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The First Leonardslee Crime Festival

The Book Lovers’ Supper Club has announced the first Leonardslee Crime Festival, to celebrate the best of crime writing in the South East of England. On 2nd and 3rd March 2019 many of the UK’s best-known crime writers will visit Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens at Horsham, West Sussex, to entertain audiences in a series of…

Keep Fit for Free – National Botanic Garden of Wales

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas has taken its toll? Well, it is a new year and maybe time to shape up. So, why not crack on with those new year resolutions and burn some unwanted calories against the stunning backdrop of 568 acres of National Botanic Garden? We have created a…

Growing the Future at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Growing the Future A series of three talks at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in January 2019. 11th January: Miranda Janatka – ‘From Kew Gardens to Gardeners’ World – my life in horticulture’. 18th January: Sarah Price – ‘Plants First’ 25th January: Natalie Chivers – ‘Treborth Botanic Garden – small garden, big plans’. Enjoy…

Gardens Trusts reveals new discoveries about landscape gardener Humphry Repton

Culminating years of research, the Gardens Trusts have shed new light on the work of historic landscape gardener Humphry Repton at a symposium at the Garden Museum in November 2018. The new research was completed by hundreds of volunteers from County and Country Gardens Trusts across the UK as part of the celebrations in the…

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Portmeirion

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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A Winter's Tale

A Winter's tale ...

Daphne bholua 'Jacqeline Postill'

Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'

Cornus & Willow RSH Wisley

Cornus & Willows - RHS Garden Wisley

Galanthus Penrhyn Castle

Japanese Garden - Kew Gardens

Japanese Garden - Kew Gardens

Waterperry Gardens - Part 1

Waterperry is one of those names which when heard for the first time, you just know you have heard it somewhere before. It has a warmth and familiarity about it, like Winterbourne and Merrieweather – surely Thomas Hardy must have used it for one of his Dorset rustics! It’s a pleasing word, just the act of pronouncing it makes the mouth curl up at the edges. It speaks to us across the centuries and sounds English to the core. For ‘Perry’ is the old English word for pear and if you ever get the chance to taste perry cider than do so because it is absolutely delicious. If we go further back in time the word becomes ‘Pyrie’ which means a collection of pear trees and before that ‘Pyrige’ which simply means ‘the place where the pear trees grow’. Put ‘Water’ in front of it and you have ‘the place by the water where the pear trees grow’.

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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