Great English Gardens
& the Hampton Court
Palace Flower Show
A Pacific Horticulture Society tour
July 7-18, 2014   
Escorted by Greg Graves  
Limited to 24 guests

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Join us for a visit to the Gardens of England and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Hampton Court Palace provides a magnificent setting for a spectacular show featuring creative display
gardens, horticultural exhibits and vendors with the latest in quality gardening solutions.  England is
famous for its gardens. We have included a variety, from the vast stunning landscapes of Capability
Brown to small  cottage gardens where you might chat with the owners. Gardens to be visited include  
Sissinghurst Castle, Wisley, Great Dixter, John Brookes' Denmans, Hever Castle, Hampton Court
Palace, Hestercombe and more!

Monday July 7 Depart USA/Canada for London, England

Tuesday July 8   Arrive in London and make your way to the Pennyhill Park Luxury Hotel and Spa,
our home for the next five nights.  Set amongst 100 acres of rolling Surrey parkland and wonderfully
located between Ascot, Sunningdale and Wentworth & only 30 minutes from Heathrow airport, our
hotel offers everything from golf & tennis to superb dining and impeccable service.  Welcome Dinner
with wine at the hotel.

Wednesday July 9  After a leisurely breakfast,
we depart on our private motorcoach for an
exclusive private visit to
Bury Court garden,
one of Penelope Hobhouse’s favorites. The
courtyard garden was created by owner John
Coke in collaboration with Piet Oudolf, a famous
Dutch garden designer and a pioneer of the
New Perennial movement. The garden reflects
Oudolf's passion and exuberant style. The
naturalistic garden contains ornamental
grasses and unusual hardy perennials.  The
front garden, designed by leading minimalist Christopher Bradley-Hole, was added later. Providing a
contrast to the courtyard garden, this garden is designed around a formal grid pattern of rusted steel-
edged beds and gravel paths  planted with swathes of tall grasses mixed with carefully selected
flowering perennials to create a meadow feel. At its tranquil heart is a reflective pool and simple but
innovative seating area.  Later we travel to nearby
Wisley.  The flagship garden of the Royal
Horticultural Society, Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose
gardens and state-of-the-art Glasshouse. Gifted to the Society in 1903, Wisley has evolved over time
into a world-class garden.  In the trials fields, the finest flowers and vegetables are identified from the
countless new introductions. Cultivation techniques are tried and tested, and a series of model
gardens answers the needs of a variety of conditions and circumstances. We will have lunch in Wisley’
s cafe and free time to explore the gift shop housing one of Britain’s finest collections of horticultural
books as well as related gift items.
Breakfast, Lunch

Thursday July 10 Today we will have a chance
to stroll through
Chipping Campden, a perfectly
preserved Cotswold village, built in the typical
Cotswold honey-colored stone.  We will have
free time in the village for lunch or shopping.
Our day includes a visit to
Sezincote, an
extraordinary Indian house built in the Mogul
style set within a romantic water garden. There
is a curving Orangery framing the “Persian Garden to Paradise”.  We will be intrigued by the inviting
pools, waterfalls, grotto, and a temple to the Hindu Sun God. Next we tour
Broughton Castle, a
spectacular moated and fortified 14th century manor house set in exquisite parkland. Walls are built
of the rich local Hornton ironstone containing beautiful mixed borders planted in yellow, cream, blue
and grey with variegated foliage.  The core of the house was built in 1306 and the gatehouse in the
early fifteenth century, but most of what we see today dates from the 1550’s.

Friday July 11    After breakfast, we depart for a full day at the Royal Horticultural Society Hampton
Court Palace
Flower Show, where the exquisite beauty of one of Britain’s greatest flower shows is
combined with all the fun and excitement of a spectacular summer festival.   Hands-on inspiration is at
the heart of the event. Discover a mix of glorious show gardens with a wealth of opportunities to see
planting and country crafts close up; fine dining with dazzling floral displays and all things 'grow-your-
own'. Enjoy live music with fabulous shopping, fashion and food.  A unique day in a truly majestic
setting. Dinner is included at Pennyhill this evening.
Breakfast, Dinner

Saturday July 12   Following breakfast at the hotel,
we’ll depart on our private motorcoach for
Manor Garden, an Arts and Crafts garden in the
north Cotswolds.  Created by the talented American
horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston, its colorful
and intricately designed outdoor rooms are always
full of surprises.   Explore the maze of narrow paved
pathways and discover secret gardens, magnificent
vistas and plants that burst with color. Many of the
plants found growing in the garden were collected
from Johnston’s many plant hunting trips to faraway
places.  We’ll meander across the road for a visit to
Kiftsgate Court Gardens, spectacularly set on the
edge of the Cotswold escarpment.  The story of
Kiftsgate is the story of three generations of women
gardeners: Heather Muir, Diany Binny and Anne Chambers. Each in her unique way has contributed
throughout almost a century to making Kiftsgate the world renowned garden that visitors and
gardeners alike have grown to know and love.   Of special note is Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’. This rose,
claimed to be the largest in England, produces huge growth each year and three trees have been
smothered by its spreading habit. In early to mid July it is a remarkable sight when it is covered in
panicles of white blooms and resembles a cascading waterfall amongst the trees. Lunch is included in
Kiftsgate’s charming tearoom.
Breakfast, lunch

