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Free Nights

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  • Guernsey foxgloves
  • Guernsey bay flowers
  • Bluebell Woods, Guernsey
  • Field of daffodils in Guernsey

Guernsey gardens and wildlife

Annual Floral Festivals

When Guernsey’s gardens are bursting with bloom, islanders show them off at their very best with floral celebration weeks. Get involved and enjoy the open gardens, walks and talks that are available:

  • Open Gardens: check our events blogs

  • North Show & Battle of Flowers: 24 – 25 August

  • NCCPG Nerine Festival: 10 – 24 October

Enjoy Guernsey’s natural beauty

There are a large number of Guernsey gardens and wildlife areas to explore whilst visiting the island as the horticultural industry was an important part of the economy for many years and the natural headlands and inland ponds attract a diverse range of wild birds and insects. Glasshouses full of Guernsey tomatoes and grape vineries grew abundantly and whilst they are still important for the island, flowers are now one of Guernsey’s most important exports with lilies and freesias sent daily to the mainland and Europe and Guernsey producing the largest number of Clematis in the world.

Guernsey also has an active programme to encourage the community to become involved in floral displays and the islands’ formal parks and gardens are a riot of colour throughout the seasons. Westerly orchid fields, southerly bluebell woods, wildflowers sprinkled on the cliff top paths, wild hedgerows and vibrant and colourful gardens are just some of Guernsey’s seasonal floral delights whilst seasonal visitors such as puffins, Atlantic Grey seals and dolphins find the island a magnet.

Candie Gardens

Candie Gardens

Saumarez Park in Guernsey

Sausmarez Park

Floral St Peter Port

Floral St Peter Port

Visit:

Saumarez Park

Guernsey’s largest free public park is full of vibrant colour with seasonal plant beds and borders. Often used for social gatherings, the park has duck ponds, nature trails, a cafe, playground and is home to The National Trust of Guernsey’s Folk and Costume Museum. Also including:

  • Victorian Walled Garden Restored Victorian Kitchen gardens courtesy of The Guernsey Botanical Trust.
  • Saumarez Nature Trail Nature trail from Cobo Bay to Saumarez Park
  • Sculpture Park & Subtropical Garden at Sausmarez Manor Specialising in subtropical plants, the gardens are situated in the grounds of the manor house. Offering many sculptures, the gardens are also an RHS Partner Garden.

Guernsey Freesia Centre

Situated in Vale Parish, the centre not only specialises in Freesia’s but grows and packs them for the UK market. Gold award winners in the Guernsey floral festival, watch videos on flower growing in Guernsey, browse the nursery and buy corms at the gift shop.

Les Cotils Gardens

Open all year round, the 12 acres of gardens looking out towards St Peter Port and Herm are rich with 400 year old oak trees and are abundant with colour from Spring through to Autumn.

Candie Gardens

Once part of a large estate overlooking St Peter Port Harbour, the gardens are now free to enter and host music and public events throughout the peak season. Home to restored Victorian glass houses and a public flower garden, there are also fish ponds, a Victorian bandstand, museum, art gallery and café.

Les Videclins Farm

The tranquil gardens in Castel were developed around a 200 year old farmhouse and offer a sculpted lawn and borders full of grasses, roses, perennials and a variety of shrubs. Surrounded by woodland, the gardens are open by appointment. Tel 01481 254788

Castle Cornet Gardens

A series of period gardens including medicinal and kitchen gardens and topiary situated within Castle Cornet in St Peter Port.

Victor Hugo’s Garden – Hauteville House

Free entry to the gardens at Hauteville House, occupied by author Victor Hugo whilst in exile in Guernsey. Includes a kitchen garden with fruit trees.

Looking through the arch in the gardens of Hauteville House in Guernsey

Hauteville House Gardens

Red and pink Guernsey lilies

Guernsey lilies

A Guernsey nursery

A Guernsey nursery

Bluebell Woods

South of St Peter Port, the woods are carpeted with bluebells in springtime.

Pleinmont Headland

Magnificent views from the cliff walks where rare birds can be found amongst the flora and fauna.

