Press release

TV gardener Chris Beardshaw joins Saga Pearl II cruise

Monday 3 March 2014

Floral Delights of the Canaries sailing for passengers with a passion for plants!

Join TV garden designer and RHS Chelsea gold winner Chris Beardshaw on Saga Pearl II’s Floral Delights to the Canaries cruise. Chris will be sharing his expertise and love of gardening with passengers during talks and a questions and answers session.

Chris, a long-standing member of Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time, said: “There are always lots of people wanting gardening advice and tips - this is something I really enjoy and I am very used to doing!

“I will also be joining a garden tour, as well as presenting new talks focusing on projects behind the show gardens at RHS Chelsea, including The Arthritis Research UK Garden which was awarded Gold and People’s Choice Award in 2013.”
Chris knows the Canary Islands but has not visited all of the destinations and gardens on the itinerary. He said: “It is wonderful to have the opportunity to visit gardens and in December, when we are sailing, the climate will be much better than at home.

“I really enjoy seeing plants in differing habitats and often end up wishing I had the conditions to grow many of the plants that thrive in that part of the world.”

Saga Pearl II will sail to the floral island of Madeira and on to Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, where green-fingered guests will be able to stroll through glorious sub-tropical gardens. There will also be a chance to explore dramatic volcanic landscapes and lush banana plantations.

Saga Pearl II will also call in to Agadir, with the Atlas Mountains on one side and a vast beach on the other. In the souk there are beautiful displays of fruit, vegetables and spices.

Lisbon is the last, but not least, port of call where the city’s botanical garden and former royal summer place of Queluz will fulfil any keen gardener’s delight.

Floral Delights of the Canaries: 13 nights from £1,569, departing Southampton on December 8.

Price includes UK mainland travel service, all meals, daily afternoon tea, 24-hour
room service, all on-board gratuities, entertainment and activities, welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner and travel insurance.

For details call free on 0800 50 50 30 or visit


Chris Beardshaw