If you love roses and perennials, high summer is the very best time of year to tour the gardens of England. This summer, we hope you'll consider joining us on a wonderful trip that's been custom-designed to our specifications by Expo Garden Tours. We'll be visiting public and private gardens in England's beautiful Southeast, with a focus on the Bath area, which encompasses Somerset, Wiltshire and Avon. We have timed this tour so you can also spend a full day at the world-famous Hampton Court Flower Show!
Like our Chelsea Flower Show tour in May, this tour has been designed by and for gardeners! You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable British guide, as well as a host from Gardener's Supply, and will receive lots of personal attention (limit is 25 participants). All accommodations and travel arrangements have been arranged, so you can expect to enjoy a trip that's both comfortable and hassle-free.
Reservations and logistics for this trip, as with our others, are being handled by Expo Garden Tours. Expo is the leading garden tour company in North America, with 19 years of experience leading private garden tours all over the world. Owners Michael and Cindy Italiaander are enthusiastic gardeners themselves and personally scout out all of the destinations for their tours. We have worked closely with them to create this exclusive tour especially for Gardener's Supply customers.
Our summer tour begins with departure from the U.S. on Saturday, June 30. After arriving in Bristol on Sunday morning, you will transfer a short distance to the wonderful City of Bath for the next four nights. The first afternoon features a guided sightseeing tour of this ancient Roman city that will include the Roman Baths and The Bath Abbey, followed by a welcome dinner celebration at Crowe Hall, a lovely private Regency Style home with gardens that overlook the city of Bath. Other wonderful gardens that you will see during your time in the Bath area include Hestercombe House Gardens, Cothay Manor Garden, Longstock Water Gardens, Mottisfont Abbey, Abbey House Gardens, Bolehyde Manor, and Ridleys Cheer. En route to London for the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, you'll also visit two great private gardens: West Green House and Upton Grey Manor. We've also reserved an afternoon at Wisley, the Royal Horticultural Society's largest public garden.
Once in London, we'll visit the spectacular Hampton Court Flower Show, which is now the world's largest annual gardening event! You'll see a multitude of fabulous designer display gardens, the floral marquees, festival of roses, botanical art, windowbox and hanging basket displays, horticultural sundries and much, much more. You will return to the U.S. on July 7 with great memories and lots of new ideas and inspiration for your own gardens!
Your hostess for this tour will be Kathy LaLiberte, a founding member of Gardener's Supply, and the company's Director of Gardening. Kathy is a knowledgeable horticulturist and was the hostess on our 2005 and 2006 tours. Your tour guide, Hilary Smith, has lead garden tours all over the world, and is an invaluable source of information about gardening, history, and the natural world. She will handle all of the trip logistics and along the way, will share her insightful and uniquely British perspective on every destination.
For details on the trip, please see the complete itinerary
. Space is limited to 25 participants, so we encourage you to respond early to avoid disappointment - the registration deadline is April 12, 2007. For more information, please call Expo Garden Tours directly at 800-448-2685 or e-mail them at email@example.com.
We hope that you consider joining us for high summer in the gardens of England and at the Hampton Court Flower Show.
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