Chelsea Flower Show Tour 2015
May 19th - 28th, 2015


May 19 - 20, 2015  Arrival Day at Millennium Gloucester Hotel 

Welcome Dinner this evening at our hotel.

May 20th
Cliveden Gardens – Guided Tour of Gardens – Topiary and Sculptures

Owned, managed and beautifully maintained by the National Trust, the Grade 1 listed formal gardens feature the celebrated parterre, season long floral displays, distinctive topiary and an outstanding sculpture collection. The famous parterre was laid out in 1855 by John Fleming and his colourful planting schemes set a precedent for gardens the world over. The triangular shaped beds have been beautifully restored with seasonal bedding displays using Fleming's original design and complete the breathtaking views from the house. The sculpture collection, amassed largely by the Sutherland and Astor families, is evident throughout the garden and includes Thomas Waldo Story's impressive Fountain of Love at the end of the Grand Avenue. Other features not to miss are the octagonal temple, perched on the cliff edge and built by Giacomo Leoni in 1735, a Tortoise Fountain, the Chinese Water Gardens, a pavilion built to commemorate the battle of Blenheim, and an amphitheater where the first recital of "Rule Britannia" was played. Magnificent formal gardens and woodlands. Café and shop. 

Chenies Manor – Entrance to Chenies Manor House and Guided Tour of Gardens – Historic and Enchanting

This historic and enchanting Tudor Manor House with its award winning gardens is set in the charming estate village of Chenies in Buckinghamshire overlooking the Chess Valley. The architectural historian Nickolaus Pevsner described the manor house as: “Beautifully mellow under the trees by the church and archaeologically a fascinating puzzle”. The 22 individual cut brick chimneys distinguish the manor house and are echoed throughout the estate village. From the picturesque village green a private gravel drive leads invitingly up to the Manor House. Immediately outside the gates is the 15th Century Church of St. Michael, together with the private Bedford Chapel. The front gates open into the Inner Court, leading to the house and gardens. Both Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I visited the house on numerous occasions accompanied by their Courts. The gardens in their present form are the creation of Alistair and Elizabeth MacLeod Matthews and are divided into a series of compartments, with various colour themes and structural forms, combining imaginative plantings and beautiful plant associations. A stunning garden to visit. Café and shop. 

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