GHS Study Tour: The Gardens of the Channel Islands

Posted on December 4th, 2009 by Charles Boot
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GHS Study Tour:
The Gardens of the Channel Islands

Friday 4 to Thursday 10 June, 2010


This 6-day tour explores the gardening and horticultural heritage of the Channel Islands, an archipelago blessed with wonderful natural scenery, fine gardens and a favourable climate, enabling an extraordinary range of plant materials to grow. Starting in Jersey, the ‘Floral Island’, the tour continues to Guernsey, from where we’ll take excursions to the nearby islands of Sark and Herm. As well as seeing a large and varied selection of public and private gardens, including Sausmarez Manor and the walled garden at La Seigneurie on Sark, we’ll also visit the wild flower meadow at Le Noir Pré, which should be at its best in early June, and enjoy a tour of the Eric Young Orchid Foundation, where unique varieties are still bred. A feature of this tour is the large number of specially arranged visits to private gardens that rarely open to the general public, where participants will have the chance to meet and talk with garden owners, some of whom are among the Channel Islands’ most well known gardening personalities.

The tour is limited to 22 participants and will be led by Jeff Sainsbury, who organised 2009’s GHS Study Tour to Brazil. Cost: £1415. This includes: return flights from Southampton (local airport departures are available at a supplement); Jersey to Guernsey flight; entrance to gardens; coach transportation on Jersey and Guernsey; ferry excursions to Sark and Herm; and accommodation in well located four-star hotels based on double occupancy (sea view rooms are available at a supplement), with all breakfasts and six other meals. The single supplement is £180. For a booking form and further details, including the itinerary and information on flight options from local airports, please contact Jeff Sainsbury, the tour operator: info@jeff