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England Garden History Tour

England Garden History Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: 5 Star Accommodations

Start Date: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Group Size: Any Group Size

Gardening is the Great Britain’s favourite pastime and the diverse nature of the British climate mixed with a large range of soils and means that England provides the perfect environment to cultivate an awesome variety of plants.

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We will explore and get to understand the main influences on horticultural development from the C13th to the present day. Visiting the world famous gardens of Sissinghurst, Great Dixter and Hidcote Manor you will see a huge variety of design and plants.

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Itinerary

KENT is the Garden of England with many fantastic gardens. WALMER CASTLE GARDEN was once the home of Winston Churchill and the Duke of Wellington. The gardens have an outstanding historical interest including the Queen Mother’s Gardens. One of the best mid C20th gardens is SISSINGHURST CASTLE. Created around the remains of an Elizabethan mansion by Vita Sackville West, it forms a series of enclosed compartments and outstanding design. Finally, GREAT DIXTER to the pioneering C20th garden of Christopher Lloyd, famed for his carpets of wildflowers and exuberant exotic garden.

Day 1: Walmer - Sissinghurst - Great Dixter

KENT is the Garden of England with many fantastic gardens. WALMER CASTLE GARDEN was once the home of Winston Churchill and the Duke of Wellington. The gardens have an outstanding historical interest including the Queen Mother’s Gardens. One of the best mid C20th gardens is SISSINGHURST CASTLE. Created around the remains of an Elizabethan mansion by Vita Sackville West, it forms a series of enclosed compartments and outstanding design. Finally, GREAT DIXTER to the pioneering C20th garden of Christopher Lloyd, famed for his carpets of wildflowers and exuberant exotic garden.

Day 2: Sheffield - Upton Grey - Queen Eleanor's

Day 2: Sheffield - Upton Grey - Queen Eleanor's

SHEFFIELD PARK GARDEN is magnificent informal landscape garden laid out by Capability Brown in the C18th. 265 acres of historic parkland are set around 4 lakes and offer something at all times of year. Gertrude Jekyll pioneering work at the end of the C19th is best shown in the restoration project at UPTON GREY. Actually designed in 1908 the garden is filled with the flowers and roses of the time. At Winchester, behind the Great Hall, QUEEN ELEANOR'S GARDEN is one of the oldest gardens in the World. Using the plants and herbs of the C13th and including the legendary Glastonbury Thorn.

Day 3: Stourhead - Iford Manor - Abbey House

Day 3: Stourhead - Iford Manor - Abbey House

STOURHEAD is a superb landscape garden created by C18th banker, Henry Hoare. Arguably, the best garden of it’s type and set around a huge central lake, the path moves through magnificent woodland and exotic trees, offering different vistas of the classic temples. In the C20th, Harold Peto was attracted by the classic Italian gardens and at IFORD MANOR he created a 2.5 acre recreation on the side of a steep hill. Driving through the COTSWOLDS to the wonderful ABBEY HOUSE GARDEN. Blended into the surroundings of an historic medieval Abbey, the garden is famed for it’s collection of roses.

Day 4: Hidcote - Rousham - Stowe

Day 4: Hidcote - Rousham - Stowe

Our first stop is Arts and Crafts masterpiece of Major Lawrence Johnston, HIDCOTE MANOR GARDEN. The garden is famous for outstanding herbaceous borders and rare trees and shrubs, all developed in a series of outdoor rooms. ROUSHAM PARK was one of the first landscape gardens created by William Kent. He also remodelled the C17th castle . Finally, STOWE, one of the finest Georgian landscape gardens; the gardens have been influential in the development of design throughout the world. There are over 30 temples and monuments


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