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.

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    This five-day garden tour takes in the finest gardens of Kent and Sussex, and showcases late summer planting. One of the many highlights is an exclusive visit to Perch Hill where we will enjoy a talk by Sarah Raven, a guided tour of her gardens and lunch.

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    Dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided at the Mercure Hotel at Tunbridge Wells and we will benefit from the services of a Brightwater Tour Manager.

    If you would like to join us on this garden holiday, please click here to download a booking form.

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    To join us on this day trip, please click here to download our booking form.