Fort Hommet Headland

With rare species of plants, butterflies and birds the wet meadow and heathland lead to the once occupied Fort.

Le Vaux de Monel and La Varde Rock

Naturalised woodland valley kept by The National Trust of Guernsey with an outlook over Rocquaine Bay and the flat topped rock of La Varde.

Silbe Reserve

Birds and flowers thrive in the woodland valley and grassland at St Pierre de Bois.

Jerbourg

The peninsula has wonderful views over to France and of the other islands. Complete with a bird hide for watching the many birds attracted to the area and fantastic cliff top walks as well as a WWII bunker.

Rue des Bergers

Part of Grande Mare, two ponds with reed beds and a bird hide attract dragonflies and wetland birds.

Fauxquets Valley

An inland woodland valley with a nature reserve and ponds.

L’Ancresse Common

Historical area with burial mounds and fortifications whilst being close to beaches. Golf course, shooting range and grazing area.

La Claire Mare

An area of the west coast with salt marshes, reed beds and an orchid meadow. Includes the Colin Best Nature Reserve and Les Anguillieres Marine Nature Reserve.

L’Eree Headland

Part of a designated Ramsar site leading to Lihou Island with wildflowers and an ancient tomb.

Lihou Island

Only accessible via the causeway for 2 weeks every month, the unspoilt island is a RAMSAR wetlands nature reserve with varied wildlife both above and below the tidal line.

Orchid Fields

A series of meadows owned by La Société Guernesiaise who cut pathways around the fields in May and June to allow the orchids to be seen.

Port Soif Nature Trail

Wetland conservation area with a trail designed with thought for the needs of disabled people.

Rousse Headland

Rousse Headland

Sparrow Hawk

Sparrow Hawk in Guernsey

Vale Church and pond

Vale Church and pond

Vale Pond & C.J McCathie Nature Reserve Vale

Pond and public viewing hide at the north end of the island.

Rousse Headland

Lovely walks around the fortified headland.

St Saviour’s Reservoir

The Millennium Walk is a peaceful path around the freshwater reservoir and woodland habitat.

Le Grande Pr

Large north coast reed bed, great for bird watching. Views out to Herm island.

Le Gouffre

A south coast area of outstanding natural beauty with cliff walks.

Talbot Valley

Wet meadow, freshwater pond and spring orchids in a beautiful woodland valley.

Gardens and wildlife in the rest of the Bailiwick

Guernsey is part of the Bailiwick of Sark, Herm and Alderney and between the four islands there are fantastic opportunities for adventure! Atlantic Grey seals can often be seen basking on the rocky outcrops whilst dolphins play in the water. From March to July you can catch a boat from Guernsey and go on a puffin patrol or kayak to Shell Beach in Herm or from Herm to Jethou where you can get a closer look.

Herm

Herm Island Garden Tours

Catch the Trident boat from St Peter Port from April to September and take a tour of Herm’s award winning gardens, carefully planted with windbreaks offering shelter to many subtropical plants unable to survive in the rest of Britain.

Sark

La Seigneurie Gardens, Sark

Set within the grounds of a 17th century manor house, the high walled gardens are home to some unusual species such as Australian Bottlebrush and New Zealand Tea Tree. As well as formal gardens there are colour restricted borders, productive gardens and a sensory area. Open 29th March – end October 10am – 5pm.

Alderney

Blonde hedgehogs and black rabbits are some of Alderney’s more unusual species. Puffins, gannets and storm petrels colonise some of the small islets, whilst the island is home to a greater concentration of wildflowers species than most other areas of the UK. Take a look at our Alderney Holidays website for more details.

Saumarez Park in Autumn

Saumarez Park in Autumn

Alderney Blonde Hedgehog

An Alderney Blonde Hedgehog

Belvoit Beach, Herm

Belvoir Beach, Herm

Other pages which may interest you:

Guernsey events & festivals, Guernsey tourist attractions, Guernsey beach guide, Places to visit in Guernsey, Places to eat in GuernseyWalking in Guernsey, Outdoor Activities in GuernseyGuernsey Occupation, Cycling in Guernsey, Golf breaks in GuernseyGuernsey running trails and events.