Garden Travel: Past Trips & Tours - 2017


2017 Trips & Tours

Gardens of Savannah & Charleston”
April 22-29, 2017

Springtime and Southern hospitality in two of the country’s loveliest garden cities were the focus of this tour.  Horticulture and gardening are important to both these communities which is reflected in their many public gardens, intimate private gardens and historic plantations. 

"Bonjour Normandie!" The Ultimate Tour of Northern France, Part 1
June 24-July 6, 2017

Magnificent coastline, verdant interior, good food, quaint towns and great gardens converge in Normandy. Situated across the channel from England, this region shares a similar climate and terrain. The English garden style and French garden style intermingle.  This extensive tour of Normandy featured the region’s finest gardens and chateaux. Visits included historical sites from Norman times to Joan-of-Arc to D-day, a Calvados distillery, a camembert cheese museum, and the Fêtes Medieval in Bayeux. 

"Bonjour Bretagne!" The Ultimate Tour of Northern France, Part 2
July 5-16, 2017

Situated on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic, Brittany’s mountainous and forested land is steeped in its Celtic roots, complete with its own language, Breton, still spoken in many parts today. Beyond gardens, this cultural odyssey included: prehistoric megalith sites, a faïence pottery factory, châteaux and medieval fortified towns, the Fêtes Historique in Vannes, Bastille Day celebrations and a day on Belle-ile-en-mer, France’s “Beautiful Island in the Sea”.

“Gardening to Land’s End: Cornwall & Devon”
July 22-August 4, 2017

This tour featured a bit of Somerset, but really highlighted the gardens and history of Devon and Cornwall.  From wild moorlands to sheltered cottage gardens, this corner of Britain has a mix of garden styles and climates. Travelers experienced the wonder of the Eden Project biomes, the magic of Tresco Abbey and the charm of the Arts & Crafts manor gardens tucked along the south coast.  There was time to explore charming Devonshire and Cornish towns including Exeter, Falmouth and St Ives.

Portugal's Horticultural Treasures: Sintra, Cascais, and the island of Madeira
November 9-17, 2017

This nine-day, eight-night tour explores Cascais and Sintra on the Portuguese Rivera, and the volcanic slopes of the island of Madeira, with its unique flora and fauna. You’ll be astounded by the natural beauty, horticultural diversity and stunning gardens of these locales, including three UNESCO World Heritage sites. This expert-guided, fully escorted tour also includes time for independent discovery. Click here for a brochure describing the full tour and itinerary.