Self-drive visit to St Michael’s Mount, Marazion and The National Dahlia Collection, Penzance

Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:01 AM

The spectacular gardens of St Michael’s Mount comprise steep stone terraces, flower-lined pathways and walled gardens on an island steeped in history, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Here is a micro-climate, tempered by the Gulf Stream, in which all manner of unlikely plants flourish. A guide will take small groups through the different areas and explain the unique challenges of gardening in such an unusual location.

The National Dahlia Collection, based at Varfell Farm, was established in 1998 and covers two extremely colourful acres. Containing more than 1600 varieties, there is an opportunity to browse the many beds, view old favourites, heritage blooms and some new ones too. The wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours will provide an incredible spectacle.

The booking form will be available in June 2020.

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Upcoming Events

  • Lecture: Lady Skelmersdale – Where did your Garden Grow? Or Around the World in 80 Plants

    Christine, Lady Skelmersdale has been a passionate gardener since childhood. She has run bulb specialists, Broadleigh Gardens in Somerset for 45 years; holds the National Collection® of Alec Gray CVS daffodils and has exhibited extensively at RHS Chelsea.

    Christine has also been a member of the RHS Council for 12 years; President of the Friends of the Bristol Botanic Garden for seven years and Garden Advisor for RHS Garden, Rosemoor for 12 years.  She was also Chairman of the 2012-15 RHS trial of drumstick alliums.

    A regular contributor to RHS The Garden magazine, Christine is also the author of two books: Creative Gardening with Bulbs and A Gardener’s Guide to Bulbs.

    In 2009, Christine was presented with the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) – the RHS’s highest award for services to horticulture.

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