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Colorful Normandy & Monet’s Garden


We’ll see centuries of garden making on our tour of gardens in Normandy, from formal 17th-century planting schemes to 19th-century impressionistic designs to 21st-century beds filled with movement and whimsy. Together we’ll explore castles, wander streets of historic towns and soak up the beautiful French countryside. Enjoy it all with a small group of fellow garden lovers and your hosts from Garden Gate magazine.

TOUR DATES

August 8-August 15, 2023

TOUR PRICES

$5,195 (USD) per person, double occupancy

$6,145 (USD) per person, single occupancy

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • All 4-star hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners, including tips
  • Admission to all gardens, including tips
  • Comfortable coach transport
  • Friendly & knowledgeable tour coordinator
  • Design & botanical expertise of Garden Gate Senior Editor, Sherri Ribbey, and Senior Photographer and Videographer, Jack Coyier
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ITINERARY

AT A GLANCE

August 8, Tuesday – Arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris

August 9, Wednesday – Evreux, Champs de Bataille

August 10, ThursdayChateau de Brecy, Bayeux, Jardin de Castillon

August 11, Friday – Honfleur, Les Jardins d’Etretat

August 12, SaturdayChateau de Miromesnil, Jardin Agapanthe

August 13, Sunday – Jardins d’Angelique, Le Jardin Plume, Rouen

August 14, Monday – Jardin de Valerianes, Monet’s Garden at Giverny

August 15, Tuesday – 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, Tuesday, August 8: ARRIVAL

Tour members arrange their own transportation to Paris and to the Sheraton Paris Hotel, where a reservation has been made (included in tour price).

We will gather for a welcome dinner this evening at the hotel restaurant (included in tour price).

Day 2, Wednesday, August 9: EVREUX, CHAMPS DE BATAILLE

We’ll leave our airport hotel and travel to the historic town of Evreux, where we’ll enjoy some free time and lunch on our own.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit Champs de Bataille, a 17th-century chateau that French designer Jacques Garcia began restoring in 1992. The formal gardens were recreated from original sketches, and new additions maintain the spirit of the baroque designs. Here we’ll find terraces, a grand canal, temples and arches. This garden is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.

Day 3, Thursday, August 10: CHATEAU DE BRECY, BAYEUX, JARDIN DE CASTILLON

We’ll start our day at Chateau de Brecy, a masterpiece of a garden that grows around a historic 17th-century castle. Here meticulously pruned yew and boxwood hedges and topiary extend for miles in a series of terraces that each feature a different style of planting. Formal gardens at their best.

We’ll spend midday in the medieval city of Beyeux, on the Aure River. Visit the cathedral built in Romanesque and Gothic styles, the 19th-century botanical garden, take a walk along the river, or see the famous UNESCO World Heritage tapestry depicting the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy, in 1066.

We’ll spend the afternoon in Jardin de Castillon, a more contemporary garden created by plantspeople Colette and Hubert Sainte-Beuve. The design is mainly formal, and it features eight themed garden rooms, each separated by a yew hedge. See beautiful combinations of ornamentals and perennials throughout the property or sit down for a cup of tea or peruse the attached plant nursery.

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Day 4, Friday, August 11: HONFLEUR, LES JARDINS D’ETRETAT

We’ll start the day in the picturesque Honfleur, where the Seine meets the English Channel. It’s easy to see why so many artists have made this beautiful city their home. We’ll be able to check out galleries and shops, enjoy the view of the water and have lunch on our own.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit the enchanting Jardins d’Etretat, a magical landscape that combines contemporary topiary and art elements with the dramatic coastline views. Visitors walk through seven parts of the garden, each designed to elicit different responses. This is an experience you won’t want to miss.

At the end of the day we’ll move to our hotel near in the center of Rouen, where you’ll be close enough to walk to shops and restaurants and explore on your own in the evenings.

Day 5, Saturday, August 12: MIROMESNIL, JARDIN AGAPANTHE

Author Guy de Maupassant was born at the Chateau de Miromesnil in 1850. The property’s large working potager should be in full of both vegetables and flowers when we visit in late summer. Elsewhere we’ll see beautiful flower gardens and a lovely park on this 35-acre property. Don’t miss the 16th-century chapel hidden in the woods.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit much smaller 1.4-acre Jardin Agapanthe, the garden laboratory of designer Alexandre Thomas. Pathways, terraces, walls, watercourses and pools lead you through different experiences in this always-changing garden. Prepare to be surprised by the unique and playful plant combinations.

