7 Day – Florist Tour of England, UK
Day One - Enjoy a morning visit to a flower arrangement school in London for a special private flower arranging lesson (course will be tailored to your individual requirements, in order to learn about an designs).
Day Two - Depart for a visit to the New Covent Garden Flower Market, the UK's only specialist flower market with over 60 companies selling flowers and you will be accompanied by an author of 5 best selling books and also a professional flower arranger. This will be followed by an afternoon visit to the Museum of Garden History, which gives the understanding and appreciation of the history and development of gardens and gardening in the UK, with reference to an and worldwide influence. It was founded in 1977, as the world's first museum dedicated to the history of gardens and gardening. There is a reproduction 17th century knot garden with authentic planting.
Day Three - Today will be spent at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show and return to your hotel late afternoon, full of ideas and inspiration from the many show gardens of Chelsea.
Day Four - Depart London for the journey into Kent for a visit to privately owned garden, open as part of the National Gardens Scheme and you will be welcomed on arrival by the owners for a tour of their garden. This will be followed by a visit to Penshurst Place, one of England's greatest family-owned stately homes with a history going back six and a half centuries. The gardens, first laid out in the 14th century have been developed over successive years by the Sidney family who first came to Penshurst in 1552. A twenty-year restoration and re-planting programme undertaken by the late Viscount De L'Isle has ensured that they retain their historic splendour. On arrival enjoy a guided tour of the gardens which are divided by a mile of yew hedges into "rooms" each planted to give a succession of colour as the season changes.
Day Five - Depart your hotel for a visit to Sissinghurst Castle Garden, one of the world's most celebrated gardens and the creation of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson. On then for an afternoon visit to Great Dixter, built in 1450 and is the birthplace of Christopher Lloyd a gardening author. Finally a late afternoon visit to a local florist shop and the opportunity to ask questions about the local designs.
Day Six - Depart Kent for the journey into Surrey for a visit to the RHS Garden at Wisley, Britain's best loved garden offering a fascinating blend of the beautiful with practical and innovative design and cultivation techniques. For many, it is the beauty and tranquillity of the garden that captures the imagination, with its richly planted borders and the exotica of the glasshouses, but a closer look reveals the real value of Wisley. In the trials fields, the finest flowers and vegetables are identified from the countless new introductions. Elsewhere in the garden, cultivation techniques, such as composting are tried and tested, and a series of model gardens answers the needs of a variety of conditions and circumstances. On then for a visit to The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew which are laid out over 300 acres, and boast more than 100,000 species and varieties of plants.
Day Seven – To the airport for your return flight home.