Wednesday, 26 October 2016

SECOND TOUR SOLD OUT

Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

Italian Lakes Tour Sold Out....

THE TELEGRAPH tour of Gardens of the Italian Lakes with Helen Yemm has sold out only 3 weeks after publication. We are working to see if a second tour is possible. Meanwhile, it is always worth putting your name on the 'wait list' as there are invariably a small number of cancellations closer to departure.

Marrakech: 2nd Tour On Sale

The first 'Hortus goes to Marrakech'' tour having sold out in just two weeks, we have worked with David Wheeler of HORTUS and all those involved to organise an identical second tour of Marrakech just a week earlier than the first, 26 to 31 March, full details available via the following link: Marrakech II

Happy Travellers: 'Gardens of a Golden Afternoon', Sept. 2016

Anna Karaulova, a traveller on the 'Gardens of a Golden Afternoon' tour in September, has kindly suggested we might like to publish the photograph below featuring the entire happy group with tour leader David Gilchrist and Les the coach driver.

Traveller Comments on this tour: 


'Great trip; really enjoyed it......'     'The wonderful people on these tours make them memorable.....'

'Sissinghurst at the special time you negotiated was quite magical: early morning scents, birds and peace in addition to plants...'

'A wonderful mix of guests! David, as usual, a first class leader. Great to travel with him again....'

'I enjoyed all the gardens and their guides/head gardeners. The private visit to Sissinghurst was very special.....'

Travellers on the Gardens of a Golden Afternoon tour, September 2016

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

SOLD OUT: Hortus goes to Marrakech

Marrakech: Possible Second Tour
Enquiries and bookings for this and other tours have been so overwhelming we are working with David Wheeler of HORTUS and all those involved to organise a repeat second tour of Marrakech as close as possible to the first. So please do continue to register your interest in this tour by telephone +44 (0) 1341 241717 or email mail@boxwoodtours.co.uk: at the very least you will be placed on the 'wait list' in case of cancellations.

Bookings Rush
We are obviously happy that this October is proving the busiest ever for enquiries & bookings with one tour sold out and another nearly so after only 2 weeks on sale. However, we advise all travellers to book early this year to avoid disappointment.

Link back to web site: Boxwood Tours, Quality Garden Holidays

Autumn Tour Success
Further Traveller Comments

Tuscany, Sept. 2016
'It was a fascinating mix of gardens, and villas too....'
'Nick & Patty were both quite wonderful....'
'Hotel even exceeded my high expectations. Totally excellent.....'
'Gorgeous room overlooking the River Arno: thank you so much.....'

East Anglia, Sept. 2016
'This was an excellent program and with John we had an outstanding guide who gave us marvellous insights before we reached the gardens.....'
'Fantastic variety of outstanding gardens.....'
' Carry on getting the best gardens & owners with such brilliant guides as Patty & John.....'
'Please send by post details of future tours....'

Sussex & Kent, Sept. 2016
'Great trip; really enjoyed it......'
'The wonderful people on these tours make them memorable.....'
'Sissinghurst at the special time you negotiated was quite magical: early morning scents, birds and peace in addition to plants...'
'A wonderful mix of guests! David, as usual, a first class leader. Great to travel with him again....'






Thursday, 13 October 2016

2017 Tours Selling Fast...


Two Tours: Limited Places

The Boxwood Tours office is working fast to keep pace with the surge of bookings made in the first week of sales of 2017 tours. Please telephone to check availability before booking on the following 2 tours:

'Hortus goes to Marrakech' with David Wheeler of Hortus,  2-7 April

'Gardens of the Italian Lakes' with Helen Yemm of the Telegraph,  8-13 May

For full details of all early season Boxwood Tours, click the titles:

'Gardens of Mallorca' with David Wheeler & Sally Beale,  23-28 April

'Essential Sicily: Syracuse to Taormina'
 with Rachel Lamb & Patty Shone,  30 April-5 May

'Gardens of Sussex & Kent', a new 'Boxwood Easy Access' tour with Sophieke Piebenga,  1-5 June

'Gardens of the Welsh Borders' with Stephen Anderton of The Times,  26 - 30 June

'A Norfolk Weekendwith Helen Yemm of the Telegraph,  1-3 July

'Made in Denmark' with David Wheeler of Hortus and Greg Kobett,  7-11 July

Autumn Tour Success

Just some of the comments from happy travellers on returned late season tours:

Tuscany, Sept. 2016
'Thank you so much for a truly memorable trip. Brochure next year please…..'
'Our first tour with Boxwood and first organised tour ever: it exceeded all expectations and was thoroughly enjoyable. We will recommend and hopefully enjoy another tour....'
'All was so good: I was very happy.....'
'All first rate: gave me great confidence.....'

East Anglia, Sept. 2016
'This was an excellent program and with John we had an outstanding guide who gave us marvellous insights before we reached the gardens.....'
'Fantastic variety of outstanding gardens.....'
'Patti & John were both exceptionally friendly and helpful. Patti's personal interest in all the guests was remarkable and John's knowledge and keen interest in all the gardens was a great asset. Thanks for choosing such good leaders!'

