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Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Best of English Gardens 2015

I am pleased to announce that I will be returning to the UK this year to help lead a tour of English gardens May 12-21. I will be giving a North American perspective on how to incorporate ideas from the English gardening to members of the tour; a sort of 'color commentator' to compliment the excellent English tour guide. We will be visiting Great Dixter, Hidcote, Sissinghurst, Stourhead and Wisley among other gardens and attractions. The tour ends with The Chelsea Flower Show in London.

You can see the complete itinerary at The Best of English Gardens, 2015Discover Europe offers a  wide range of tours throughout Europe. For more information, see their website.

 The 2014 Best in Show Garden by Luciano Giubbilei

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

The Long Border at Great Dixter, the home and garden of the late plantsman, Christopher Lloyd, now run by his Head Gardener, Fergus Garrett.

An elegant lawn at Monttisfont Abbey

The Temple of Apollo through the trees at Stourhead Garden

A beautiful garden path at Kiftsgate Court Gardens

 One of the many focal points in a garden room at Hidcote Manor


  1. Lovely. Hope you have an enjoyable trip. However, there are many beautiful gardens in the county of Yorkshire such as Breezy Knees and RHS Harlow Carr just to mention a couple. Maybe you will bear them in mind for another time!

  2. I would love to visit Yorkshire county. Too many gardens, too little time….at least this year! Thanks for inviting me to add them to my 'gardens to visit' list.

  3. Michael, I'd enjoy hearing about your response to this year's Chelsea show gardens, and particularly to Dan Pearson's garden. It is difficult to assess from photographs.

    1. Hi Pat, the Chelsea posts are in the works. Thanks for nudging me along!



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