatt.  By one of the lakes is an exceptional Japanese garden with an arched bridge and a Shinto temple which makes a wonderful picture under a canopy of old trees.

We continue north and expect to arrive home in the evening.

What's Included Back to top of page

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  • 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the Holiday Inn Farnborough (or similar). All rooms have private facilities
  • Comfortable coaching throughout
  • All day ticket to the Chelsea Flower Show
  • Admission to the gardens of Sissinghurst, Wisley and Tatton Park
  • Services of a Brightwater Holidays representative

Supplements Per Person Back to top of page

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    • Single room supplement    £90.00
    • Insurance                          £21.00 (under 65); £42.00 (65-74); £63.00 (75-90)       
    • Overnight accommodation before or after the tour in Edinburgh, Glasgow or Perth available on request

    Departure Points Back to top of page

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    Aberdeen (Skene Street)

    0400

    0000

    Montrose (Outside railway station)

    0450

    2310

    Arbroath   (Railway station)

    0510

    2250

    Dundee   (Discovery Point)

    0530

    2230

    Perth    (Canal Street)

    0600

    2200

    Kinross  (Moto Services)

    0615

    2145

    Dunfermline (Outside Carnegie College)

    0630

    2130

    Edinburgh  (Edinburgh Marriott Hotel)

    0730

    2100

    Glasgow  (Millenium Hotel)

    0845

    1945

    Lockerbie (Townhead Pub)

    1045

    1745

    Carlisle (Premier Travel Inn)

    1115

    1715

    Preston (Tickled Trout)

    1230

    1600

    Knutsford Services (M6)

    1400

    1530

    (and any suitable service station on M6/M1)

    Please note pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers and 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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