Tour to The Gardens of Cornwall

Tour to The Gardens of Cornwall

Update: This tour is now full but send us an email if you would like to go on the waiting list.

Flight from Dublin to Newquay arrives on the 5th May at 10.20am

Friday, 5th May 2017 – Tregrehan and The Lost Gardens of Heligan

On arrival we will be met by our private coach which will then take us to our first garden on this tour, Tregrehan. This garden is often described as Cornwall’s temperate rainforest! We will be met by owner Tom Hudson who will guide us around this unique collection of newly discovered woody plants.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
This award-winning garden is the scene of the greatest restoration project in Europe.  The Tremayne family developed and tended these magnificent gardens for more than two centuries, before they fell into disrepair at the outbreak of the First World War. Re-discovered in the 1990s, the gardens have been painstakingly restored to their former glory.

Later, our coach will collect us and bring us to our hotels in Truro. Orlaith and I would be delighted if you would join us later for an evening meal on us. This of course is a perfect opportunity to get to meet and chat to your fellow travelers.

Saturday, 6th May 2017 – Tremenheere and Minnick Theatre

The coach will pick us up from Truro and bring us to our first garden of the day. Tremenheere is a newly opened garden set in a beautiful sheltered valley. We will be met by Dr Neil Armstrong who will guide us around this eclectic garden. A collection of contemporary pieces of art that are interwoven into the landscape with large scale exotic and sub-tropical planting.

We will have lunch here before travelling on to Minnick Theatre. Carved into the cliffs, this amphitheater is dramatically planted with succulents and tender plants.

Sunday, 7th May, 2017 – Trelissick and Glendurgan

We will drive a very short distance to our first garden, Trelissick, a glorious spring woodland paradise under the care of the National Trust. Its ornamental woodlands, huge oaks and conifers can be traced back to the turn of the last century when its owner – and renowned plant hunter – Carew Davies Gilbert, laid out the garden to display his discoveries. We will be met by Garden Director, John Lanyon, who will guide us around the fascinating collection of plants set in a scenic peninsula.

After our lunch, we will travel a short distance to our next garden, Glendurgan. Lose yourself in the valleys of this extraordinary garden. Including a 176-year-old cherry laurel maze, Glendurgan is at its best in May when bluebells and other native wild flowers line the valley walks down to the Helford River. Both of these National Trust garden are gardened to very high standard with exceptional collection of new introduction from various plant hunting expeditions.

Monday, 8th May 2017 

Our coach will then collect us at 8.30am and deliver us back to Newquay airport for our flight home. Our return flight to Dublin arrives at 12.00pm.

Further details from:

Jim Blake or Orlaith Murphy

Tour Price is: €400 per person

Tour price includes:

Comfortable coach transport.
Admission to all gardens.
Friendly and knowledgeable professional tour coordinator.
Botanical expertise of Jimi Blake
Tour ‘Kick Off’ Evening Meal on the 5th May

Tour price excludes:

Airfare and Accommodation – You’ll 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 6th and 7th May

Payment schedule:

A non refundable deposit of €200 is due when you book your tour.
Final payment, in full, is due by February 1, 2017.


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 from them. 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 paypal or credit card.

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 February 1st 2017.

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 1, 2017, we reserves 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.


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