THE SEA GARDENS OF CORNWALL (EGT1)

THURSDAY 19 APRIL TO WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL 2018

Now running for it’s 13 season!

A taste of magical Cornwall. The valleys and islands of the Cornish peninsula contain some of the finest plantsman gardens in Europe. Tresco Abbey, in the Isles of Scilly, is world famous for its sub-tropical botanical garden. The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the valley of Trebah are rich in rare trees and rhododendrons, tree ferns and palms which create dramatic gardens to explore through changing levels and panoramas. In St Ives the Hepworth Sculpture Garden and the newly extended Tate Gallery give visitors rich cultural experiences connecting art with the sea. Each garden has its own micro-climate and horticultural treasures and demonstrates the success of Victorian plant hunting expeditions as well as modern hybridisation. Together with the Eden Project, they make an unforgettable study tour for plant lovers from all over the world.

“Some of the most magical gardens in the world are about space and about placing something within the space that makes perfect sense of the light or framing the view or whatever is there.” Dan Pearson (Garden Designer)

Price: £1,375; single room supplement £190.  (Tresco supplement Thursday 26 April £320)

The package includes:

  • Six nights bed and breakfast (B&B)/hotel, private guest house accommodation in Charlestown
  • Five evening meals in different selected restaurants
  • Garden briefing; small-group discussion on garden-related themes
  • Transport and garden admission
  • Expert guide accompanying every excursion
  • Newquay Airport transfers
  • Personal & baggage insurance (see Terms)

“It is not England. It is bare and elemental, Tristan’s land.”  DH Lawrence

Day Period Activity
Thursday 19/4 ARRIVALS
TBA Arrivals Newquay Airport or St Austell railway station. Transfer to Charlestown

Pier House Hotel
Charlestown
Cornwall

Friday 20/4 THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN 
Morning Breakfast.

Garden briefing.

Visit to the romantic and celebrated The Lost Gardens of Heligan (www.heligan.com).This epic restoration project turned these abandoned pleasure grounds and productive gardens to the attention of the public. Reborn as a celebration of the equilibrium between nature and cultivation, it tells a continuing story.

Lunch at Heligan (home produce)

Afternoon Afternoon Depart for Fowey. This ancient port is picturesque and hidden from pirates in its estuary.  The home of Daphne du Maurier and a popular tourist trove.
Evening Dinner Sam’s on the Beach, Polkerris.
Saturday 21/4 TREMENHEERE & CHYGURNO
Morning Breakfast.

Depart for Penzance and the gardens of  Land’s End (Cornwall’s south west peninsular).

Tremenheere takes all the ingredients of a Cornish garden and presents them with a very contemporary vibe. It is a new sculpture garden with large scale sub-tropical planting and dramatic views of Mount’s Bay (www.tremenheere.co.uk)

Lunch at Tremenheere.

Afternoon Lamorna Cove and its valley is famous as Bloomsbury on Sea. Chygurno’s steep granite garden is a delight of textured exotica on the small scale of a private garden in a stunning location.
Evening Free Charlestown
Sunday 22/4 EDEN PROJECT & LAMORRAN
Morning Breakfast.

Garden briefing.

Exploration of The Eden Project(www.edenproject.com) Already a legend, the distinctive biomes of this botanical experience present the plant world as a naked experience free of design, art and a human personality.  Here the world speaks “plant’ and visitors need no cultural references to understand how much humans need plants.  These pleasure domes are now being replicated in China. A unique experience for all.

Afternoon Tregrehan, the Eden Project’s neighbour, is a traditional but small historic estate. Its present owners have created a rich botanical experience of magical atmosphere and surprises.
Evening Dinner Truro
Monday 23/4 TREBAH & TRELISSICK
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Breakfast.

Garden briefing before depart for the Valley Garden of Trebah (www.trebahgarden.co.uk)

Trebah is a beautiful sub-tropical paradise. A journey through giant exotic trees and shrubs leads down to its private, sandy beach.  It is inspired and naturalistic in creation and maintained with dedication.

Lunch at Trebah

Visit to the Garden of Trelissick (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick) via Come To Good Quaker Meeting House. Every garden in Cornwall is close to the sea.  This garden is on a peninsula with an estuary on two sides and fantastic, gently surprising views.  A beautiful contrast to wild Trebah

Dinner Nare Head Hotel overlooking Carne Beach

Tuesday 24/4 ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT & ST IVES
Morning Breakfast.

Depart for Marazion and St Michael’s Mount, the ultimate sea garden! A castle/abbey on an island in a bay of shipwrecks and legend. It pioneered vertical gardening resistant to Atlantic storms and offers a breathtaking visitor experience. (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-michaels-mount)

Return ferry to Marazion and train to St Ives. St Ives is the pluperfect fishing village, artists’ colony and tourist magnet.  Home to the Tate Art Gallery and Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden. (Visit subject to re-opening date.)(www.tate.org.uk)

Evening Farewell Fish and Chips in Charlestown
Wednesday 25/4 DEPARTURES
Morning Departures

For course participants wishing to visit the Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly, the course is extended by one day and night. Supplementary fee. Minimum group three persons.

Manchester Language School reserves the right to change the programme according to the availability of the gardens, personnel and venues listed and substitute appropriate alternatives.