Sussex & Kent, Sept. 2016
'Great trip; really enjoyed it......'
'The wonderful people on these tours make them memorable.....'
'I enjoyed all the gardens and their guides/head gardeners. The private visit to Sissinghurst was very special.....'

We only run these tours once, so advise early booking to avoid disappointment.......


Photographs of Corpusty Mill by Roger Last: Visited on the Norfolk Weekend with Helen Yemm

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

2017 Season Shaping Up....

Early Season Tour Preview

Readers of Boxwood News are the first to learn the garden tour destinations for early 2017:

'Hortus goes to Marrakech' with David Wheeler of Hortus,  2-7 April

'Gardens of Mallorca' with David Wheeler & Sally Beale,  23-28 April

'Essential Sicily: Syracuse to Taormina' with Rachel Lamb & Patty Shone,  15-20 May

'Gardens of the Italian Lakes' with Helen Yemm of the Telegraph,  5-10 May

'Gardens of Sussex & Kent', a new 'Boxwood Easy Access' tour with Sophieke Piebenga,  1-5 June

'Gardens of the Welsh Borders' with Stephen Anderton of The Times,  26 - 30 June

'A Norfolk Weekend' with Helen Yemm of the Telegraph,  1-3 July

'Made in Denmark' with David Wheeler of Hortus and Greg Kobett,  7-11 July

Full details will be available on the Boxwood Tours Web Site from early October, arriving by post the week or so after.

Meanwhile, do get in touch if any of these tours are of interest: tour prices are the very last details to be set before publication, but other details, especially dates, are often finalised earlier.

Telephone the Boxwood Office on 01341 241717 or email: mail@boxwoodtours.co.uk



Thursday, 11 August 2016

STOP PRESS: Tuscany Tour

Tuscan Gold: Villa la Foce
We are pleased to announce the itinerary for the 'Tuscan Gold' tour in September now includes a visit to Villa la Foce, an enchanting, twentieth-century garden designed by Cecil Pinsent for author and historian Iris Origo. The garden is a striking example of Pinsent’s ability to combine Italian baroque features with English Arts & Crafts style. There are currently 18 persons booked on this tour; still time to book subject to hotel availability.

Season of Mellow Fruitfulness
Autumn harvest is a feature of West Dean in West Sussex who hold a series of annual festivals based on the harvest of tomato, chilli, and apples. La Bourdaisière grows 650 cultivars of tomatoes, with a now famous annual 'Festival de la Tomate'. At Villandry, also in the Loire, vegetables are used in grand scale parterre work, pumpkins in orderly sets ripening in the sun. Vegetables & fruit are grown in a decorative way for the kitchen at Prieuré Notre-Dame d'Orsan

Again, it may not be too late to join these tours, subject to hotel availability: 'Gardens of a Golden Afternoon' tour of Sussex & Kent'; 'Gardens of the Val de Loire', September 16th.




Thursday, 28 July 2016

SEPTEMBER TOUR: 'GARDENS OF A GOLDEN AFTERNOON

Features
Great Dixter Plant Fair
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October 2016, 11am-4pm
Specialist nurseries from the UK and Europe
Helenium & Miscanthus at Gt Dixter
Nurseries include:
Tuingoed Foltz from The Netherlands
Edulis
Cotswold Garden Flowers
De Hessenhof from The Netherlands
Laurels Nursery
Chris Ghyselen from Belgium
Phoenix Perennial Plants
Knoll Gardens
F comme Fleurs from France
Dyson’s Nurseries
Monksilver
Kevin Hughes
Binny Plants from Edinburgh
Mill Cottage
Arborealis Kwekerij from The Netherlands
Copton Ash
and the nursery of our Patron, Beth Chatto

Talks will be given by the nurserymen at intervals.

For more information, click the following links:
'Great Dixter Plant Fair'
'Gardens of a Golden Afternoon' Tour

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Monty Don's French Gardens


Le Prieuré d'Orsan

A chance to view again a clip of Monty Don's introduction to the superb gardens of Le Prieuré d'Orsan, featured in the September tour of the Loire & Berry region of France:



Traveller Comments: Gardens of Loire & Berry 2015

'All surpassed my expectations. Lovely to go as a small party to private gardens and to be shown round by owners. The home grown lunches and one evening meal were an unexpected treat.....'

'All excellent: would love to go again on a different tour.....'

'Patty, the tour leader, was excellent. Very friendly, very kind to me, very efficient. She made all the diference in the holiday from my point of view. Maite was excellent too. Very knowledgeable in horticulture....'

'Lunches in gardens were a surprise and superb.....'

'Patty Shone was excellent especially regarding individual dietary needs: she looked after us so well. Maite Delmas gave excellent background information and answers to botanical questions. They both made the tour a great success.....'

'Found the personal chat with Boxwood staff very reassuring especially as I was a little anxious about being on my own.....'

'Particularly nice group.....'

There are still a few places remaining on this tour with time to book before September departureGardens of Loire & Berry 2016.