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21 June – 6 July 2018

See an England in early summer, up to its knees in wildflowers with roses
smothering ancient walls and hedgerows. Gardens on this new tour have been
selected for their display of roses by tour leader Sandra Ross with the finale at
RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Rest in deluxe accommodation.
Thursday 21 June 2018
Sydney – Newcastle UK

Meet your tour leader Sandra Ross in the departure lounge Sydney Overseas Terminal ready to board our flight to Newcastle UK via London. Or make your own arrangements and meet up at our hotel in Newcastle.

Friday 22 June 2018
Newcastle (D)

Meet up with our local guide and our coach at Newcastle and transfer to our hotel, Jesmond Dene House, located ten minutes to the north of Newcastle city centre. It overlooks the wooded valley of Jesmond Dene, the famous green lung of Jesmond, one of the city’s most attractive residential areas.

Accommodation: Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

Saturday 23 June 2018
Alnwick Castle (B)

We are heading to the land of kings, the spectacular Northumbrian landscape to visit Alnwick Castle of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland with one of the most exciting new gardens to be undertaken over the past 100 years. The present Duke, Ralph, is the twelfth Duke of Northumberland. This splendid castle is a blend of medieval and Italian Renaissance styles embellished with works of art, furniture and fine china. There will be a guided tour of the castle before lunch and then we’ll explore the series of gardens. With summer come towering blue delphiniums in the Ornamental Garden and the Rose Garden is swathed in honeysuckle and clematis with 3000 roses filling the garden with scent. There’s the Cherry Orchard, Grand Cascade, Bamboo Labyrinth, the Serpent Garden and Poison Garden.

Accommodation: Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

Sunday 24 June 2018
Newcastle – York (B)

We are heading south to York today with two landmark gardens on the way. The first is Wynyard Hall with its Walled Garden home to 3,000 David Austin roses, floribundas and climbing roses to the statement English rose, with companion perennials looking fine at this time.
Gardens here were first developed in 1822 with gently curved flowerbeds, raised terrace walks, irregularly shaped shrubberies and winding paths to form beautiful shapes within the landscape.
In 1987 Wynyard Estate was sold to Sir John Hall, who embarked on an £8.5m renovation programme, restoring the hall and parkland to its former glory. In 2008, with a further £3.5 million investment, his daughter Allison turned Wynyard Hall into the four-star country house hotel that it is now. We will explore the gardens and the hotel public rooms, maybe have lunch on the terrace overlooking the lake.
As we head towards York this afternoon we will stop at Scampston Hall to see the Walled Garden, a stunningly beautiful contemporary garden, quite unlike any other. Designed by the renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf, it’s a modern, perennial meadow planting alongside more traditional areas.
Set within the 18th century walls of the original kitchen garden, today the Walled Garden has an exciting and unashamedly modern feel and complements the adjacent 18th century ‘Capability’ Brown parkland.
Travel into York and check in to the sophisticated Grand Hotel and Spa located inside the medieval city wall with views of The Minster.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel & Spa, York

Monday 25 June 2018
Castle Howard(B)

We will revisit Brideshead today when we arrive at Castle Howard in its sublime location in the Howardian Hills. The Howards have lived continuously in this house since the beginning of the 18th century with just one brief interlude when it became a girls’ school in World War 11. We will explore the gardens; the Walled Garden once the Kitchen Garden, rose garden, cut flower garden and potager. We’ll see the Mausoleum, the Pyramid, Temple of the Four Winds and the New River bridge.
After lunch we will travel back to York with the afternoon free. For a great view of the beautiful Gothic Cathedral, York Minster, take a walk along the city wall that follows the old Roman wall.


Accommodation: Grand Hotel & Spa, York

Tuesday 26 June 2018
York – Birmingham(B/D)

We are travelling to Birmingham today stopping in Stoke on Trent to visit Trentham Gardens. The Italian Garden here has been revived into what is now recognised as the largest display of perennial plantings in Europe. It’s a labyrinth of colourful flowering perennials in 70 flower beds that capture dramatic views down the garden to the lake. Flanked either side by the long borders, prairie plantings of Piet Oudolf, is the formal upper garden, a rainbow of iris, a 100m rose border and a meadow. Rivers of grass reach their peak in October.
Stoke on Trent is affectionately known as ‘The Potteries’ because of its rich industrial heritage of ceramics. ‘World of Wedgwood’ is our next stop where we can admire superb craftsmanship and learn about Josiah Wedgwood who founded Wedgwood in 1759.
Travel into Birmingham and settle into our hotel for the next three nights.


Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Birmingham

Wednesday 27 June 2018
David Austin Roses (B)

We’re travelling to Albrighton, Shropshire today to David Austin Rose Nursery to learn about growing roses and ways of using them creatively in the garden. This garden is a showcase for many of the marvellous roses bred by David Austin.
Over 700 different varieties of roses are planted in the garden which is divided into a number of smaller spaces, each with its own style. The overall concept is to enclose the exuberant and informal growth of the roses within neatly clipped evergreen hedges.
Time for a coffee stop then back into Birmingham to Winterbourne Botanic Garden. Built for John and Margaret Nettlefold in 1903, Winterbourne is an English Edwardian house with an ‘Arts and Crafts’ garden.
An optional cruise later this afternoon on the canals of Birmingham to learn about the history of this fascinating city and see restored industrial heritage buildings and modern developments like the Cube. Overnight Birmingham

