Upcoming Events: Autumn Floral Festival

Autumn Floral Festival, Guernsey2nd – 7th October 2012
Across the island

Guernsey’s Autumn Floral Festival will take place between 2nd – 7th October, featuring a programme of walks, talks, lectures and workshops, all giving visitors an insight into the end of summer and the start of winter across the Bailiwick’s beautiful floral islands.

Guernsey has a rich floral heritage that far surpasses its small size. The Island is bursting with natural beauty, from its wildflower cliff walks and bluebell woods to natural orchid fields and cottage gardens.

2012 Festival Programme

Tuesday 2nd October: RHS Guided Walk of Herm with 3 Course Dinner

Join Head Gardener, Brett Moore, for a private tour of the exotically planted gardens of Herm Island, followed by a 3-course meal.

  • Where? Herm Island, meet outside the Ship Restaurant
  • Price? RHS Member – £36.00 / Non-member – £41.00 (includes guided tour, boat fare and meal)
  • Boat departs 8.15am / Tour and lunch: 9.30am – 2pm / Return ferry: 2.35pm or 4.35pm

Wednesday 3rd October: Tiny Tots, Wiggly Worms and Mini Beasts Children’s Workshop

Introduce the joys of growing and the garden to little ones during a packed 45 minutes. The kids will look around the eco garden and learn about the mini beasts that keep flowers and plants in good health.

  • Where? Queux Patio Garden Centre, Castel
  • Price? £5.00
  • Session one: 10am – 10.45am / Session two: 11am – 11.45am

Saturday 6th October: Souper Saturday

Enjoy an open day at Sausmarez Manor’s walled kitchen garden, including a tour and a taste of fresh homemade soup.

  • Where? Walled Kitchen Garden, Sausmarez Manor
  • Price? Free of charge
  • 10am – 2pm

Saturday 6th October: Children’s Workshop with TV Presenter Matt Baker

Matt Baker, host of the One Show, will be talking about his life growing up on a farm and his experiences hosting Countryfile on the BBC.

  • Where? The Orchard House, Sausmarez Manor
  • Price? Free of charge
  • 2.30pm – 3.15pm

Saturday 6th October – 20th October: Nerine Festival at Candie Gardens

Visitors can view hundreds of varieties of Nerines – or “Guernsey Lilies” – exhibited in a wide range of colours.

  • Where? Lower Glass House, Candie Gardens, St. Peter Port
  • Price? Free of charge
  • 10am – 4pm

Sunday 7th October: Breakfast with Matt Baker at the Farmhouse Hotel

Join Countryfile presenter Matt Baker for a full breakfast followed by an informal chat about his recent experiences filming Countryfile in Guernsey.

  • Where? Farmhouse Hotel
  • Price? £19.00
  • 9.15am – 11am

Sunday 7th October: Open Garden at Grange Court

Grange Court features a mature private town garden of approximately 2 acres with both formal and informal areas, overshadowed by majestic old trees – including a magnificent copper beech.

  • Where? Grange Court, St. Peter Port
  • Price? £4.00
  • 10am – 4pm

Autumn is a beautiful time of year to visit Guernsey, with the floral festival and Tennerfest both offering plenty for visitors to see and do.

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