• 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 English Literature & History of Art as well as a university-accredited Garden Design Qualification
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: Dargle Glen Garden (romantic landscape garden with unusual plants, surrounded by oak and birch woodland). Afternoon: Prospect House Garden. Return to hotel via Sally Gap and scenic route through Wicklow Mountains. Evening lecture.
Morning visit to Russborough House & Parklands (with tour of Walled Garden) followed by June Blake’s garden (country style garden around granite house and farm buildings) and Hunting Brook Gardens (experimental plantsman’s garden with woodland designed by owner Jimi Blake). Free evening.
Morning foraging experience and tour of the hotel grounds with the Head Gardener. Afternoon visit to National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh (trees of historical importance).
Morning: 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).
Morning visit to Powerscourt Gardens (Italian garden of the mid-18th century; spectacular views and outstanding trees). Afternoon visit to Killruddery House & Gardens (late 17th century, the oldest garden on our tour). Free evening.
Morning: Dower House Gardens (19th century with wild flower meadow and white garden). Afternoon: Patthana Garden (artist’s garden with bold planting and beautiful birches).
Depart Dublin 1300, arriving Heathrow 1430.
11 May — 18 May 2022
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This tour requires a good level of fitness as it will involve a significant amount of outdoor walking, often over uneven ground, slopes, steps and bridges. Some surfaces can be slippery if wet. Distances vary from garden to garden: some are very short and compact while others are very extensive and occupy large sites. Participants should therefore have a good level of mobility, although it is usually possible 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: £140
Cost of £2575 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 £280.