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Travel With Us on a West Country English Gardens Adventure

Immerse yourself in several centuries of English garden styles and enjoy the beautiful weather and colorful abundance of late summer with others who love gardening just as much as you do, including Garden Gate’s Editor, Kristin Beane Sullivan. We’ll explore well-known historical gardens and discover fascinating contemporary gardens on a nine-day garden adventure you’ll never forget!

TOUR DATES

September 10-September 18, 2022

TOUR PRICES

$5,725 (USD) per person, double occupancy

$7,025 (USD) per person, single occupancy

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • All 4-star hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners, including tips
  • Admission to all gardens, including tips
  • Comfortable coach transport
  • Friendly & knowledgeable tour coordinator
  • Design & botanical expertise of Garden Gate Editor, Kristin Beane Sullivan, and Carex Tours’ Carolyn Mullet
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ITINERARY

AT A GLANCE

September 10, Saturday – Arrive at Heathrow Airport

September 11, Sunday – St. Timothee & Rousham

September 12, MondayPettifers & Broughton Castle

September 13, TuesdayKiftsgate & Hidcote

September 14, WednesdayHighgrove & Village Visit

September 15, ThursdayHanham Court & Iford Manor

September 16, FridayHauser & Wirth & Stourhead

September 17, SaturdayStonehenge & Malverleys

September 18, Sunday – Depart or continue travels

DETAILS

Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate strives to operate according to our published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the itinerary, adjustments may be necessary.

Day 1, Saturday, September 10 — ARRIVE

Tour members independently arrange travel to Heathrow Airport and transfer on their own to the Crown Plaza London Heathrow Airport Hotel at Terminal 4, where a room is booked for them (included in the tour price).

We’ll gather for a Welcome Dinner in a hotel restaurant at 6:30 PM (included in the tour price).

Day 2, Sunday, September 11 — ST. TIMOTHEE & ROUSHAM

We begin our week of garden tours 20 miles west of Heathrow at St Timothee, Sarah and Sal Pajwani’s 2-acre garden surrounding a 1930’s house. Starting in 2011, the couple transformed an overgrown field, with only a few mature trees in it, into a stunning, year-round garden that won the 2021 Nation’s Favourite Garden award in England & Wales, a competition for gardens that open for charity with the National Garden Scheme. We will see color-themed borders, a wildlife pond, a boxwood parterre, and a rose terrace during our visit to this special place. Sarah will be available to introduce us to the garden and answer our questions. Be prepared to take notes, for this is a garden full of exciting ideas and inspiring plant combinations.

After spending our morning in one of the newest gardens on our itinerary, our afternoon destination is the oldest. William Kent (1685-1748) designed Rousham Garden in the natural landscape style that he popularized for large estates. Many consider it the single best example of this type of garden in England today. The same family has lived there from the beginning, and little has changed over the centuries. The calming views and elegant accents Kent designed are still there to enjoy today while we stroll through this woodland garden along a river. Make sure to leave time to check out the walled garden with its long double borders, pigeon house, and kitchen garden.

Day 3, Monday, September 12 — PETTIFERS & BROUGHTON CASTLE

First today, we visit Pettifers, a stylish townhouse garden designed by the owner Gina Price. With little gardening experience, Price started in the early 1990s with a conventional, old-fashioned garden. Gradually through visiting other gardens and asking for criticism from knowledgeable friends, Price began editing. Today Pettifers is known for its innovative plant choices, unusual plant pairings, and vivid color combinations, all within a confident structure. Price admits to being influenced by the New Perennials Movement but says she couldn't have a garden without English prettiness. Pettifers is a garden that's sure to please.

Broughton Castle, our afternoon destination, is a moated manor house and parklands with a 700-year history. For most of that time, it has been the home of the Fiennes family. Gardens surround the castle, with the most picturesque being the walled Ladies’ Garden created by Lady Algernon Gordon-Lennox in the 1890s as a boxwood parterre in a charming fleur-de-lis pattern with pretty pastel flower borders. We will tour the castle's public rooms with a guide, ending up on the roof with marvelous views over the gardens and countryside, and then explore the gardens.

Day 4, Tuesday, September 13 — KIFTSGATE & HIDCOTE

We travel to Kiftsgate Court this morning to delve into its many gardens. A visit to Kiftsgate is not complete without understanding how three generations of women in one family have shaped the garden and made it into a beloved treasure. The garden was started in the 1920s by Heather Muir, who fearlessly employed an intuitive approach to creating her gardens instead of using a more formalized plan. In the 1950s, Muir's daughter, Diany Binny, continued the garden’s evolution by introducing a semicircular swimming pool on the lower level, commissioning sculptural features, and opening Kiftsgate for public enjoyment for the first time. Today, Anne Chambers, daughter of Binny and granddaughter of Muir, shapes the garden. Her new Water Garden is a contemporary oasis and is evidence of her desire to bring the garden into the 21st century.

