The Sea Gardens of Cornwall (EGT 1)

FRIDAY 15 APRIL TO THURSDAY 21 APRIL 2016

Now running for it’s 12 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 gives visitors rich cultural experiences connecting art with the sea. Each garden has its own micro-climate and horticultural treasure 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: £1,290; single room supplement £190.  (Tresco supplement Friday 22 April £280)

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)

“TO MAKE A GREAT GARDEN ONE MUST HAVE A GREAT IDEA OR A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.” GEORGE SITWELL 1908

Day Period Activity
Friday 15/4 ARRIVALS
TBA Arrivals Newquay Airport or St Austell railway station. Transfer to Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown

Rashleigh Arms
Charlestown Road
Charlestown
Cornwall
PL25 3NJ
Tel: 01726 73635

Saturday 16/4 THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN 
Morning Breakfast.

Garden briefing.

Visit to the romantic and celebrated The Lost Gardens of Heligan (www.heligan.com)

Lunch at Heligan (garden produce)

Afternoon Afternoon Depart for Fowey.

Visit to the picturesque Cornish port of Fowey

Evening Dinner Sam’s on the Beach, Polkerris.
Sunday 17/4 TREMENHEERE & CHYGURNO
Morning Breakfast.

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

Tremenheere 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 Visit to the characteristic fishing port of Mousehole en route to the dramatic cliff-side gardens of Chygurno
Evening Dinner Charlestown
Monday 18/4 EDEN PROJECT & LAMORRAN
Morning Breakfast.

Garden briefing.

Exploration of The Eden Project(www.edenproject.com)

Afternoon Visit the private garden of Lamorran near the yachting port of St Mawes (www.lamorrangardens.co.uk)
Evening Dinner Nare Head Hotel overlooking Carne Beach
Tuesday 19/4 ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT & ST IVES
Morning Breakfast.

Depart for Marazion and St Michael’s Mount (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-michaels-mount)

Guided tour of the Mount Garden.

Return ferry to Marazion and train to St Ives.

Visit to Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden (www.tate.org.uk)

Free time in St Ives

Evening Evening meal in St Ives (Dinner price not included)
Wednesday 20/4 TREBAH & TRELISSICK
Morning Breakfast.

Garden briefing.

Depart for the Valley Garden of Trebah (www.trebahgarden.co.uk)

Lunch at Trebah

Afternoon Visit to the Garden of Trelissick (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick) via Come To Good Quaker Meeting House
Evening Farewell dinner Charlestown
Thursday 21/4 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.