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25 June – 8 July 2020

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Come with us to England in early summer with roses smothering walls and hedgerows. Gardens have been selected for their romantic fragrant and generous flowering roses. Such abundance of flower, fruit and fragrance in the idyllic landscapes of the Howardian Hills, the Peak District, the Cotswold Hills, the rolling South Downs and the Oxfordshire countryside.
Thursday 25 June 2020
Home – Newcastle UK

If you are joining our designated Emirates flight to Newcastle via Dubai, meet our Ross Tour representative at Sydney airport, or meet up at our hotel in Newcastle UK.

Friday 26 June 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne (D)

Our tour starts at the Jesmond Dene House Hotel, 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. Meet up with Tour Leader Colin Barlow and fellow travellers at the welcome dinner in our hotel this evening.

Accommodation: Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle upon Tyne

Saturday 27 June 2020
Alnwick (B)

We are heading north into 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. You have the option to visit 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 upon Tyne

Sunday 28 June 2020
Newcastle – York (B/D)

Travelling south today to visit two notable rose gardens. The first is Wynyard Hall with its new Walled Garden, home to 3,000 David Austin roses, floribundas and climbers with companion perennials in flower at this time of year.
Pleasure 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. Roses here are grown through swags, trained along wires to clothe brick walls and spill from ornamental pillar frames. Morning tea will be served on arrival.
Travel to York this afternoon and check into the sophisticated Grand Hotel for the next two nights, located inside the mediaeval city wall, just a stone’s throw from the Minster.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel, York

Monday 29 June 2020
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 during the Second World War. 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.
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, York

Tuesday 30 June 2020
York – Birmingham(B/L/D)

We are heading to Birmingham with a morning visit to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire in the magnificent Peak District. This sumptuous manor is set on the River Derwent in a great park landscaped by Capability Brown. The Grand Cascade built in 1700 and now fully restored, tumbles down the hillside along with the canal which reflects the south facade. We’ll stroll around the estate then visit the house, home to successive Dukes and Duchesses of Devonshire, all of whom have made contributions to the estate, as it passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. We will check out the new Rose Garden, originally the French Garden. In 1939 Duchess Mary, wife of the 10th Duke remodelled this area and it became known as the Rose Garden. After his accession in 1811, the 6th Duke laid out a new parterre immediately to the south of the first Duke’s Greenhouse. This was ornamented with the statue of Flora and statues from the temple at Carnac and named the French Garden. More recently this classic garden has been remodelled and planted with David Austin and Old Garden roses.
Travel on to Birmingham and check in to our hotel in the centre of the city for the next four nights. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Birmingham

Wednesday 1 July 2020
Stoke-on-Trent (B)

A day in “The Potteries”, 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.
Trentham Estate is an incredible place with a stormy history, being described as a ‘Royal Manor’ in the 1086 Domesday Book. Owned by landed gentry before it was abandoned in 1905 as the growing pottery industry caused horrific pollution of its waterways. Trentham Hall was sold for £500 for recovery of materials. In 1996, investors bought the estate, pouring £100m into a development programme to create a ‘leisure destination of national significance’.
With its rich industrial heritage of ceramics still intact, we will visit ‘World of Wedgwood’ where we can admire superb craftsmanship and learn about Josiah Wedgwood who founded Wedgwood in 1759.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Birmingham

Thursday 2 July 2020
David Austin Roses (B/L/AT)

Free time this morning in Birmingham.
Lunch today at David Austin’s famous rose garden and nursery in Albrighton, Shropshire. Its sheer heaven for lovers of the Rose. Learn about the culture of growing roses and ways of using roses in garden design from Michael Marriott, technical manager and senior rosarian at David Austin Roses and one of the world’s most respected rose experts. He is well-known for his rose garden design and his common-sense approach to looking after roses. 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 many 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.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Birmingham

Friday 3 July 2020
Coughton Court (B/L)

It’s rose time at Coughton Court, the home that Clare McLaren-Throckmorton 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. Roses grow in mixed borders with herbaceous under-planting including hardy geraniums, violets and achilleas. Farmhouse lunch today before we return to Birmingham.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency, Birmingham

DAY 10
Saturday 4 July 2020
Birmingham to Richmond (B)

We are travelling south to Richmond today with two exhilarating gardens en route. First stop is set against the stunning backdrop of a majestic castle, surrounded by striking views of the Cotswold Hills. Sudeley Castle has ten award-winning gardens which sweep around the castle and grounds. The Queens’ Garden is the magnificent centrepiece, named for four of England’s Queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I. These days it is planted with 80 varieties of roses. The second garden today is private, a masterwork of garden artistry.
Travel onto Richmond, check into our hotel for the next four nights.

