Visiting Tresco and the Abbey Garden

Off to the next island of the Isles of Scilly!

Need to take another boat.

Though it was a very short ride – there was no way to get around. Swim? Well, you know what I think of swimming.

Off the boat and we had one goal – get to the Tresco Abbey Garden!

A fifteen minute walk along a paved path, we waked through woodlands till we arrived at the Benedictine Abbey – and followed directions to the Gardens.

We weren’t sure if dogs were allowed but there was no sign that said we weren’t so we proceeded.

The sign of things to come – very large leaves!

Fruits from the garden!

The 17-acre garden is dense with foliage – species from across the world’s Mediterranean climate zones, from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.

And flowers …

Aren’t they pretty?

Had to pose for Mum.

As we meandered through the various paths, there was so much to see – so many different landscapes.

At the top of the Neptune stairs is the statue of Father Neptune

We walked up to the top terrace to get a closer look.

Set against some dramatic trees.

Just so much to look at – but we were most excited by the three red squirrels that ran past us!!!

Statue of Gaia.

More beautiful garden landscapes …

All these photos do not do justice to the environment.

At the other end of the garden from Neptune is the The Tresco Children sculpture.

Taking a closer look

We stopped quickly in the cafe for a drink before we stride back quickly to the quay to catch the boat back to Bryher.

Bye Tresco!

So happy to be back on Bryher – and couldn’t wait to get back to our hotel.

We were ALL knackered! Though not as sunny as the day before, it was clouded over and warm.

We’re not suppose to be on these armchairs but we don’t shed and we don’t have muddy paws.

That was enough activity for the day.

May’s comment: Everyone said – go to the Abbey Gardens in Tresco. So we did. With more than 20,000 exotic plants from all over the world, the garden was established in the 1830s. This horticultural heaven thrives from the sub-tropical climate of the Isles of Scilly.

Tresco is a small, family-run island measuring about two and a half miles long by a mile wide at its broadest point. It’s one of the five inhabited islands which, together with 200 or so islands, islets and rocks, form the Isles of Scilly.

Happily, we went returned to uncrowded and unspoiled Bryher – back to our room at Hell Bay Hotel – which is part of the Tresco Estate. That explained why they picked us up from the airport and arranged for us to get to the island.

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