The EBTS goes to Ireland: Dublin & the Wicklow Mountains
This tour is arranged and run by Boxwood Tours Ltd for EBTS UK
This breathtakingly beautiful region is blessed with mountains, fast flowing rivers, lakes, and a treasure-house of unique and fascinating gardens. The tour includes a range of contrasting gardens specially chosen for their use of topiary and trained plants used to provide structure and surprise. The little-known Master’s Garden in Dublin has a very strong formal structure as opposed to Corke Lodge where soft mounds and winding paths shape an informal green garden. At Powerscourt we enjoy the most famous of Irish garden views and at Charleville discover the incredible walled garden divided into further contrasting ‘rooms’ including a slightly drunken avenue of yew flasks. We meet many garden owners including brother and sister, Jimi and June Blake in their two very different gardens, both very much at the heart of the Irish gardening scene today. We are based at the comfortable Glenview Hotel, well positioned to visit all the gardens with ease. Fine gardens, good food, engaging company and – that essential ingredient – wonderful good humour: this is the essence of a grand Irish garden tour.
Day 1: Saturday 29th September
Depart London Heathrow at 10.35 to Dublin Airport, arriving at 12:05 on British Airways flight BA0834. From the airport, we drive into Dublin to visit The Master’s Garden, Dublin Royal Hospital. This is one of Ireland’s more successful restorations: the 17th century classical building is now the home of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The garden takes its inspiration from a plan from John Evelyn’s fourth edition of ‘Sylva’ published in 1706. Using box hedging, dark yew cones, variegated holly ‘lollipops’ bounded by pleached limes and hornbeam hedging, an intricate pattern is created. A welcoming lunch is included in the museum restaurant before taking a special guided tour around the heart of old Dublin. We then head out of town to The Glenview Hotel with time to settle in before meeting Jimi Blake for a pre-dinner talk after which he will dine with us.
Day 2: Sunday 30th September
Corke Lodge is a fine Regency dwelling with a romantic green garden. We step through the small garden gate to discover mounds of box billowing through an ivy-clad floor surrounding an old Cork Oak, then step from deep shade to light-filled pools, all created by the current owner, architect and furniture designer, Alfred Cochrane. We are then invited to a private home for lunch and time to view the flower-filled garden. Lastly, we visit the small, slightly quirky garden of Knockanree. Running alongside a brook we discover elements of a small parterre and laburnum tunnel intermingled with the informal cascade, Chinese garden and fernery. We return to Glenview with time to change before eating out together at a traditional Irish Pub.
Day 3: Monday 1st October
Charleville is a magnificent, privately owned Palladian Mansion sitting proudly in extensive grounds with green rides and woodland glades. Our exclusive garden visit will focus on the remarkable walled garden, a rich tapestry of wonderful plantings in contrasting themed rooms, the work of a number of notable designers. There follows time at Powerscourt to find your own lunches, to shop and to explore the gardens. Late in the afternoon, we visit the gardens and house of Killruddery where we dine at special invitation of the owners.
Day 4: Tuesday 2nd October
Our morning visit is to Tinode where June Blake constantly embellishes her small, intense garden with horticultural wonders: exciting plant combinations are forever being refined with much to see in September. Around the corner we meet up again with Jimi Blake at his own garden, Hunting Brook. Following a welcoming lunch, we will be shown this superbly diverse garden with wonderful free-flowing flower & grass borders leading to a woodland dell. We thebnreturn to the airport for the 19:50 return flight BA0823 to London Heathrow arriving at 21:10.
How much & what’s included:
The price per person: £1298 per person
Single supplement: £100 (per person, levied by the hotels)
Please note that these figures are based upon a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 44 paying passengers. If the minimum number required is not attained, the viability of the tour will be discussed with the organisers. If the tour is cancelled by Boxwood, all payments will be returned in full.
The price includes:
Three nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation at The Glenview Hotel, three evening meals and three lunches as stated in the itinerary, plus all transport and guiding from Dublin Airport and return flights from London Heathrow. Included are evening meals as follows: one at the hotel (wine included), one at a traditional Irish Inn (drinks not included) and one as special guests at Killruddery (wine included). If you wish to join the tour at Dublin Airport we will deduct £88 per person from the price. The price does not include extras at the hotel or travel insurance.
Coaching throughout the tour.
Tour Leader: The tour will be accompanied throughout by Patience Shone
This price does not include:
Extra services at hotel.
Travel Insurance (strongly recommended to protect traveller payments in case of last minute cancellations and must be taken out in your country of residence).
How to Book
To make a reservation please make a deposit of £200 per person using the online booking facility above by clicking on ‘Buy tickets‘.
Payments can be made over the telephone using a Visa, Mastercard or Maestro card on +44 (0)1341 241717
Any questions? Please contact us at the Boxwood Office by telephone: +44 (0)1341 241717 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This tour is financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate.