Bournemouth

6 DAYS - Departing Sunday 26th April 2015

An escorted tour of Spring Gardens based at the 3 star Collingwood Hotel in Bournemouth. Privately owned, emphasis on comfort, public areas are spacious and welcoming, excellent range of leisure facilities, minutes from the town centre.

Day 1 - Sunday

Morning departure from Pembrokeshire by luxury air conditioned coach with enhanced leg room to ensure extra comfort. Visit to Compton Acers in Poole, which offers 9 ½ acres of a wonderful spring garden. Japanese, English and Italian gardens to see. Arrive at Bournemouth late afternoon

Day 2 - Monday

Morning visit to Abbotsbury sub-tropical Gardens. A haven of hothouse plants growing in the protecting embrace of a hollow in the chalk and limestone hills. The valley garden a dazzling display of Azaleas. Exotic Palms, Phormiums, Yaccas and Eucalyptus to see.
Afternoon visit to Minterne Gardens. The rare quality of the garden lies in the gradual revealing of exotic flowering trees and shrubs in a beautiful setting.. The woodland garden is rich in exceptional examples of Davidia Involucrata, Magnolias, Maples and Rhododendrons

Day 3 - Tuesday

This morning we sail to the Isle of Wight and visit Ventnor Botanic Gardens. Plants of the southern hemisphere, particularly those from Australasia grow here. Cabbage and Fan Palms, drifts of tall blue Echiums. Hillier Nurseries in Hampshire provided many of the gardens more obscure shrubs and trees.

Day 4 - Wednesday

Morning visit to Cranborne Manor Gardens. The manor house is one of the prettiest in the country. A fine Beech avenue runs down a gentle slope from the road to twin pepperpot gate-houses. Many rare plants from the continent.
Afternoon visit to Athelhampton House and Gardens. A fine 12 acre garden, mostly formal, the beauty is in the design. A sunken lawn with a pool, twelve giant pyramids of clipped Yew.

Day 5 - Thursday

Morning visit to Exbury Gardens. Late April and early May sees Exburg at its best. Thousands of Rhododendrons and Azaleas in bloom. The sight is breathtaking. The Gardens were made by Lionel de Rothschild. Afternoon – at your own leisure in Bournemouth or a visit to Knoll Gardens, a compact 6 acre site. Great range of grasses and a water garden with cascades

Day 6 - Friday

Return home via Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire. A National Trust Garden, one of the greatest 18th century landscape gardens ever made. Enjoy the Rhododendrons in Springtime, the temples grottos and other buildings. Arrive home early evening.

HOTEL - 3* COLLINGWOOD HOTEL, BOURNEMOUTH

Price: £390 PP sharing twin room
Single Room supplement: £50 PP

Price includes:

  • All coach travel (extra leg room coach
  • 3 star hotel on a half board basis, dinner on the 1st evening to breakfast on the day of departure
  • Return ferry to the Isle of Wight
  • Services of professional garden tour host throughout

Not included:

  • Admission to Gardens. This will be available at a reduced rate prior to departure.
  • Travel insurance. You need to arrange your travel insurance on payment of the balance of the holiday.

Coach pickups:

  • Fishguard
  • Haverfordwest
  • Milford Haven
  • Pembroke
  • Lamphey
  • Milton
  • Tenby
  • Kilgetty
  • Carmarthen
  • Swansea

Bournemouth tour - Spring 2015