Sunday July 13   After breakfast we check out of Pennyhill Park Hotel and make our way to
Stourhead, a Palladian mansion and world-famous landscape garden.   When Stourhead first opened
in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden
has at its centerpiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and
exotic trees. The mansion is set amid ‘picnic perfect’ lawns and extensive parkland.  We will explore
the huge estate where chalk downs, ancient woods and farmland are managed for wildlife. After our
visit we check into the
Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe. The village is breathtakingly situated in
Wiltshire on the outskirts of Bath. Untouched since the 17th century, this charming Cotswold village is
the definitive country retreat and location of the Manor House Hotel---our home for 2 nights. We will
enjoy a typical British Sunday lunch, the very heart of British food and cooking. It is the main meal of
the day and time for families or friends to get together and share good food.After lunch we will have a
brief guided walk through the hotel’s peaceful gardens.
Breakfast, Sunday Lunch

Monday July 14  Following a hearty breakfast, we travel south to Hestercombe. This great Edwardian
masterpiece was designed by  
Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens just before World War I. There are
fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, tranquil woodland walks, formal terraces, vivid colors and
views that take your breath away.   Hestercombe is a unique combination of three centuries of garden
design: Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace, and the stunning Edwardian garden
design. All have undergone acclaimed restoration works and today provide important examples of
gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop.  Later we visit
Chiffchaffs Garden in
north Dorset owned by Mr & Mrs Potts who also run the small nursery next to it.The woodland garden
has been lovingly developed over many years from scratch and is pleasant to wander through on a
warm day. The cottage garden which surrounds the 400 year old cottage is packed with color. There
are roses, herbaceous borders, rhododendrons. It is cleverly split into several 'garden rooms' which
gives the garden an atmospheric feel.  Our last stop of the day is Sweetbriar Cottage where we are
invited for tea and cake.  The cottage walled garden was restored in 2006, visitors are amazed that
such a large garden can exist within a town center location. There are low box-edged herbaceous
borders planted to encourage wildlife, slate paths, organic vegetables, a large collection of roses,
ornamentals, and fruit trees.  

Tuesday  July 15   After breakfast, we check out of our
hotel and visit the medieval city of Winchester and its
magnificent cathedral dating from 1079.  We continue
traveling east to
Denmans Garden in Arundel.  The
garden was started in 1946 and for the last 30 years
run by well-known garden designer and author, John
Brookes. Denmans is quite unlike any other garden in
Britain, its display is not only to do with flower color, but
also foliage form and textures.  Although the garden is
small in size, its layout is such that the visitor enjoys
many small areas within the main garden.   This garden
gem is studded with pieces of statuary, well-designed
pots, and lovely seating areas.  It is a garden full of ideas to take home, which can then be interpreted
within smaller garden spaces.   We will enjoy an introduction by the head gardener or John, if he is in
town.  Our lodging for the next 3 nights is the
South Lodge Country House Hotel. This magnificent
country house hotel in Horsham, West Sussex, is set among acres of woodland and parkland. One of
the finest luxury hotels in England, South Lodge has recently had a stylish remodeling and is now a
five-star country house hotel.   

Wednesday July 16  Today the morning is free to relax and enjoy the lovely ambiance of the hotel.
Perhaps a game of tennis, croquet or time to wander and explore South Lodge’s stunning grounds.
Our first visit of the day is to
Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. The legendary poet and writer Vita
Sackville-West and her diplomat and author husband, Harold Nicolson, began the transformation of
the land at Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s. Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms, and
the vibrant planting by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings. The White
Garden and Rose Garden will be stunning in July. Late afternoon we have been invited by Fergus
Garrett for a glass of wine and an exclusive, private visit to
Great Dixter, the family home of gardener
and gardening writer
Christopher Lloyd.  It was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm that fueled
over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus  and the Great Dixter
Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a center of education, and a place of
pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

Thursday July 17  Following breakfast at the hotel, we depart
Hever Castle and Gardens.  The oldest part of the castle
dates to 1270 and consisted of the gatehouse and a walled
bailey. In the early 1500s the Bullen family bought the castle
and added a Tudor dwelling within the walls and it became the
childhood home of its most famous inhabitant, Anne Boleyn.
It later passed into the ownership of Henry’s fourth wife, Anne
of Cleves. In 1903 William Waldorf Astor invested time, money
and imagination in restoring the Castle, building the ’Tudor
Village’ and creating the gardens and lake. Our day continues
with a visit to
Penshurst Place gardens. The gardens are
considered some of England’s most beautiful, and also the
oldest, dating from 1346. There is a formal walled garden, ponds,
fountains and one mile of yew hedges dividing the garden into a
series of rooms. In July the white and grey gardens, lavender,
and 2000 roses should be at their peak. We will have free time
for lunch and last minute shopping in
Royal Tunbridge Wells.
The spa town’s pretty colonnaded walkway known as the Pantiles
was once  the playground of royalty.   It’s a fun place to browse,
shop, eat, drink and stroll.  
Breakfast, Dinner

Friday July 18    After breakfast at the hotel, depart for your journey home or perhaps continue your
travel in the UK, Ireland, Europe, or beyond. South Lodge Hotel is located about 25 minutes from
London Gatwick Airport and 1 1/4 hours from Heathrow.  A complimentary transfer will be offered this
morning to arrive Heathrow terminal 3 by 9am.   Guests wishing to arrive Heathrow earlier or later than
9am or departing from Gatwick will need to coordinate their own transportation.  The hotel staff will be
happy to assist with arrangements for private transportation to either airport.  Farewell!   

Based on a minimum of 15 guests: $4495.00 per person for members of Pacific Horticulture Society,
$4545 for non-members.  Single supplement:  $795.00

•        10 nights select accommodations, all rooms fully en suite
•        Hotel taxes and service charges
•        10  breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
•        Deluxe private coaches and top drivers
•        Top local guides
•        All sightseeing and entrances as per the itinerary
•        Airport transfers
•        Deluxe portfolio of documents
•        Escorted by Gregory Graves
•        Donation of $250 to Pacific Horticulture Society

•        Airfare
•        Travel insurance
•        Passports

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