The first landing of our Wild and Ancient Britain adventure began with a short Zodiac ride to the island of Tresco; one of the islands that make up the Isles of Scilly. Located at the southwestern most tip of the UK, these islands are subtropical in nature and allow a remarkable range of plants to be grown from South Africa, New Zealand, Chile, and the Mediterranean. With blue sky, sunshine, and a gentle walk to the gardens, what more could you ask for!
Our private guide, David, walked us through the gardens explaining the history of the Dorrien-Smith family and their residency at the Abbey and delighted us with details of plant cultivation. We were very pleased to be invited to view his vegetable, fruit, and cutting garden and to better understand how the team of four full-time gardeners and three students care for such a significant horticultural collection. This was truly an insider’s view of the gardens that I had never before experienced in all my visits here.