Accommodation: Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa, Richmond-upon-Thames

DAY 11
Sunday 5 July 2020
West Dean (B)

Heading today to the beautiful tranquillity of the rolling South Downs in West Sussex and the restored gardens at West Dean, creatively inspired by its rich heritage and South Downs setting. A nineteenth-century Gothic house, designed by James Wyatt for Edward James, is home to the College of Arts and Conservation, with a twentieth-century ‘Arts and Crafts’ garden, designed by Harold Peto in 1911. Edward James was a patron of surrealist art. The Walled Garden and fully restored Victorian Glasshouses masterfully demonstrate a twenty-first-century approach to growing and displaying fruit, vegetables and ornamentals in innovative ways. These are some of the finest Victorian glasshouses in England; sixteen of them, planted with exotic flowers, seasonal fruit and vegetables: orchids, nectarines, peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, figs, vines, melons, fuchsias and aubergines. Walk the 100m long Edwardian pergola designed by Harold Peto, planted with climbing roses, clematis and honeysuckle which dominates the North Lawn behind the main house. From West Dean to West Green this afternoon in Hampshire to visit Marylyn Abbott whose creative sense of colour is given full reign in her suite of garden rooms. The walled garden is planted with a glorious mix of bulbs, trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables and fruit. The centrepiece here is the potager with formal planting of vegetables and decorative fruit cages. A moon gate leads to a water stairway and classic nymphaeum designed in the 1980s by Quinlan Terry. A naturalistic lake-field is wild and romantic and leads to the new Garden of Seven Bridges with pretty arched frames supporting roses and clematis. It’s a joy and a tribute to this expat Aussie. Travel back to Richmond.

Accommodation: Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa, Richmond-upon-Thames

DAY 12
Monday 6 July 2020
Sissinghurst (B)

Sissinghurst is our destination today, Vita Sackville West’s influential garden that changed the face of garden design. Of all flowers, it was roses that most captured Vita’s imagination with their colours, textures of velvet or satin, evocative fragrance and generous blooms. The rose garden is where Vita indulged her senses. Like the white garden, the rose garden conveys a sense of symmetry and balance despite its awkward, non-parallel proportions. Similarly, it is the combination of Harold’s simple structural design and Vita’s soft, billowing plantings that achieve this. It is only with a bird’s eye view from the tower that the actual geometric shape and irregular fit of the garden becomes strikingly apparent.

Accommodation: Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa, Richmond-upon-Thames

DAY 13
Tuesday 7 July 2020
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (B/D)

We will arrive early for a full day at the RHS Hampton Court Palace 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. Late afternoon we will return to Richmond with our Farewell dinner this evening.

Accommodation: Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa, Richmond-upon-Thames

DAY 14
Wednesday 8 July 2020
London – Home(B)

Our tour finishes after breakfast this morning. Transfer to the airport for those taking the designated flight to Sydney via Dubai.

DAY 15
Thursday 9 July 2020

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, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing
  • Gratuities for porters and drivers
  • Full Escorted by Colin Barlow

Twin Share land only: $9,295
Single Supplement: $2,150
All prices in Australian Dollars.
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers.
Price is based on departure Sydney.


Book and pay in full by 27/2/2020 to receive the Early Bird Discount of $300.00 per person off the final installment.
Previous Traveller Discount $100.00
Garden Clinic™ Member Discount $50.00

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Japan celebrates Golden Week with festivals of azalea, peony, wisteria and the last of the cherry blossom. Our floral adventure begins
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Northern India

Opulent palaces, towering forts, vibrant spices, buzzing bazaars, cast their spell on you. During our 15-day tour of India you will
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