• English Private Gardens & Hampton Court Flower Show

    English Private Gardens & Hampton Court Flower Show

    A spectacular tour with visits to private gardens, famous gardens, RHS Wisley and the crown jewel of the trip, the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

English Private Gardens & Hampton Court Flower Show

Tour Dates: July 2 to 7, 2022 (5 nights)


Day 1

Saturday, 2 July 2022

Departure from central London and head into the 'Garden of England.' Begin with a private garden visit, benefiting from springs in their land, the owners have created ponds whose banks are flowered by primroses. Large expanses of grass are surrounded by mixed borders. The garden also has a vegetable patch. Continue to another private garden situated next to an 11th century church, the proprietors will guide us through their forty-acre walled garden which consists of two parts. Benefiting from the southern exposure, cheerful mixed borders surround the lawn. Then, a wooded space with a romantic atmosphere presents a collection of shade plants. Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2

Sunday, 3 July 2022

The first visit will be to Great Dixter whose world-famous garden is the work of Christopher Lloyd - an astonishing wooden mansion straight from the Middle Ages around which spaces had been created by Edwin Lutyens, the great English architect of the 20th century. Christopher Lloyd, without the slightest fear of upsetting what could have been considered a real monument, reshaped the garden in his own way and in doing so has has inspired generations of gardeners who, like him, have planted flowerbeds bursting with colour. Next stop is Sissinghurst Castle Garden a small walled garden planted only with plants with foliage and white flowers. Finish today with a visit to Merriments Gardens, situated next to a garden center, where the winding paths allow you to discover a multitude of flowerbeds. The idea is to present the plants in the catalogue in situ. Gardeners can thus see mature plants with their shapes, colours and scents, all of which is impossible to imagine when buying young plants in small pots. Not only do the plantations offer combinations of shapes and colours, but they also explore new landscaping ideas. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3

Monday, 4 July 2022

Visit the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Wisley Garden. One day is barely enough to discover all the facets of this place of inspiration and reference which continues to evolve. Not only are all the facets of a garden present, from the vegetable garden to the rock garden, including orchards, greenhouses, rose gardens, collections of alpine plants, flower meadows by Piet Oudolf, shrub beds, plants aromatic, but we must also observe the techniques used by gardeners. The plant diversity makes it possible to get to know many plants. Wisley also includes a collection of large tropical greenhouses and the plots where varieties of perennials or vegetables are tested for the award of the AGM (Award of Garden Merit) for the best plants. Afternoon visit to Great Comp Garden; home to one of the finest collections of sage in Europe. Surrounded by a 17th century manor house, the garden which spans 2.8 hectares was created in the 1960s by a couple of plant enthusiasts, Joyce and Roderick Cameron. They transformed an old farm into a course full of surprises with an Italian garden, flower beds where grasses play a big role, and much more. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Pashley Manor Garden and Bateman's. Pashley Manor is first of all a superb Tudor house with a wooden structure, built around 1550 and then extended in the 18th century. In 1981 it was purchased by the current owners, who with the help of a landscaper, undertook to renovate the property and gradually redevelop the gardens surrounding the manor. Today visitors enjoy the walled vegetable garden, rose garden, statues collections, croquet pitch and views of the English countryside. Afternoon visit to Bateman's - Kipling roses: In the hedged countryside of East Sussex, there is a river, a watermill and a footpath that winds among wildflowers and ornamental shrubs. This landscaped wedding is the antechamber of Bateman's, the property where famous Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling lived. It was Kipling who arranged the rose garden and its fountain as well as the large pond. He also had the hedges planted, drawing the resting spot himself, sheltered from the winds. This is where Kipling notably wrote his famous poem "If". Visit a nearby village where some inhabitants will open the doors of their private gardens to us. During the walk, we will discover charming spaces and we will enjoy a particularly warm welcome. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Hampton Court Flower Show: The highlight of the trip! A whole day will be devoted to visiting this gardening fair, which is among the most beautiful in the world. In the park surrounding the palace where Henry VIII gathered his court. Creations by landscapers, contemporary or more classic, give the impression of being there for a long time, so careful is the staging of the plants, lawns and structures. Nurserymen don't just display their plants in boxes placed on the ground, as is the practice at our plant fairs. They create beds where their specialties are staged. Also, worth seeing is the huge marquee where the nursery collections are presented. Another capital brings together the roses; a third is devoted to floral decoration. The fair, which also brings together exhibitors of tools, greenhouses and decorative objects, is an opportunity to imitate the good habits of English visitors. They sit down on the lawn to enjoy a tall glass of Pimm's. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Thursday, 7 July 2022

One last visit will give us all the quintessence of the English garden in Kent. We will be welcomed by the owner of her 2-hectare private property, surrounded by old trees. Such an area offers a place for wildlife with a flowery meadow rich in a wide diversity of native plants. The superbly pruned hazelnut orchard allows a good production of hazelnuts. In perennial beds, the owner a long-time flowerer, gradually improved colour combinations. Remarkably maintained, the garden multiplies the points of view with its raised basin, its flowerbeds surrounded by low hedges, its sculptures, its brick pillars. The secret of vegetal luxuriance? A generous supply of compost over the years. Return to London.

Slideshow: Hampton Court Flower Show © RHS Neil Hepworth

Image to the right of the tour: High Garden, Great Dixter

  • This was the perfect tour, I learnt so much and the private gardens really were hidden gems - thank you!

Included in the tour

  • 5 Nights Dinner Bed and Breakfast in a 4 star Hotel
  • Guide and Motor coach
  • hampton court flower show
  • visits to a collection of private gardens
  • Entrance fees to: Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Merriments, RHS Wisley, Great Comp, Pashley Manor, Bateman's
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