Cornwall Gardens With Jimi Blake

Cornwall Gardens With Jimi Blake

Thur 25th to Sun 28th April 2019

Tour highlights:

  •  Tregrehan, Tom Hudson will guide us around one of Cornwalls great gardens filled with champion trees and exotic flora
  • Trelissick, Jaw dropping views and a sublime collection of plant species
  • Glendurgan, Sub topical garden, sprawling down through 3 valleys to a beautiful hidden cove
  • Tremenheere, in the company of Neil Armstrong we will delight in the exotic planting mixed with dramatic views,
  • Trebah is a sub-tropical Cornish paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop
  • Bosvigo, Cornwall’s best kept secret, a plantpersons garden filled with treasures in the heart of Truro

Day 1 – 25th April, 2019

We will join our coach in Newquay and travel to Tom Hudsons garden Tregrehen

Tregrehen Gardens

Described as Cornwall’s temperate rain forest, Tregrehan provides 20 acres of woodland with exotic plants to explore, creating a backdrop to the formal walled garden and fine greenhouses. It has been home to the Carlyon family since 1565, and today Tom Hudson, the cousin of Gillian Carlyon, now takes care of the planting. This garden is the best collection of newly discovered woody plants in the world.  We will have ample time to wonder around this garden before our coach collects us at 17.15 and brings us to our hotels in Truro.

We would be delighted if you would join us for an evening meal, perfect opportunity to meat and chat to your fellow travelers.

Day 2– 26th April, 2019


Our coach will collect us at 8.45am and we will start the day with a journey through the beautiful Cornwall countryside to Tremenheere.

We will be met by Neil who will guide us around this extraordinary garden. Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is a major new attraction in West Cornwall which opened mid-September 2012. In a beautiful sheltered valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for large scale exotic and sub-tropical planting. Interwoven with this there is also an evolving program of high-quality contemporary art installations. Inspirational… contemplative… a joy to visit!

You will also have an opportunity to visit their plant sale where they sell surreal succulents!!


Leaving Tremenheere, we will travel to Trebah Garden where we will stop for lunch.  After lunch we will take a tour through this uniquely beautiful, wooded 25-acre sub-tropical ravine garden.

This is the wild and magical result of 160 years of inspired and dedicated creation. The natural spring at the top of the garden drops 10ft into the Koi Pool and cascades through drifts of brightly coloured waterside plantings and the garden descends to its own beach on the beautiful Helford River.

Mediterranean and southern hemisphere plants intermingle with Trebah’s groves of huge Australian tree ferns and palms. A giant plantation of gunnera and clumps of huge bamboos give this garden a unique and exotic wildness.

Day 3– 27th April, 2019


Our first destination of the day is to the National Trust garden – Trelissick.  Jimi will guide us around this wonderful collection of plants set in a stunning location Tranquil varied garden on its own peninsula, commanding magnificent views over the Fal Estuary, Trelissick surely has one of the best natural settings of any estate in the country.

There are 12 hectares (30 acres) of garden to explore, with twisting paths leading you through important collections of hydrangeas, rhododendrons and ginger lilies, together with woodland plants and herbaceous borders that provide year-round colour and interest.

We will eat lunch in Crofters café which offers a delicious range of light refreshments, hot luncheons and afternoon cream teas using seasonal and local produce.


After lunch we will make our way to Glendurgan another National Trust Garden.  We will hopefully be in time to see the Aquilegia’s in the wild flower meadow.  Following a devastating storm in the 90’s which felled over 70 tree leaving vast area of garden uncovered.  The staff decided again replanting trees in favour of a creating a wild flower meadow.  Over the course of the year you can see primroses and violets from mid-February, daffodils in March then bluebells at the end of April / early May. The final act is a haze of towering aquilegias or columbines in May. When all of this is over the wildflower banks are left for seeds to spread. This creates a perfect home for many different types of wildlife including moths, butterflies and beetles.  Incredible example of biodiversity in a garden.

Day 4– 28th April, 2019


A Georgian house surrounded by fine gardens featuring walled garden, borders, topiary and original Victorian conservatory. Also includes small woodland area and attached nursery.

Although there has been a house at Bosvigo since the 13th century, the garden has only been developed since the latter part of the 20th century. Alterations to the present 18th century house have made it possible to construct an attractive walled garden and to utilise the splendid conservatory which now houses many interesting tender species of roses and climbers and offers seats for those wishing to sit and savour the perfumes of the plants.

Our coach will collect us and bring us back to Newquay airport for our early afternoon flight.


Tour Itinerary


Booking Information


Tour Price is: €460 per person

 Tour price includes:

·         Comfortable coach transport. 

·         Admission to all gardens. 

·         Friendly and knowledgeable professional tour coordinator. 

·         Botanical expertise of Jimi Blake 

·         Evening Meal on the 25th April

Tour price excludes:

·         Airfare and Accommodation – You will book your own flights and accommodation but only after we send you an email confirming that our reservation minimum has been met and the tour will proceed. 

·         Travel insurance. (See below) 

·         Lunches. Budget £10 per lunch minimum. 

·         Evening meal on the 26th and 27th April

Payment schedule:

·         A non-refundable deposit of €255 is due when you book your tour. 

·         Final payment, in full, is due by Feb 28th, 2019.


Travel insurance is required in case you have health emergencies or other unforeseen issues arise. We recommend AA Travel Insurance and you can get a quote online at Click here for Travel Insurance. There are many providers, so you may identify other travel insurance providers on your own. Before departure, you will be required to provide evidence that you have obtained travel insurance.  


It’s easy to book your garden tour, just let us know by return email and we will hold your place.  Later we will ask you to fill out our online booking form and at that stage you can pay the deposit by direct debit.                               

Your trip reservation will be confirmed by email upon receipt of the completed Reservation Form and trip deposit/full payment.  Payment in full must be received by Feb 28th, 2019.  

For questions or help completing your reservation, please contact Orlaith Murphy.

Phone: 087 6453042 or Email:  


As a small tour company Jimi Blake Tours offers tailored tours for keen gardeners and plant enthusiasts. Each tour is guaranteed to proceed as soon as the minimum of 20 reservations has been met. In the event that our reservation minimum is not met by Feb 28th, 2019, we reserve the right to cancel the tour. Deposits/payments will be refunded in full if the tour is cancelled.  

Please DO NOT make your airline reservations until we have guaranteed (by email) that the tour will proceed.

If you would like to join us, then simply contact Jimi by email at or by phone on 087 285 6601 

To avoid disappointment, please book early. 

On booking, we will supply you with information on suggested accommodation


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