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  • Britain has a long gardening tradition and so many glorious gardens, castles

    and stately homes to visit. Join passionate gardener Lynne Walker on this

    delightful tour visiting a diverse range of exceptional gardens in beautiful

    settings. But it’s not just gardens, there are also castles and historic homes,

    including Glamis Castle, Winston Churchill’s home, Chartwell, and Down

    House, home of Charles Darwin. The Chelsea Flower Show can be included

    before the commencement of the tour.

    Tour Highlights

     Romantic Gresgarth Hall—designed by landscape designer and plantswoman - Arabella Lennox Boyd

     Sissinghurst—designed by Vita Sackville West

     Castles and stately homes, including Glamis Castle, Alnwick Castle, Hatfield House and Hampton Court

     West Green Garden - designed by Australian Marylyn Abbott

     David Austin’s Rose Garden and Nursery

     Chartwell, home of Winston Churchill

     Munstead Wood, former home of Gertrude Jeckyll

     Beth Chatto’s Garden and Nursery

     Three nights in the beautiful Cotswolds region

     Guided tours of Edinburgh, Cambridge and London

    Your Tour Leader New Zealand born, Lynne Walker has been a passionate gardener all her life, making gardens wherever she has lived around the world. Formerly Coordinator for Australia’s Open Garden Scheme, Northern NSW, Lynne has continued her love of gardening as a freelance writer with Country Style and NZ House and Garden. She is an active member of the Australian Garden History Society and Guyra Garden Club. Lynne and her husband, Richard Bird, run a sheep and cattle farm near Armidale, NSW.

    For more details call 1300 301 128

    Glorious Gardens of Britain - Exclusive Small Group Tour

    23 Days Escorted Tour 1st - 23rd June 2015

    This is a small group tour with exclusive use of a Mercedes Benz coach providing access to small villages and country lanes.

  • Day 1 Depart Australia Mon 1 June Meet your tour escort, Lynne Walker, at Sydney International Airport and depart on the flight to Scotland via Dubai. (Meals inflight )

    Day 2 Arrive Scotland Tue 2 June Early afternoon arrival Scotland. Arrive Glasgow. Meet your tour manager/ driver and transfer to the historic town of St Andrews. Welcome dinner tonight in the hotel. (- - D) Overnight: St Andrews

    Day 3 St Andrews Wed 3 June Visit St Andrews Botanic Gardens for an introduction to the plants of the Northern Hemisphere. Over 8000 species of plants and trees are grown here; some are native to Scotland but most grow wild in other regions of the world. Afterwards there’s free time for lunch in the centre of this charming town. After lunch visit Falkland Palace Garden then return to St Andrews for free time to wander through the historic centre. (B- -) Overnight: St Andrews

    Day 4 St Andrews to Edinburgh Thu 4 June Leave St Andrews in the morning and drive to the garden at House of Pitmuies. Here, two semi-formal wall gardens adjoin an 18th century house and shelter a long border of herbaceous perennials. The garden has spacious lawns, river and lochside walks beneath tall trees. Continue to Glamis Castle near Forfar for a tour of the castle and impressive gardens. The Italian Garden includes a raised terrace between two small gazebos, and fan-shaped parterres of formal beds separated by gravel walks. This was the family home of the Queen Mother and the tour provides a fascinating insight into her life. Later this afternoon travel on to Edinburgh, the nation’s capital. Dinner will be included in the hotel this evening. (B - D) Overnight: Edinburgh

    Day 5 Edinburgh Fri 5 June Depart after breakfast for a guided sightseeing tour of Edinburgh including Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, Newtown, Holyrood Palace, and Princes Street. After some free time for lunch, travel out of the city to visit Broadwoodside Garden where the garden was started with a blank canvas in 2000 and continues to develop today. Everything has been planted and maintained by the gardener Guy Donaldson, who has lived and worked there from the start. Return to Edinburgh where the remainder of the day and evening are at leisure. (B -- ) Overnight: Edinburgh

