Gardens of Cheshire & RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Enjoy a celebration of flowers at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, along with four notable gardens in the region each with their own character

4 days from £495 pp


Tours dates
  • 19 July 2017

Highlights


  • Ness Botanic Gardens
  • RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
  • Arley Hall House & Gardens 
  • Mount Pleasant Gardens

Overview

Set against the splendour of Tatton Park’s 405ha (1,000 acres) deer park, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will be full of attractions, imaginative and colourful displays, original Back-to-Back Gardens and exciting Show Gardens. From the latest trends in plants and garden furniture to helpful plant experts who can offer advice on how to make the most of your own garden, this classic English flower show has everything you need for your garden to flourish.

While in Cheshire, we will also visit four notable gardens. The herbaceous borders at Arley Hall are one of the great garden sights in England, beautifully maintained and always delightful. Mount Pleasant boasts thousands of varieties of plants in a tiered garden with outstanding views over the Cheshire Plain. Here we will enjoy 4ha (10 acres) of landscaped gardens as well as the new sculpture trail.

Ness Botanic Gardens has a host of features including herbaceous borders, climbing plants and lush water gardens, and finally, there is Stonyford Cottage, an informal natural garden and specialist plant nursery.

What's included

  • Three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the four-star Best Western Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen
  • Visits to the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park and the gardens of Arley Hall, Mount Pleasant, Ness Botanic Gardens and Stonyford Cottage
  • Services of a professional tour manager

What's not included

  • Single room supplement £90
  • Insurance £18.50 (under 65); £37 (65-74); £55.50 (75-90)
  • Rail/air travel and overnight accommodation in London before or after the tour available on request

Itinerary

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Day 1 Ness Botanic Gardens

We depart from your local pick-up point and head for Cheshire, stopping en route for refreshments. Our first visit is to Ness Botanic Gardens on the Wirral Peninsula, which lies between the Dee and Mersey estuaries. There is year round interest in the garden with lilies, primulas, herbaceous borders, terrace gardens with many climbing plants, native plants, herb and water gardens thriving in the summer months. Ness Botanic Gardens has its own weather station and has been producing accurate and regular daily records since the early 1960s. There is also a gift shop, plant nursery and a café.

We continue in the afternoon to Chester and our hotel, the four-star Best Western Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen, which is conveniently located in the city centre.

Dinner will be served in the evening.

Day 2 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

After our full English breakfast we depart for a day at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. The show is packed with attractions, from the spectacular Floral Marquee ablaze with colourful displays to the groups of Back-to-Back Gardens, proving that even the smallest space can be a treasured retreat. There are also exciting water gardens along with specialist plants. All the displays delight and inspire, with flower arrangements that will take your breath away.

Dinner is served back at the hotel in the evening.

Day 3 Arley Hall and Mount Pleasant

After breakfast today we visit the gardens of Arley Hall, near Northwich. A pair of herbaceous borders was laid out here in 1846 and they survive to this day, beautifully maintained - one of the great garden sights of England. There are also old walled gardens with good mixed borders and a simple terraced walk above a ha-ha. Still in private hands, Arley Hall preserves the atmosphere of a garden kept for its own delight. 

In the afternoon we visit Mount Pleasant, 4ha (10 acres) of landscaped garden and woodland with impressive views over the Cheshire countryside. Steeply terraced in places, this is a traditional mixed garden featuring specimen trees, rhododendrons, azaleas, conifers, and mixed and herbaceous borders. There are also four ponds and a bog garden, along with a vegetable garden, a stumpery with tree ferns, sculptures, wild flower meadow and Japanese garden.

Dinner is served in the evening.

Day 4 Stonyford Cottage Gardens

After breakfast this morning we check out of the hotel and begin our homeward journey, making a final visit en route to the gardens at Stonyford Cottage. This informal natural garden has been developed around a pool with bridges leading to an island, which evokes Monet’s garden at Giverny. There is also a woodland walk and a damp garden. Adjacent to the garden is a specialist plant nursery – perfect for that special purchase for your own garden!

Following our visit we will head for home.

Good to know


Departure points and times:
London (Tothill St, Westminster): depart - 7.30am, return - 8.30pm.
Luton Parkway (railway station): depart - 9am, return - 7pm.
Northampton (railway station): depart - 10am, return - 6pm.
Birmingham (Paradise Circus): depart - 11.30am, return - 4.30pm. 
Stoke-on-Trent (railway station): depart - 12.30pm, return - 3.30pm.
Crewe (railway station): depart - 1pm, return - 2.30pm

  • Pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers and all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately 10 days prior to departure
  • It is possible to join this tour at Crewe Railway Station, please contact us for details and prices on 01334 657155

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