• From Kilmacurragh to Dargle Glen, enjoy visits to some of Ireland’s most impressive gardens in the company of head gardeners, curators and owners
• Explore a selection of private grounds, including June Blake’s beautiful country-style garden
• Explore designs inspired by William Robinson at Altamont and Mount Usher
has a degree in Garden Design and ran her own garden design business
Depart London Heathrow 1035 on British Airways, arriving Dublin 1210. Afternoon visit to Mount Usher Gardens (along the River Vartry, with over 5000 species). Continue to BrookLodge and Macreddin Village Hotel for seven nights. Welcome and introduction.
Morning visit to Powerscourt Garden (Italian garden of the mid-18th century; spectacular views and outstanding trees). Afternoon visit to Kilruddery Garden (late 17th century, the oldest garden on our tour). Evening lecture.
Morning foraging experience at the hotel. Afternoon visit to Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens (trees of historical importance).
Altamont Gardens (William Robinson-inspired garden with over 1500 species). Afternoon: Huntington Castle including guided tour of the castle and grounds (ancient yews and Italianate terraces).
Dargle Glen Gardens (romantic landscape garden with unusual plants, surrounded by oak and birch woodland) followed by Prospect House Gardens and K Club (Kildare champion trees). Return to hotel via Sally Gap and scenic route through Wicklow Mountains. Free evening.
Morning visit to Russborough House & Parkland followed by June Blake’s garden (country style garden around granite house and farm buildings) and Huntingbrook Gardens (experimental plantsman’s garden with woodland designed by owner Jimi Blake). Free evening.
Morning visit to Dower House Garden (19th century with wild flower meadow and white garden), followed by Patthana Gardens (artist’s garden with bold planting and beautiful birches).
Depart Dublin 1300, arriving Heathrow 1430.
13 May — 20 May 2020
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Please note this tour will involve a significant amount of outdoor walking, often over uneven ground, slopes, steps and bridges. Distances vary from garden to garden: some are very short and compact while others are very extensive. Participants should therefore have a good level of mobility, although there will be options to opt out of the more strenuous walks and join the group later.
For customers happy to organise their own flights or travel arrangements, we are happy to offer a reduction of:
Cost of £2385 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four lunches (two packed), five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £270.