Garden Tours 2018
Over the years my wife and I have had the pleasure of hosting many garden tours in the UK and Europe. In 2017 we had the pleasure of visiting the Italian Lakes, Guernsey, Cornwall and the Welsh Borders. Our travelling companions included many that have joined us on garden tours in previous years as well as those trying this type of holiday for the first time.
I believe the most important thing about any garden tour is that it is a holiday for everyone. You do as much or as little as you want to. If walking becomes too much, you sit and enjoy a coffee or a drink while the keen ones do the gardens. I’ll contribute as much about plants and gardens as you wish.
I have worked with Brookland Travel for several years and am delighted to be working with them again in 2018. My wife and I will be hosting five tours this year to some favourite destinations, and a couple of new ones.
In April we head for the Italian Lakes, based in Stresa on Lake Maggiore. This is a fabulous tour and one not to be missed. We stay at Hotel La Palma, a family run lakeside hotel offering comfort, great food and a stunning rooftop bar overlooking the Lake and Isola Bella. Our local guide Michaela is charming, knowledgeable and fun and we have enjoyed hosting with her three times before. The scenery is superb and the gardens amazing. If the spring weather is kind expect wisteria, flowering dogwoods, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and many rare and exotic shrubs and trees.
Later in April (26/04/2018 - 30/04/2018) we head to the South of France. We stay right on the sea front in Menton and visit some of the wonderful gardens of the French Riviera including the opulent Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild located at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the atmospheric Serre de la Madonne, the other garden of Lawrence Johnston, creator of Hidcote Manor.
Then in June (22/06/18 - 26/06/18) we are off to Normandy; a favourite destination we look forward to returning to. Staying in historic Rouen we visit some fabulous gardens including Le Jardin des Plumes, Bois de Moutiers and Jardin d'Angelique. Of course Claude Monet's garden at Giverny is on the agenda, and for me the highlight: Le Vasterival. This is a plantsman's paradise created by the late Princess Greta Sturdza; a visit is the ultimate lesson in gardening.
September sees our first tour to Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Needless to say this has proved incredibly popular and has sold out before details were even released. We are sorry to disappoint so many so please watch this space and the Brookland Travel website for details of 2019 tours.
Autumn is a favourite time of year for me. I love the autumn tints and often the late summer flowers are at their best. We have another tour planned for October (15/10/18-18/10/18) to Dorset - details to be released shortly. In the meantime mark those dates in your diary.
We do hope we can tempt you to join us on one of our garden tours this year. Booking for all tours is direct with Brookland Travel. However if you have questions you would like to ask me feel free to contact me via this website.
Andy and Ros McIndoe