Touched by the Gulf Stream and surrounded by azure blue waters which lap the shores of its sandy beaches., the island of Tresco could easily belong in the Caribbean. Behind the strong shelter belt lie treasures from the hottest and most sun drenched climatic zones of the world. Proteas from South Africa, furcraeas from Mexico and yuccas from California all combine to create an extraordinary landscape not seen anywhere else in Europe. Lampranthus cling to crevices in walls and aeoniums from the Canary Islands jut out at impossible angles from what seems like sheer rock faces. Around every corner appear spiky aloes and enormous agaves, it is magnificent and surreal. After the disastrous snowfall of 1997 and the hurricane of 1990 which took a heavy toll, Tresco is back to its full glory with a wider range of plants than ever.