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Birmingham

Thursday 28 June 2018
Coughton Court(B/L)

Its rose festival time at Coughton Court, the home that Clare McLaren-Throckton inherited in 1992. Together with her daughter and garden designer Christina Williams, they created a series of gardens of which this beautiful old English Tudor Country House can be proud.
Recognised as one of the finest rose gardens in the world and situated within the Walled Garden, the Rose Labyrinth has over 200 different varieties of shrub, climbing and rambling roses which include Damasks, Albas, Teas & Noisettes, Floribundas and many old-fashioned English Roses. They grow in mixed borders with herbaceous under-planting including hardy geraniums, violets and achilleas. In 2006, The World Federation of Rose Societies awarded Coughton Court the ‘Award of Garden Excellence’, the first British garden ever to receive this honour.
All about Shakespeare this afternoon at Stratford on Avon. The Shakespeare Centre is headquarters of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust that opened in 1964 and houses the library, documents and collections which attract scholars from all over the world. It’s a short walk to Shakespeare’s birthplace and childhood home and to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Overnight Birmingham
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Birmingham

Friday 29 June 2018
Mottisfont Abbey (B/D)

The holy grail for lovers of the rose, Mottisfont Abbey is our destination today. The old Kitchen Garden is now The Rose Garden where Graham Thomas saved rare rose species from extinction. With an artist’s eye and consummate knowledge, he designed a garden in 1970 that would combine roses with a mix of perennials to give a season-long display. This garden has now matured and become the hallmark for rose garden design. It’s home to the National Collection of pre-1900 old-fashioned roses, which reach peak flower in June. Unlike modern species, old-fashioned roses tend to flower just once a year, so their full summer blooming is an extraordinary annual sight.
A gateway set in sunny rose-covered wall leads to the first rose garden, with deep box-lined borders full of rambling and climbing roses and clematis trained on the high brick wall behind. The main paths crossing the site converge on a central round pond and fountain, surrounded by eight clipped Irish yews. Either side of this central pathway are two deep herbaceous flower beds boasting many of Graham Stuart Thomas’s favourite perennials, chosen for their structure, scent and wide colour palette. Settle into The Red Lion Hotel in mediaeval Salisbury for the next two nights.
Accommodation: The Red Lion Hotel, Salisbury

DAY 10
Saturday 30 June 2018
Chitchester (B/L)

We are travelling across to Singleton near Chichester this morning to see a fascinating collection of rescued rural buildings set within the exquisite rolling South Downs National Park. Discover the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over a 950-year period ­ from Anglo-Saxon to Edwardian times. Then well go next door to West Dean Gardens that date back to 1622 but most of the mature trees date to 1804. The garden includes 16 Victorian glasshouses filled with tender and exotic plants. Walled kitchen garden is beautifully restored with espaliered fruit trees and all manner of vegetables. A magnificent 100m pergola was designed by Harold Peto for roses, clematis and honeysuckle and leads into the intimite Sunken Garden, also restored, with collections of flowering perennials.
Back into Salisbury this afternoon to visit what Bill Bryson says …”Salisbury Cathedral is the single most beautiful structure in England, and the Close around it the most beautiful space”. It’s a stone’s throw from our hotel so we can stay on to see the world’s best preserved Magna Carta from 1215.
Accommodation: Milford Hall Hotel, Salisbury

DAY 11
Sunday 1 July 2018
Salisbury – Richmond, London (B)

We’re on our way to Richmond just near London with a stop at Sissinghurst. If there ever was a hierarchy of Best British gardens, Sissinghurst would be at the top of the list. Surely 200,000 visitors a year can’t be wrong! Loved for its beautiful balance, garden rooms and inspired planting combinations, this is garden is the result of a special partnership between the Bloomsbury couple Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson. We’ll climb the tower for a fabulous view and pop our heads into Vita’s writing room, explore each garden compartment and walk down to the Moat and herb garden. Roses here will be magnificent!
Travel into Richmond and check in to Petersham Hotel on its bluff overlooking the River Thames.
Accommodation: Petersham Hotel, Richmond, London

DAY 12
Monday 2 July 2018
Wisley and West Green (B)

Next stop is West Green in Hampshire, the home and garden of famous Aussie expat Marylyn Abbott. After lunch in her flower-filled conservatory, we will explore her suite of gardens.
While the garden pays homage to its 18th-century origins, Marylyn’s sense of fun is given plenty of room to play. The Alice in Wonderland walled garden is a frivolous delight; the ornamental potager is beautiful with lots of roses smothering the walls; there’s a classic water staircase and Persian water garden to contrast with the romantic lake garden.
Accommodation: Petersham Hotel, Richmond, London

DAY 13
Tuesday 3 July 2018
Hampton Court Flower Show (B/D)

We will arrive early at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. It’s a treat with hundreds of flower displays and designer gardens. The prestigious Rose of the Year award will be announced, following the assessment of the year’s most promising new introductions. Return to Richmond mid-afternoon by river boat down the River Thames from Hampton Court Palace jetty. Farewell dinner this evening
Accommodation: Petersham Hotel, Richmond, London

DAY 14
Wednesday 4 July 2018
London – Home(B)

Late afternoon transfer to Heathrow.

DAY 15
Thursday 5 July 2018

In flight

DAY 16
Friday 6 July 2018

Arrive home


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  • Qantas return economy group airfare & taxes Sydney / London / Newcastle and London / Sydney
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 12 nights
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing
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  • Full Escorted by Sandra Ross

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