GARDEN TOURS: IN UK AND IRELAND FOR GROUPS/CLUBS/SOCIETIES
We are often asked “what is the best time to go on a garden tour”?
The British Isles and the Republic of Ireland have temperate climates which, although somewhat unreliable, do allow for almost year-round garden visits. The gardens, with their historic houses, open from April to October. Spring brings swathes of snowdrops, daffodils and tulips and the glorious blaze of rhododendrons and azaleas; Summer - perennial borders and rose gardens, while in Autumn the trees and shrubs take on their fiery swansong.
The world-famous Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows, and smaller local events, are celebrated throughout the seasons. Garden-related topics make for plenty of variety on our itineraries, with talks, walks and unusual visits.
For the 21st Century, the focus is on conservation. The Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, the Eden Project in Cornwall and the National Botanic Garden of Wales are all dedicated to preserving plants from around the globe.
Designing a Custom Tour:
Details: We plan an itinerary to your specifications to include accommodations with private bath and full breakfast. Other meals tours/transfers/entrances/guides/lectures as required
Flexibility: Select your own dates. Family/friends/Garden Clubs itineraries planned and transport provided. Guides available as required. Tours can be escorted or unescorted. Accommodations reserved to suit your budget.
Optional: Tickets for Chelsea (in May) or Hampton Court Flower Show (in July) are an extra cost.
The following are a selection of some of the gardens in each region that have outstanding collections:
London & South-east England:
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; RHS Wisley; Nymans, Sissinghurst, Penshurst Place; Pashley Manor;Sheffield Park; Great Dixter; Hever Castle; Hampton Court; Chelsea Physick Garden; Leonardslee; Mottisfont Abbey; Savill Garden Windsor Great Park; Westdean House; Charlestonfarmhouse.
Cotswolds – Heart of England:
Hidcote Manor; Barnsley House; Painswick; Kiftsgate; Upton House; Sezincote; Bourton House;Dyrham Park; Misarden Park, Rodmarton Manor; Westbury Court; The Peto Garden, Stourhead. Sudeley Castle.
Devon/Cornwall South-west England: Cotehele; Lanhydrock; RHS Rosemoor; Barrington Court; Coleton Fishacre; The Eden Project; Lost Gardens of Heligan; Trelissick; Trebah; Hestercombe
Wales/Welsh Borders/ Peak District: Bodnant Gardens; Biddulph Grange; Arley Hall; Tatton Park; Penrhyn Castle; Plas Newydd; Chirk; Powis Castle & Garden; Erddig; Hodnet Hall; National Botanic Garden of Wales. Chatsworth, Haddon Hall;
Northern England: Levens Hall; Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle; Hexham Herbs; Belsay Hall; Cragside; Castle Howard, Sutton Park; Newby Hall; Fountains Abbey; Ripley Castle.
Eastern England: Somerleyton Hall; Audley End; Beth Chatto Gardens; Blickling Hall; Kentwell Hall; Wyken Hall; Norfolk Lavender Fields (in season).
Scotland: Edinburgh Botanic Gardens; Malleny; Kellie Castle; House of Pitmuies; Crathes Castle; Culzean Castle; Crarae; Inverewe; Greenbank; Arduaine Garden.
Republic of Ireland: Mount Usher; Powerscourt; Ballymaloe; Killruddery House; National Botanic Gardens; Helen Dillon Garden; Garinish Island; Kilravock; Graigucconna.
For further general information, please call us on 215-699-6863
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