North Devon Gardens

This tailor-made package includes executive coach travel throughout the holiday and from two nights’ accommodation on a half board basis at a 3* or 4* hotel in Devon to suit your group’s requirements. The content of your preferred itinerary will be discussed with you at the time of enquiry.

  •  Our suggested itinerary could include:
  • Visit to Beggars Knoll Chinese Garden (NGS) and the plant nursery
  • Visit to Kilver Court
  • Visit to Little Ash Bungalow
  • Visit to Bickham House
  • Visit to Bicton Park Botanical Gardens & the Bicton Woodland Railway
  • Visit to Yonder Hill (NGS).
  • Visit to East Lambrook Manor Gardens
  • Visit to Heale Garden
  • Group Organiser benefits
  • No single room supplements (selected tours only)

To tailor-make your tour or for a personalised quotation call 01943 605999.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Beggars Knoll Chinese Garden (NGS). This inspirational 1-acre garden is filled with colourful plantings set against a backdrop of Chinese pavilions, gateways, statues and dragons. Pathways and mosaic pavements wind around ponds and rocks. Rare Chinese shrubs, mature trees, and flower-filled borders form a haven of serenity. Kilver Court & the Secret Gardens appeared on BBC Gardeners' World. It has a millpond, a parterre, herbaceous borders, rockeries and the Charlton Viaduct. The plant nursery has hardy and unusual plants including the best of the most recent introductions, rare and unusual varieties as well as reliable old favourites. Little Ash Bungalow (NGS). This 1½ acre garden is packed with different and unusual herbaceous perennials, shrubs and bamboos and is designed for year-round interest. There is a natural stream, pond and damp woodland area, mini wildlife meadows and gravel/alpine garden.

Day 2 - Bickham House isa 17th century house set in a wooded valley west of Exeter. The oldest part of the garden is the walled garden which is certainly as old as the original house. About one third of it is used as a kitchen garden, and the rest is divided up into lawns, flower beds, a herb garden, a pergola garden, greenhouses and a polythene tunnel for growing plants for sale. The top third of the walled garden is planted with specimen trees and in 1999 an avenue of palm trees was added. A lake has also been made in the field in front of the house. Bicton Park Botanical Gardens has an Italian Garden, American & Stream Gardens, Mediterranean & Rose Gardens, Fernery & Shell House, Hermitage Garden and the Pinetum & Arboretum as well asfour glasshouses and a museum! The Bicton Woodland Railway is special for railway enthusiasts as it runs on the only 18-inch (457 mm) gauge leisure line left in Britain. The train departs from Bicton Station and winds its way through the Pinetum, home to many of their champion trees, to Hermitage Station at the far end of the park. It returns along the banks of the Great Lake to complete its journey of around 1.5 miles (2.4 km). Yonder Hill (NGS) - This three and a half acre garden is not conventional in terms of planting or design. Trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants have been used together to paint an overall picture which is pleasing to the eye year-round. Individual plants or beds stand on their own merits and, when viewed from further away, blend in and compliment the greater detail around and beyond. Explore the blazing mixed borders buzzing with insects, cool woods alive with birdsong and see the collections of eucalyptus, bamboo, grass, and conifers.

 

Day 3 - East Lambrook Manor Gardens is a Grade 1 listed garden which is known as the premier example of an English Cottage Garden style and is noted for its specialist collections of snowdrops, hellebores and hardy geraniums. Heale Garden -Trout filled streams crossing under the authentic Japanese tea house and below the red Nikko bridge meander through the woodland garden, a rich gardener's paradise.

With all packages we supply a tailor-made flyer to assist in the promotion of your group holiday, along with a booking form which provides us with all the details we require from each participant.

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