For 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. Or 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.
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!
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?