2022 Programme

Our chosen destinations are Italy, France, Morocco and South Africa. The tour to Morocco has been extended to include more in-depth visits of the gardens of Taroudant.

We discover an eclectic range of well-designed gardens notable for their admirable structure and unusual plants. A real bonus is to meet the owners or head gardeners of private gardens to discuss their ideas and work. Touches of culture are added to our itineraries with visits to sites of historic interest. We are well known for our choice of charming hotels, mouth-watering menus and meticulous attention to detail.

  1. Morocco – Gardens of Marrakech, Taroudant & The Atlas Mountains

    22 – 30 March 2022

    Morocco is a country of contrasts: The buzz of the medina and exotic souks in Marrakech, hidden gardens that are oases of calm, long views to the mountains - and warm, hospitable people happy to share their history over a glass of mint tea.

    Our first hotel is near Taroudant, south of the Atlas Mountains: Dar al Hossoun is a riad guest house with an amazing garden designed by Eric Ossart and Arnaud Maurières, well-known French garden architects and designers. We discover a good selection of private gardens nearby and visit the beautiful villa and estate of the late Chilean artist Claudio Bravo...


  1. Italian Lakes – Spring Gardens around Lakes Como and Maggiore

    19 – 26 April 2022

    Concentrating on the wealth of beautiful gardens around Lakes Como and Maggiore, the tour offers a balance between interesting botanical gardens and those of classic Renaissance and later Italian style. The exuberant spring flowers are set against breath-taking scenery with many varieties of azalea, wisteria, cornus, and magnolia – a spectacular yellow variety is particularly eye-catching. At the northern end of Lake Maggiore we cross into Switzerland to visit the impressive Eisenhut Botanical Garden and Nursery. An insubric climate, acid soil and cold yet sunny winters enable the rich variety of plants found in the region to thrive...


  1. Secret Gardens of Venice and the Veneto

    16 – 21 May 2022

    A magical tour of gardens, staying in the centre of Venice in the superb, historic Hotel Palazzo Stern on the Grand Canal. Delightful gardens are hidden behind high walls on the Canal, on the Giudecca or down small canals on the islands in the extensive lagoon. We discover the special variety of artichoke grown on the island of Sant’Erasmo while enjoying a day on a ‘Bragozzo’ boat in the lagoon.

    The history and beauty of the Veneto region are complemented by the elegance of the formal gardens in Venice. We have chosen country gardens that harmonise with their villas and feature interesting structured designs. We discover the Brenta Canal where Venetians built their country houses in the seventeenth century, going on to Padua to visit the exceptionally beautiful University Botanical Garden, the oldest of its kind in Europe...


  1. Provence – Private Gardens of Leading Designers based in Hotel La Mirande, Avignon

    06 – 11 June 2022

    A particularly good selection of private gardens in Provence created by leading local landscape designers has been chosen for this tour. Those in the Luberon are influenced by the late Nicole de Vésian, who created her personal garden, La Louve, in Bonnieux. We visit an impressive Land Art garden near Eygalières at the foot of Les Alpilles designed by Alain David Idoux, a pupil of de Vésian. In addition we discover gardens created by Dominique Lafourcade, an influential designer from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence...

  1. Avignon – Cuisine, Markets and Gardens of Provence

    10 – 15 October 2022

    Our tour is centred on the tastes and flavours of Provence, a region famous for its lively and colourful weekly markets and mouth-watering local produce. We offer an irresistible blend of visits to producers and markets, and cooking demonstrations in the highly regarded kitchen of Hotel La Mirande.

    This is an exceptional opportunity to enjoy hands-on experience under the guidance of head chef Florent Pietravalle, recipient of a Michelin star. We have a wonderful insight into the secrets of the chef’s approach to Provençal cuisine, as well as a chance – as guests in the hotel – to taste a wide range of dishes based around fresh, seasonal produce...

  1. South Africa – The Western Cape – Exceptional Gardens and Private Reserves

    07 – 20 November 2022

    Our Western Cape tour combines beautiful gardens in springtime with the flora and wildlife in the spectacular hinterland of the Little Karoo and the mountainous coastline.
    The region has a Mediterranean climate, abundant sources of water, mostly acid soil and above all a rich indigenous flora. We visit exceptional gardens, of which some surround delightful Cape Dutch manor houses, while others are extensive plant collectors’ gardens, and yet others feature contemporary designs. Among the highlights are Kirstenbosch gardens, with a remarkable collection of indigenous plants laid out in a stunning location at the foot of the Table Mountain Range; and the recently created Babylonstoren, spectacular in both design and concept.

Numbers

We set a high priority on keeping groups to a comfortable size. Garden tours have a maximum of 16 participants.

In addition, tailor-made itineraries to Namibia and Botswana are offered for a minimum of 2 and up to 8 people, also accompanied by our expert guide, and cover 12 – 14 days. On request, we will adapt the programme to incorporate your particular interests.