This afternoon we visit the iconic Hidcote Manor. Starting in 1907, Lawrence Johnston, a talented plantsman with a strong sense of design, created the garden considered by many to be a masterpiece. A series of hedged, intimate rooms, each with its individual character, are linked by narrow passageways that eventually lead to lawns and views to the countryside beyond. Throughout, Johnston used a wide variety of plants, many found on his plant-collecting trips. It's noteworthy that Hidcote, with its themed garden rooms, changed how gardens were made in England and still influences garden makers today.

Day 5, Wednesday, September 14 — HIGHGROVE & VILLAGE VISIT

Today we first visit Highgrove, the family residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. The Prince bought his estate in1980 and has devoted great energy to establishing lush, organic gardens. He has had the help of notable designers, including Rosemary Verey and Julian and Isabel Bannerman. The results are thought by many to be enchanting. Just a few of the gardens we’ll see here are a pollinator-attracting Wildflower Meadow, a fragrant Thyme Walk flanked by witty yew topiaries, and a shaded, sculptural Stumpery. One of Highgrove’s designated tour leaders will guide our visit, and no photography is allowed.

This afternoon, we take a break from visiting gardens and have free time in the Cotswolds village of Bourton-on-the-Water. It is sometimes called the Venice of the Cotswolds due to the gentle River Windrush flowing through the middle of the village, crossed by five picturesque foot-bridges. Next to the river is High Street filled with small shops & galleries where we are likely to find that special souvenir or gift for someone back home. There are also cafes, pubs, and bakeries if you want refreshments. A bit further away is the Cotswold Motoring Museum plus a Model Village — a 1/9th scale replica of the village center, the Cotswold Perfumery, Birdland — a sanctuary for 130 species, and a Dragonfly Maze.

Day 6, Thursday, September 15 — HANHAM COURT & IFORD MANOR

Today we visit the romantic Hanham Court. Isabel and Jullian Bannerman made the garden while they owned the property from 1994 to 2012, just for their pleasure. Known for their love of fragrant plants, they filled the garden to overflowing with roses, peonies, and lilies. They also designed architectural elements — contemporary arches, gates, and railings that reference historical examples. Richard & Julia Boissevain, the current owners, are committed to restoring and preserving this beautiful design.

Lovely Iford Manor is our afternoon garden, an Italianate garden in a beautiful river valley of the southern Cotswolds. It was created in the early 20th century by the architect Harold Peto who had made Iford Manor his home. Peto recognized that the surrounding steep valley made an ideal backdrop for the garden architecture he liked. Using the topography, he created ascending terraces with every level having its own mood enhanced by handsome statues and ornaments collected on his travels to Italy. We’ll make sure to pause on each terrace to take in the bucolic views over the countryside.

Day 7, Friday, September 16 — HAUSER & WIRTH & STOURHEAD

We start our day at Hauser & Wirth, a modern art gallery with a naturalistic garden designed by the celebrated Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf. Wide curving grass paths cut through an artful 1.5-acre perennial meadow. A champion of sturdy perennials that don’t need to be staked or divided, and dynamic ornamental grasses, Oudolf arranges his plantings in drifts resulting in dreamy views wherever you look. They are lovely in late summer and fall when the grasses peak, sending up feathery plumes that catch the light as they move in the breeze. Make sure to bring your camera to capture this photogenic place.

Our afternoon destination is Stourhead, a 250-year-old garden made in the English landscape style, a design philosophy that idealized nature. The 18th-century banker Henry Hoare II created the garden after being inspired by landscape paintings he saw on a trip to Italy and France. He chose a secluded woodland valley and, over 40 years, dammed up a stream to make a lake, carved out a grotto, built classical temples (sometimes called follies) with stunning framed views, and created elegant bridges over the water. He planted many trees and shrubs, which today are some of the finest specimens found in England. This garden has been called a masterwork. After strolling around the lake on the shaded path that touches each architectural feature, you may agree.

