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Friday, May 2, 2014

The Best of English Gardens 2014

It is that time of year again. I will be returning to England to help lead a tour of English gardens May 19-28.  This year, I will giving an American perspective on how to incorporate ideas from the English gardening to members of the Western MA Master Gardeners Association. We will begin our tour with the Chelsea Flower Show in London. We will also be visiting Great Dixter, Hidcote, Sissinghurst, Stourhead and Wilsey.  I think of myself as the "color commentator" to compliment Gavin Miller, the exceptional British tour guide, who will be leading the tour.

You can see the complete itinerary at The Best of English Gardens. They have a wide range of tours throughout Europe. For more information, see their website, Discover Europe.

Sissinghurst, the garden of poet/novelist Vita Sackville-West and her husband, historian Harold Nicolson

Great Dixter, the home and garden of the late plantsman, Christopher Lloyd

 The Red Garden, one of the many garden rooms, at Hidcote Manor

The modern pool at Kiftsgate Court Gardens

The Palladian Bridge and Pantheon, at Stourhead

Rosemary Verey’s iconic Laburnum Walk at Barnsley House

The Glass House at Wisley

A Favorite Garden at Last Year's Chelsea Flower Show: The Arthritis Research UK Garden designed by Chris Beardshaw


  1. Michael,

    Have a great time. I wish I could afford to accompany you on this tour, but I won't even look at the cost!

  2. I think you would like this tour very much, James. I am enjoying getting to know these gardens more intimately after having seen them many times. There is always something new to learn. Last year, the plants were a couple weeks behind and tulips were blooming in both NH and England! This year, I understand, they are much further along in the season.

  3. Michael, are we going to meet again this year? ahha, it is a pity that you are not in London for the 2nd of June because my fellow MA students and I will have our final year exhibition. It would be my pleasure to invite you!
    Hope to meet again,
    best wishes

  4. Giacomo,
    I am sorry I won't be in London June 2nd. I would have loved to see your final year exhibition. What is your project going to be? I am eager to hear what you will do once your final year is completed.

  5. Congratulations! This is the big things. Thanks to give the time to share such a nice information .



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