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Snowdrop Weekends – Waterperry Gardens

With more than 60 different snowdrop varieties carpeting the ornamental gardens over the season, enjoy these little heralds of spring in a magical setting. Free guided tours at 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm (Adults £8.50, children aged 16 and under FREE).

Orchids, Celebrate the colour of Colombia – Kew

Celebrate the colour of Colombia9 February – 10 March Step out of the cold this winter and celebrate Colombia at the orchid festival at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This year’s festival is inspired by the incredible diversity of Colombia, home to 4270 species of orchids and breath-taking landscapes. From the stunning rainbow river to the…

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…

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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

Magnolias

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