Day 8, Saturday, September 17 — STONEHENGE & MALVERLEYS

On this last day of our time together, we depart from garden touring again to visit Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stonehenge dates back to prehistoric times and has fascinated archaeologists and the general public for centuries. Who built these circles of monumental, upright, standing stones -- some sarsens and some bluestones -- and for what purpose? The builders left no known written records, so speculation abounds. In the 12th century, some theorized that Stonehenge was a memorial to Britons killed by Saxons – and that the wizard Merlin had the stones brought from Giant's Ring, a stone circle with magic powers located in Ireland. Others thought Druids built Stonehenge and used it as a temple, and still others believe it was an astronomical calendar used to predict eclipses. And then there’s the contingent who is sure it’s a landing pad for ancient space aliens. Our visit will undoubtedly make for some fascinating discussions on our ride to the next garden.

The final garden for our tour is the exquisite Malverleys Garden, a private garden barely 10 years old. Designed by the talented head gardener Mat Reese in conjunction with the owners, the garden consists of hedged rooms with color-themed perennials and annuals planted in an exuberant style. There is a White Garden, Hot Garden, Cool Garden, flowering meadow dotted with topiary, and a shady stumpery. Throughout, self-seeders are allowed to run and romp — with careful editing, of course — making an atmosphere that verges on wildness.

Day 9, Sunday, September 18 — DEPARTURE

Our time together has ended, but garden lovers always find fresh inspiration wherever they are. Tour members can choose to return home or carry on the adventure. We’ll provide coach transfer to Heathrow Airport at 7:00 AM for those with flights leaving at 11:00 AM or later. Alternatively, you can take a taxi at the time of your choosing from the hotel to the airport.

Contact 800-341-4769 or gardentravel@aimmedia.com for more information.

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PRICING

Tour price:

$5,725 (USD) per person, double occupancy

$7,025 (USD) per person, single occupancy

Tour price includes:

  • All 4-star hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners, including tips
  • Admission to all gardens, including tips
  • Comfortable coach transport
  • Ground transportation between hotel and airport on departure day
  • Friendly and knowledgeable professional tour coordinator
  • Design and botanical expertise of your Horticulture & Garden Gate hosts

Tour price excludes:

  • Airfare. Each tour member books their own flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport on 9/10/22 by 4 p.m. local time and depart from the same airport on or after 9/18/22.
  • Travel Insurance (required)
  • All lunches, drinks, including water, and snacks
  • Breakfast & lunch on arrival day, dinner on day 4 in Bourton-on-the-Water, and lunch & dinner on departure day
  • Tips for coach driver & tour coordinator

Payment schedule:

A $1,000.00 (USD) deposit is due when you book your tour.

Final payment, in full, is due on June 3, 2022.

After June 3, please contact us to confirm that there are still spots available on this tour. If you are able to join, full payment, reservation form and proof of insurance will be due immediately.

NOTE: Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate offers thoughtfully arranged garden tours. Each tour is guaranteed to proceed as soon as the minimum of 18 reservations has been met. If our reservation minimum is not met, Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate reserves the right to cancel the tour. Deposits/payments will be refunded in full if the tour is canceled.

Please DO NOT make your airline reservations until Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate has guaranteed (by email) that the tour will proceed.

Contact 800-341-4769 or gardentravel@aimmedia.com for more information.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

4-Star Relaxation & Comfortable Coach Travel

Hotel Accommodations

After a day filled with garden inspiration and botanical discoveries, we will retire to the comfort of 4-star accommodations. Rooms are double occupancy with the option for a single room for an additional fee.

September 10Crowne Plaza London Heathrow T4

September 11-14Arden Hotel

September 15-17Audleys Wood Hotel

Coach Travel

Daily transportation will be provided by a modern, comfortable coach operated by an experienced driver.

Contact 800-341-4769 or gardentravel@aimmedia.com for more information.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Responsibilities:

Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate hosts garden tours operated by CarexTours and Garden Tours. As the hosting organization, Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate provides reservation services and has chosen Garden Tours, a professional tour operator, as its designated tour operator. As the designated tour operator, Garden Tours arranges for the actual tour of the garden sites. Garden Tours also acts as an agent for services connected with specific tours hosted by Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate, such as ground transportation, lodging accommodations, and meals. Each service provider is solely responsible to the participant for providing their respective services.

By making a reservation for a tour hosted by Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate, the participant certifies that she/he does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate, CarexTours and Garden Tours reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a tour hosted by Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate.

Price:

The tour prices in this agreement are based upon current exchange rates, tariffs, and taxes. Fluctuations in these rates could result in a price adjustment without prior notice until the tour is paid in full. Once the price for the tour is paid in full, the fee will not be adjusted due to any later change in exchange rates, tariffs or taxes.

