Daytrip Itinerary - Botanical
If you’re passionate about plants, a day spent on Tresco will be an absolute delight. Scilly’s position in the Gulf Stream encourages a temperate climate across the islands, allowing a range of plant-life to thrive here. Take a look at our botanical highlights:
Some rougher terrain is involved with some of the seasonal add-ons suggested below. An Abbey Garden visit itself is doable within a half-day, or extend your botanical explorations with our seasonal suggestions.
Make the Abbey Garden (1) your first stop – you might even spend the entire day here as there’s so much to see. Home to over 4000 species of plants from across the globe, there’s something in bloom all year round.
The Garden took shape thanks to Augustus Smith, who took over the lease for Tresco in the 19th century and considered collecting exotic plants a hobby. His legacy has been continued and nowadays plants from the world’s Mediterranean climate zones, from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.
You’ll find striking King Protea and the handsome Lobster Claw, great blue spires of Echium, brilliant Furcraea, Strelitzia and shocking-pink drifts of Pelargonium. Not to be missed!
April sees impressive echiums come to life across the islands – find clusters close to the Island Office (2) and by the Ruin Beach Café (3).
The gorse flower is also impressive – the central wooded stretch of Tresco boasts plenty of this.
The Abbey Drive (4) and Gimble Porth (5) are vibrant with rhododendrons – their fuchsia flowers are irresistibly cheerful. Head to the banks of Pentle Bay (6) to see Tresco’s iconic agapanthus in bloom too.