Gardens of Kent & Sussex
- Discover the gardens of the Kent & Sussex on this 3-night garden holiday to England.
- Visit a variety of public gardens, including Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens
- Stay in the famous seaside resort of Brighton & have free time to explore.
- Be accompanied by Frances MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide throughout the tour.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Kent and Sussex
We’ll be based in the historic seaside town of Brighton surrounded by the beautiful Sussex countryside; this part of England boasts some of the most renowned gardens in the country. With its abundance of orchards and hop fields, Kent is known as ‘The Garden of England’ and this tour provides an opportunity to visit some of the best-known gardens in this county and in the adjoining county of Sussex. This entire area, steeped in heritage and history, is famous for its picturesque villages and beautiful countryside and is home to the renowned Sissinghurst Gardens and Great Dixter Gardens amongst others.
Activity Level: Easy
Travel to England & Sissinghurst Gardens
Transfer to Kent
Today we meet our garden guide, Frances MacDonald, at Dublin airport for our flight to London Gatwick and travel by private coach to Kent.
Explore Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens
Visit Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, a renowned garden developed by Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson. Free time for lunch on arrival before exploring the garden 'rooms' and enjoy the wonderful overview from the top of the Tower. The transformation of Sissinghurst Castle began in the 1930s. Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms, and the colourful, abundant planting in the gardens by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings. A world renowned garden which never disappoints. Transfer to our hotel for our welcome meal together.
Charleston Trust Gardens, Denman's Garden & Parham House Gardens
Discover Charleston House & Gardens and Denman's Garden
Travel a short distance from Brighton to Lewes to visit Charleston House & Gardens which was the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and a meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals of the Bloomsbury group. Guided tour of the house before exploring the garden and visiting the cafe and shop. Then to Denman's Garden The former home and garden of the late John Brookes, one of Britain's most influential landscape designers. Denman's Garden features dry riverbeds, gravel gardens, a walled garden, a conservatory, and unusual plants from around the world. The contemporary 4-acre garden was converted from market garden to ornamental garden by plantswoman Joyce Robinson. Free time for lunch there.
Visit Parham House & Gardens
A visit Parham House and Gardens which is is one of Britain's finest Elizabethan Houses, complete with a Great Hall and Long Gallery. Its tranquility and timeless beauty have changed little over the centuries. Surrounding the house are the award winning gardens, consisting of beautiful Pleasure Grounds and a four-acre Walled Garden. There are wonderful herbaceous borders, a glasshouse, vegetable garden, orchard and a 1920s Wendy House. Evening free to explore the restaurants of Brighton. Frances will advise/escort.
Great Dixter House & Garden
Free Time in Brighton
Free morning to explore the wonders of Brighton and perhaps visit the beautifully restored Brighton Pavilion, the magnificent seaside palace built for George IV.
Visit Great Dixter House & Garden
Early afternoon today we depart for a visit to one of the most famous gardens in England, the late Christopher Lloyd's Great Dixter Garden & Nursery, still maintained beautifully and planted creatively by his Head Gardener and collaborator, Fergus Garrett. Evening free to explore the restaurants of Brighton
The Garden House, West Dean Gardens & Sussex Prairie Gardens
The Garden House & West Dean Gardens
Check out of our hotel and our first visit today is to The Garden House - a delightful town garden in Brighton that has earned a reputation as one of the best garden school before a visit to the extensive grounds of West Dean which features a restored Walled Kitchen Garden, a spectacular 300 foot-long Edwardian Pergola, herbaceous borders and beautiful parkland walk with views over the South Downs. Free time for lunch here.
Sussex Prairie Gardens & Return Home
The final garden visit, before transferring to London Gatwick, is Sussex Prairie Garden, an eight-acre garden, surrounded by mature oak trees, consisting of a series of interlocking arcs of large planted borders in a naturalistic style. The plantings consist of large groupings of each variety, planted in a free flowing style, which contrasts leaf forms, stems, stalks, flower shapes and textures. Colours are soft and muted, and complement the natural landscape.
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