    Day 6 Edinburgh to Durham Sat 6 June Depart this morning after breakfast for Alnwick Castle for a visit to the castle and gardens followed by lunch. Created by the Duchess of Northumberland over the past ten years, Alnwick includes the country’s largest collection of European plants, the Grand Cascade water feature, interactive water sculptures, the infamous Poison Garden and one of the world's largest wooden tree houses. Depart early afternoon and travel to Cragside Garden near Rothbury. The Formal Garden of over three acres is a magnificent example of a Victorian garden laid out in three terraces and is an idyllic, colourful spot to take in views of Northumberland. Continue to Durham for overnight. Dinner will be included in the hotel this evening. (B L D) Overnight: Durham

    Day 7 Durham to Lancaster Sun 7 June This morning travel south into Yorkshire and visit Scampston Walled Garden at Malton, acclaimed as one of the finest gardens in North Yorkshire. This is a stunningly beautiful contemporary garden, designed by the renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf. Continue to the historic city of York for independent lunch and time to visit York Minster. Travel on to Harlow Carr Gardens near Harrogate. Set in a valley and covering 68 acres it is very much a part of the Yorkshire landscape, woodland and wildflower meadows as well as acidic soil which affords a fabulous environment for rhododendrons and Himalayan blue poppies. Continue later this afternoon to Lancaster for dinner. (B - D) Overnight: Lancaster

    Day 8 Lancaster to Shrewsbury Mon 8 June Depart this morning for Gresgarth Hall, home of world-renowned landscape designer and plantswoman Arabella Lennox-Boyd. Since 1978 she has created a beautiful romantic garden, combining the best of Italian style and British plantsmanship. With lavishly planted terraces leading down to a lake, wild and bog gardens, large herbaceous borders, an extensive walled kitchen garden, a magnolia and rhododendron hillside and a serpentine beech walk. Continue to the pretty and historic market town of Shrewsbury. Dinner will be included in the hotel this evening. (B - D) Overnight: Shrewsbury

    Day 9 Shrewsbury Tue 9 June Enjoy some time at leisure this morning before visiting Biddulph Grange, an amazing Victorian garden created by Darwin contemporary James Bateman. His plant collection comes from all over the world and includes the oldest surviving golden larch in Britain. A visit takes you on a global journey from Italy to Egypt and the Himalayas to China! Afterwards continue to The Combermere Arms for lunch before visiting Combermere Abbey near Whitchurch, where the Walled Gardens are a remarkable testament to a way of life which almost completely disappeared between the 1st and 2nd World Wars. (B L -) Overnight: Shrewsbury

    Day 10 Shrewsbury to The Cotswolds Wed 10 June Depart this morning for a visit to Wollerton Old Hall near Market Drayton. This is a spectacular garden with extensive hedges, walls and paths that have created a number of separate gardens, each one having its own style and ethos. Colour, form and scale are all important and the planting style is best described as controlled exuberance with a definite emphasis upon perennials. This afternoon, continue to the ever-popular nursery of David Austin in Albrighton. After fifty years of intensive breeding, David Austin's English Roses combine the beautiful forms and wonderful fragrances of old roses with the wider colour range and repeat-flowering nature of modern roses and this visit allows you to appreciate his familiar and unfamiliar roses on their home turf! Afterwards continue to the Cotswolds area. Dinner at the hotel. (B - D) Overnight: Cotswolds

    Day 11 The Cotswolds Thu 11 June Travel through the delightful picturesque Cotswolds region to the gardens at Cerney House. Featuring brightly coloured tulips, herbaceous borders packed with old-fashioned favourites, and surrounded by roses and companion climbers Cerney House also has a working Kitchen Garden, herb garden and medicinal garden. Continue to Barnsley to have lunch at Barnsley House Hotel with the opportunity to wander afterwards in the ga