Garden Tours

Date published: 07 Nov 17

RHS Garden Harlow CarrFor those with a horticultural bent and a desire to travel, how about taking an escorted tour to explore some of the finest gardens in the world? The Royal Horticultural Society Director General, Sue Biggs, says "whether you are a complete novice or an experienced horticulturalist, travel is an incredibly rich source of inspiration. From seeing different styles of planting and garden design associated with the country you are visiting or enjoying native plants in their natural setting, there is a whole world of horticulture just waiting to be enjoyed."

Silver Travel Advisor is delighted to be partnered with Brightwater Holidays who offer horticultural-themed tours in the UK and Europe - and way beyond - escorted by some of the finest experts in their field.

Europe has long been the home of many stunning gardens, some attached to architecturally important chateaux, houses and palaces. Brightwater Holidays could take you to Monet's garden at Giverny, the gorgeous gardens of the French Riviera, the castles, palaces and gardens of Andalucia with trips to Granada, Cordoba and Seville included or the magnificent gardens and villas of the Italian lakes where stays on Lake Como and Lake Maggiore are among the delights of the itinerary. Gardens of the Italian LakesOr perhaps the gardens of Madeira with their fabulous, unique plants, are for you. And then again, you could immerse yourself in the glorious gardens of Rome, travelling to some of the finest examples of grand design. 

And there’s a new programme of Secret Garden departures spread across Britain and beyond - your invitation to uncover hidden horticultural gems in the Loire, Aberdeenshire, Snowdonia, Highgrove and the Cotswolds and Northern Ireland. All of them fascinating
opportunities to visit the places others don’t see and speak with the green-fingered experts and enthusiasts who created them - just be sure to close the gate behind you!

Further afield lie the rainforests of Costa Rica, the seasonal gardens of Japan, the palaces and gardens of India and the gardens and wildflowers of South Africa.

The joy of an escorted tour is that all the hard work is done for you, which leaves more time for getting the most out of the experience, with expert guides adding invaluable knowledge to enhance your trip and one-off meetings with exceptional horticulturists adding extra insights along the way. In many cases, you may have the opportunity to visit places the independent tourist cannot access. Hotels are booked, luggage transported, meals arranged and entrance fees paid - what could be better?

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  • cathisherwood
    over 4 years ago
    You dont have to spend a fortune to visit interesting gardens.
    We have just visited the Botanical Garden of Wales.
    What a great surprise - and very cheap as we used Tesco vouchers for entry.
    Almost like the Eden Project, lots of interesting plants and exhibitions - I loved the many embroideries depicting medicinal plants.
    On the day we visited a Red Kite was visiting as part of the falconry display - delighted to be able to see one of these birds close enough to touch
    Highly reccommended
  • Jenny-Lunn
    over 4 years ago
    I would love to go on a Garden Tour, but as previously stated they do tend to be very expensive. A few years ago my husband and I did go on a short visit to the flower show at Courson in Northern France which was absolutely delightful. The tour included a trip to Paris in the evening, and to Monet's Garden at Giverny the following day. It was a memorable trip and I would love to repeat it sometime. The RHS tours look delightful but a bit out of reach for us poor souls on a pension!

    A big disappointment was that we booked a garden tour to Thailand some years ago (when we were both working full time) and it was cancelled due to lack of support. This was not a RHS tour and I can't remember who it was with, but we were both terribly disappointed and now it is very doubtful whether we would be able to go on a similar tour (except, of course, if we win the Lottery!!).
  • pipsqueak48
    over 4 years ago
    I found the article about Garden Tours very interesting as I love visiting gardens both here and abroad. I also found the ones mentioned to be very expensive but am sure with a little research, some cheaper alternatives could be found.
    Some years ago now, my friend and I spent a lovely weekend in Rutland here in UK on a coach tour of which the highlight was a day at Barnsdale, Geoff Hamilton's wonderful garden. He had just passed away and we wanted to pay our respects to his family by visiting, as he was a big favourite of ours. We had a great day which we still talk about now.
    Whilst abroad on a cruise round the Canaries we did a varied Gardens Tour round Grand Canaria and visited the Botanical gardens, a Cactus Garden and another which had tropical plants and orchids in abundance and a lovely wine tasting with nibbles on a sunny balcony at the end of it and certainly wasn't expensive.
    Happy memories ,lovely gardens
  • Shscc_1
    over 4 years ago
    Simply stunning - what a fabulous idea! I adore visiting gardens, and really enjoy getting inspiration for things to do in my own garden. This would be the perfect holiday for me!
  • juneski
    over 4 years ago
    I agree with the previous poster. The holidays seem very expensive indeed. If you are interested in gardening look no closer than home. There are some lovely gardens to see in the UK. I had a lovely holiday in Cornwall taking in Eden and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.... can't beat it!
  • PamN
    over 4 years ago
    Good to read about Garden Tours. I'd be really interested in going on one, but, having looked at various brochures, they seem very expensive!