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25th October 2014

Garden Visits from Great Fosters

Date added: 25/10/2014

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Client: Great Fosters

This suggested itinerary is ideal for a three or four night stay at Great Fosters

The Gardens are all located within easy reach of the hotel and are open throughout the year. Some of the gardens host special events at various times of the year which may further enhance your visit and dates and details of these are available on the gardens’ websites. The hotel is able to arrange tickets and transport on your behalf and our Chef would be delighted to prepare a picnic for you to enjoy for lunch whilst visiting the gardens. Admission prices and the cost of transport and picnic luncheons will be confirmed subject to dates. The itinerary is flexible and can be adapted to meet personal preferences or incorporate other places of interest.

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Day one – Kew Gardens

Explore glasshouses, landscapes and 250 years of history at the world's most famous garden!

Visit the iconic Palm House, the most important surviving Victorian iron and glass structure in the world. It was designed to accommodate the exotic palms being collected and introduced to Europe in early Victorian times.

Experience the Xstrata Treetop Walkway, Kew’s new permanent attraction. Designed by architects of the London Eye, it takes visitors on an amazing journey from tree roots in the underground Rhizotron to tree tops 18m (59ft) above the ground with amazing views across the Gardens.

Other attractions include The Prince of Wales Conservatory – ten computer-controlled climatic zones all under one roof, the Temperate House – the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world and the Pagoda – a ten-storey octagonal structure almost 50m high completed in 1762.

www.kew.org

Day two – RHS Wisley

Undoubtedly one of the great gardens of the world boasting a huge range of diverse plants with a comprehensive fruit-growing collection, alpines, vegetables, bulbs in addition to herbaceous and woody plants.

A garden for all seasons, it is more than just a collection of plants and is the flagship of the Royal Horticultural Society. It captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art new Glasshouse.

An important part of the Society's work since 1860 have been the trials of flowers, vegetables and fruit which epitomize the Society's endeavour to show the public the best kinds of plants to grow and still remain one of the principal objectives of the garden today.

Gifted to the RHS in 1903, Wisley has evolved over time into a world-class garden and was recently awarded “Large Visitor Attraction of the Year” at the Tourism Awards South East 2009.

www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

Day three – The Royal Landscape

The Royal Landscape is a thousand acres of landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland, incorporating The Savill Garden, The Valley Gardens and Virginia Water lake and is a paradise for gardeners. The Great Park is recorded in Saxon documents as a hunting forest used by monarchs and nobles. Adjoining the royal residence of Windsor, it has evolved over the centuries, under the patronage of Kings and Queens.

The Savill Garden and The Valley Gardens are England's finest woodland gardens, designed neither as botanical nor demonstration gardens but simply "gardens for gardens' sake".

The Savill Garden is 35 acres (15 hectares) and mixes native and exotic species, and has bred many important garden hybrids. Every season brings new colour and interest to delight the visitor.

The Valley Gardens are located on the northern shores of Virginia Water, with meandering pathways and plunging views. Covering some 250 acres of landscaped woodland, this flowering forest, interspersed by grassy meadows and expansive plantings of exotic shrubs, has been continuously planted since the middle of the eighteenth century.

On the south bank of Virginia Water lake visitors can admire the ornamental cascade from the 18th century and a ‘Roman temple’ built from columns and lintels brought from the ancient city of Leptis Magna in the early 19th century. One of the gardens more recent additions is a towering 100-foot high Totem Pole, a gift from the government of British Columbia.

www.theroyallandscape.co.uk

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