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February 13, 2014

Mike & Frank's Quintessential English Garden Tour

Click here for our 2016 English Garden Tour

This is it. Frank and I have been planning this trip for 2 years. We're hosting a small group to a journey through the development of the renown English Garden. That fantastic place where nature and art collide.

We will visit 15 gardens including: Hampton Court Flower and Garden Show, Rodmarton Manor, Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate, Rousham, East Lambrook Manor, Tintinhull, Stourhead, Hestercombe, Westbury Court, Iford Manor, The Courts, Broughton Grange and Great Fosters.
Housing accommodations provided in a Cotswold Cottage with swimming pool, private garden and BBQ. Three meals a day provided by local cooks, local pubs or restaurants.

Tour Price:
$3000 for single in shared room with shared bathroom.
$3350 for single in double bed with own bathroom.

View the Term & Conditions.

Based on a minimum of 6 guests, maximum 8 guests. This is a walking tour and requires good mobility and stamina.

Price includes:

• 7 nights in uniquely English Cottage near Highgrove House with heated swimming pool.
• 3 daily meals catered by local cook or restaurant.
• 2 Private vehicles
• Hosted by Frank Eddy & Michael Collins
• Admission fee per itinerary
• Printed guide with history of gardens.

Price does NOT INCLUDE:
• Airfare
• Alcohol
• Travel insurance
• Airport connections

Your Hosts:

Frank Eddy - New American Gardens
Michael Collins- Mike's Urban Garden

Garden Itinerary

July 11-18, 2014 - Small intimate group of up to 8 guests along with 2 hosts.

Friday July 11 - Meet at Hampton Court Train Station @ 10am.
Hampton Court Flower and Garden Show: Displaying contemporary garden design and new plant introductions. Hampton Court is the oldest Baroque garden and counterpart to Versailles and Het Loo.

After the flower show, we drive through the western counties of England and check into Cottage with dinner at the local pub.

Saturday July 12 -
Rodmarton Manor: An original Arts and Crafts garden in its time and has retained a great part of its character today.
Westbury Court: The last remaining Dutch inspired English garden recently renovated my the National Trust to its original design.

Sunday July 13 -
Iford Manor: Designer Harold Peto created this Italianate garden while he lived there from 1899-1933.
The Courts: A delightful English country garden full of well defined compartments, topiaries & hedges.

Monday July 14 -
Hidcote Manor: Arts and Crafts garden created by American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston. This garden is renown for it plant selection and cultivars named for Hidcote and Johnston.
Kiftsgate: Started in the Arts and Crafts style this garden also contains contemporary elements with abstract modern pieces. Some say this garden is the feminine to the masculine Hidcote across the alley.

Hidcote Manor


Tuesday July 15 -
East Lambrook Manor: Cottage Garden. Margery Fish created this garden in the 1950's. A lean time for the English. There was no one to hire nor was there any money to employ help. One became their garden labour.
Hestercombe: Art and Crafts garden by Gertrude Jekyll restored by original drawings and plant listing in the 1980's. To this day the best living example of her work. More on the history of Hestercombe.

East Lambrook Manor


Wednesday July 16 -
Rousham: Excellent example of the transitioning of gardening styles from the Continental to English Landscape Garden. Great example of the early use of 'Eye Catchers' and the HaHa.
Broughton Grange: The garden origins begin with in the Victorian Era but most recently viewed as one of the best contemporary gardens in England. Landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith's used the New Perennials plant palette blending into the traditional English border.

Thursday July 17 -
Stourhead: English Landscape. Arguably the best example of the English Landscape style but was not created by the renown landscape designer Capability Brown but by banker Howard Hoare.
Tintinhull: Arts and Crafts garden with contemporary compartments.


Friday, July 18 -
Farewell brunch at the Great Fosters. Returning to Heathrow Airport and Waterloo train terminal for the next part of your journey.


Getting to Hampton Court Train Station:

By train
35 minutes from London Waterloo - calling at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Malden, Berrylands, Surbiton and Thames Ditton before arriving at Hampton Court

By bus
Bus routes: 111*, 216*, 411*, 461, R68, 267*, 513.

From London airports
From Heathrow Airport - take the 111 bus.
From Gatwick Airport - take a train from the airport station to Clapham Junction and change to the Hampton Court train.
From City Airport - take the Docklands Light Railway to Canning Town and then the Jubilee Line to Waterloo. Catch the Hampton Court train from there.

By taxi
Visitors arriving by taxi may drop off at the gates. There is a mini-cab firm at Hampton Court station for those wishing to go home by taxi or are heading to Heathrow or Gatwick Airports.

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