Day 6, Sunday, August 13: JARDINS D’ANGELIQUE, LE JARDIN PLUME, ROUEN

Today we’ll start at the beautiful and intimate Jardins d’Angelique, which were planted in memory of the owners’ daughter, Angelique, and feature plants in the restful colors of white, pink and blue. They have a particularly large collection of roses and hydrangeas. One side of the house features lawn and a large more casually planted flower border while the other side has a garden planted in a more formal style and displays a profusion of white roses and perennials inside clipped boxwood hedges.

After lunch we’ll visit Le Jardin Plume, a unique garden installed on the site of a former orchard. Owners Patrick and Sylvie Quibel have incorporated grasses and fine-textured perennials with more traditional and whimsical hedges to create a very interesting mixture of contemporary ideas with more traditional ones. They’ve designed it so that no matter when you visit, you’ll find something to enjoy, but we’ll get to see it in late summer, when the grasses and late summer perennials should be at their most magnificent.

In midafternoon we’ll return to Rouen for some free time and dinner on our own there.

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Day 7, Monday, August 14: JARDIN DE VALERIANES, MONET’S GARDENS AT GIVERNY

Jardin de Valerianes is the tale of two gardens: Traditional English cottage-style borders bursting with perennials, and a serene Asian-inspired garden complete with bamboo, cloud-pruned trees and a beautiful water garden. It’s the best of both worlds in one very charming private garden!

Our final garden in our time together is artist Claude Monet’s Gardens at Giverny. This garden also has two very different parts: The Flower Garden around the famous Grande Allee, and the equally famous Water Garden and Japanese Bridge. But there is much to explore on this 2½-acre property. And be sure to wander through the home and stroll through the village of Giverny.

Day 8, Tuesday, August 15: 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.

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

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PRICING

Tour price:

$5,195 (USD) per person, double occupancy

$6,145 (USD) per person, single occupancy

Tour price includes:

  • All 4-star hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts 3 lunches and 5 dinners, including tips
  • Admission to all gardens, including tips
  • Comfortable coach transport
  • 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 Charles de Gaulle Airport on 8/8/23 by 4 p.m. local time and depart from the same airport on or after 8/15/23.
  • Travel Insurance (required)
  • 3 lunches, 2 dinners, all drinks, including water, and snacks
  • Breakfast & lunch on arrival day, 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 20, 2023.

After June 20, 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 20 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.

August 8Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel

August 9-10Best Western Hotel Môderne

August 11-13BW Plus Hotel Dieppe 1880 Rouen

August 14Sheraton Paris Airport 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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 7 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 20, 2023.

Insurance:

Travel insurance is required in case you need to cancel your trip after June 20, 2023, 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 your travel insurance declarations page to Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate by June 20, 2023.

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

To make a reservation:

  1. Download the reservation form and email it to gardentravel@aimmedia.com or mail to:
    Garden Travel with Horticulture & Garden Gate
    2143 Grand Ave.
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    Reservation Form
  2. Make a deposit of $1,000 USD. You can do this here or by calling 800-341-4769.
    Pay Online

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

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

Note: After June 20, 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.

Payment details:

Deposit amount: $1,000 USD. Secure your reservation with a deposit here or by calling 800-341-4769

Full payment:
$5,195 (USD) per person, double occupancy
$6,145 (USD) per person, single occupancy
Pay Online

Note: For reservations made after June 20, 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 HOSTS

Sherri Ribbey

Sherri started gardening with her grandmother picking green beans, raspberries and strawberries as a child (all while avoiding the garter snakes that grandma preferred not to meet.) Those fond memories have led to many more in her 20+ years at Garden Gate. Meeting and talking with other gardeners is one of her favorite things to do, although exploring garden centers to find a few plants to bring home might is also at the top of that list!

Jack Coyier

In his 13 years at Garden Gate magazine, Jack Coyier has photographed some of the most beautiful gardens across the country and has come away inspired by the spirit and passion of the vast gardening community. Jack wants his imagery to enrich the gardening experience of the Garden Gate community and help gardeners achieve their dream gardens. When not on the road photographing, Jack spends time in his suburban garden with his wife, twin boys, a herd of deer and a smattering of rabbits.

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