Liabilities & Booking Conditions:

Garden Tours is established in the Netherlands, and rights and responsibilities for all tours operated by Garden Tours will be governed by Dutch and EU laws only. Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate, CarexTours and Garden Tours will have responsibility only for the proven negligent acts and omissions of its employees or agents and suppliers, subcontractors, servants, and/or agents of the same while acting within the scope of or in the course of their employment in respect of claims arising as a result of death, bodily injury, or illness caused to the signatory to the contract and/or any other named persons on the booking form.

Smoking:

All participants in tours hosted by Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate agree to comply with a non-smoking policy on all coaches, in restaurants, and in all lodging places.

Liability:

Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate, CarexTours and Garden Tours have no responsibility or liability to any person for loss of baggage, money, or other property whatsoever. Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate, CarexTours and Garden Tours have no responsibility or liability for any loss or additional expenses caused by delay or interruption to travel services through weather conditions (such as rain, wind, or fog), civil disturbance, riot, illegal acts of third parties, strikes, wars, floods, sickness or any circumstances amounting to Force Majeure.

Complaints:

In the unlikely event that you have a complaint, you must promptly notify the Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate host or the Garden Tours tour coordinator directly, so he/she can take remedial action on the spot. If the matter cannot be solved directly, any complaints must be submitted in writing to Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate within 20 days after the date of your return.

Your tour canceled by us:

Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate aims to provide your tour as booked. We reserve the right to cancel your tour under any circumstances, but if we cancel your tour, except where this is because you have not paid, you will receive a full refund.

Changes in itinerary details:

Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate and Garden Tours strive to operate according to the published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the itinerary, adjustments may be necessary or appropriate. Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate and Garden Tours reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the agreed-upon itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants. Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate will let you know about any significant changes as soon as possible if there is time before your departure. Otherwise, we will announce changes on the tour.

Cancellations:

If you should need to withdraw from the tour for whatever reason, you must notify Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate in writing. Cancellation becomes effective when written notice is received. There will be no refunds from Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate on or after June 3, 2022.

Insurance:

Travel insurance is required in case you need to cancel your trip after June 3, 2022, you have health emergencies while on the tour, or other unforeseen issues arise. Squaremouth and Insure My Trip are two travel insurance search sites. If you are under 70 years old, World Nomads is usually an economical travel insurance choice. You will be required to provide evidence to Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate that you have obtained travel insurance by June 3, 2022.

Health & Safety:

Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate follows COVID-19 safety updates from the CDC and our destination countries. Although we can't know at this time what the requirements will be in the future, each of our travelers must be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks before departure & have vaccination verification in the form of their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.

Photography notice:

Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate will be taking photos and videos of the gardens for future editorial and promotional use. Tour participants may occasionally appear in these images.

Contact 800-341-4769 or gardentravel@aimmedia.com for more information.

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RESERVATIONS

Secure your reservation:

To reserve your spot on this tour, download the reservation form and return it with payment to:

Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate
2143 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312

Or contact us at gardentravel@aimmedia.com or 800-341-4769. We would love to chat with you about this exciting trip!

Your reservation will be secured after a deposit/full payment is received.

Note: After June 3, please contact us to confirm that there are still spots available on this tour. If you are able to join, full payment, reservation form and proof of insurance will be due immediately.

Reservation Form

Payment details:

Deposit amount: $1,000 USD

Full payment:
$5,725 (USD) per person, double occupancy
$7,025 (USD) per person, single occupancy

Note: For reservations made after June 3, the full payment will be due immediately.

Additional information about the Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate tour costs, including details about inclusions and exclusions, can be viewed on our pricing tab.

PLEASE NOTE: Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate reserves the right to cancel the tour. Deposits/payments will be refunded in full if the tour is canceled.

Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate follows COVID-19 safety updates from the CDC and our destination countries. Although we can't know at this time what the requirements will be in the future, each of our travelers must be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks before departure & have vaccination verification in the form of their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.

Contact 800-341-4769 or gardentravel@aimmedia.com for more information.

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YOUR TOUR GUIDES

Kristin Beane Sullivan

In her 25 years at Garden Gate magazine, Kristin Beane Sullivan has been lucky enough to meet hundreds (if not thousands) of gardeners, tour and photograph countless gardens and learn something from every single gardener she’s met. She comes from a long line of farmers and gardeners, and today tends an ever-expanding urban garden with her husband and three children who are a lot more help in the garden than she was at their ages.

Carolyn Mullet

As a professional garden designer, Carolyn Mullet balances her appreciation for the history of garden making and traditional approaches with an eager and welcoming attitude toward the progressive ideas of modernism. Her passion for garden design and a desire to share what she loves prompted her to launch CarexTours and begin the rich journey of crafting garden travel experiences.

Contact 800-341-4769 or gardentravel@aimmedia.com for more information.