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Easter Sculpture Festival – University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Friday 19 April at 10:00 am to Monday 22 April at 5:00 pm Greek gods, tagelmust attired Tuareg musicians from the Sahara, a bronze fox skulking across the grass, swirling multimedia figures, stunning stained glass creations and bronze and marble sculptures based on Buddhist prayer wheels are all waiting to welcome the visitor to this year’s Sculpture…

Golden Egg Trail – Spetchley Castle

17-22 April, Golden Egg Trail: Follow the bunny trail around 30 acres of wonderful historic gardens. Solve the puzzle and collect an Easter treat. Trail is included with children’s admission.

Houghton Lodge

Opening in time for Mother’s Day, Houghton Lodge Gardens is a picture of spring. With daffodils lining the banks of the River Test, contrasting scilla along the front drive and the emerging tulips – the 2019 season is launching with an explosion of colour. The formal and informal gardens of the 18th century historic house,…

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Springtime in Snowdonia

13-17 May 2019 | Price from: £434.00-£472.00

A fascinating springtime course on the gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales led by gardens expert Tony Russell.

Gardens visited will be chosen from the following, dependent on season, flowering and weather conditions.

Bodnant, Nanhoron, Plas Brondanw, Plas Cadnant, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Plas Yn Rhiw and Portmeirion'.

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No matter which part of the UK you live in, there is one group of spring-flowering plants which stand head and shoulders above the rest – Magnolias. For sheer flamboyance and flowering intensity nothing else comes close, they really are the Divas of the horticultural cat-walk.

Shy they are most certainly not, but these plants are more than just ‘eye-candy’. They are one of the most primitive forms of flowering plants (angiosperms) alive on earth today. They evolved in the Mesozoic Era some 140 million years ago and since then have survived numerous ice ages and developed colourful scented flowers to attract insect pollinators such as beetles.

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Sir Clough Williams-Ellis

A New Talk by Tony Russell

The architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, is probably best known for his creation of the 'Italianate' village of Portmeirion on the north-west coast of Wales. A fantasy landscape, visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year ...

Less well-known is Sir Clough's ancestral home and garden at Plas Brondanw. Here, long before he embarked on Portmeirion, Sir Clough created one of the finest 'Arts & Crafts' gardens in Britain.

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Garden Themed Holidays

Tony Russell leads a number of garden-themed holidays, covering all parts of the world.

To find out more about a garden-themed holiday please click here

The Garden Holidays page features an article, originally published in the Telegraph.

This article gives an enjoyable account of  a garden-themed holiday that Tony Russell led and is an excellent introduction to Garden Tours.

The Garden Holidays page also has a brief description and links to two companies that Tony Russell works with - Brightwater Holidays & Victoria Travel.

Gardens to Visit 2019