Thursday, 22 February 2018

Highgrove Booked

Cotswolds Tour: Highgrove Visit
HRH Prince Charles's garden at Highgrove takes group bookings from February. Having had our booking confirmed this week, we are now able to include the visit in The Telegraph Gardens of the Cotswolds tour in June. To find out more about the garden and tour, click Highgrove and the tour title respectively.
Late Cancellation: Marrakech
The previously fully booked Country Life goes to Marrakech tour in March now has 2 rooms available due to an unavoidable late cancellation of a party of 3. Do telephone to check availability before booking as these rooms are likely to sell fast....
Prince Charles's Gardens at Highgrove


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

David Austin's English Roses

David Austin has made a huge contribution to rose breeding in developing his superb range of 'English Roses' selected to combine the evocative character of old rose varieties with qualities of fragrance, long-flowering, and disease resistance.
There are just 2 rooms left on The English Rose garden tour in June led by rosarian Michael Marriott who will introduce David Austin's nursery and private collection as well as many other superb gardens of Shropshire & Worcestershire.
To check availability and book on this tour, contact Boxwood Tours on 01341 241717.
Meanwhile, for those who enjoy a puzzle, try matching the David Austin roses above with the following names: Barbara Austin, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Mary Rose, Queen of Sweden, Renaissance, Royal Jubilee, and Wisley.....
To read an article written about one of the gardens featured on this tour, click the following link: 'Timeless Style', Tamsin Westhorpe on Coughton Court.....

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Tour Leader Profile: Michael Marriott

Michael Marriott is technical manager and senior rosarian of David Austin Roses and is one of the world’s most-respected rose experts. He is also well-known for his rose garden design and his common sense approach to gardening. In his work he travels the globe, often sharing his expertise in lively radio, TV, newspaper and magazine interviews.
He has been an integral part of David Austin Roses for over 30 years and at the firm’s headquarters in Albrighton he is the font of all matters relating to roses. His enthusiasm is infectious and his knowledge of roses is encyclopaedic, including the species roses, the old roses, climbers and ramblers, the best modern roses and of course David Austin’s English Roses. Michael has played an important part in the development and popularization of English Roses and therefore has intimate knowledge of all of the 200 plus English Roses bred and introduced by David Austin Roses. He is particularly enthusiastic about the very varied fragrances to be found in roses having worked side-by-side with famed “rose nose” Robert Calkin.
As a garden designer, he is known for dense romantic beds whether purely roses or mixed in with perennials. He has designed many rose gardens around the world of varying sizes, both public and private. Public gardens where he has designed rose gardens and borders include the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Queen Mary’s Rose Garden in Regent’s Park, Hampton Court Palace, Wynyard Hall and Trentham Gardens. His private clients are primarily in the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe, but he has also worked on gardens in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia and even Bhutan.
An advocate of practical gardening techniques and organic methods for rose gardeners, he is regularly called upon to conduct workshops, give lectures and write articles for audiences and publications of varying levels of expertise in many different countries.
A keen gardener, he recognized his passion for plants at an early age, he believes that a good gardener starts by choosing appropriate plants and varieties for his or her garden’s growing conditions, then backs it up with sound soil management. His own gardens have always been run on organic principles. Selecting only the healthiest varieties of roses and other plants, he used companion plants to attract beneficial insects.
Read more about Michael Marriott: Wordpress Blog
Join Michael on 'The English Rose', Boxwood Quality Garden Tour, June 2018: The English Rose

Friday, 8 December 2017

NOW ON SALE: Autumn Tours, 2018

NOW ON SALE: Autumn Tours, 2018

Click the following links for full details of four superb, unique, brand new tours:

HORTUS goes to the Southern Netherlands with David Wheeler, 10-14 Sept.;

The TELEGRAPH Lakeland Collection with Helen Yemm, 21-24 Sept.;

GARDENS ILLUSTRATED: Gardens of the Italian Lakes with Annie Guilfoyle, 1-5 Oct.;

COUNTRY LIFE: Amalfi & the Bay of Naples with Nick Dakin-Elliot of La Pietra, 5-10 Oct.

As ever, we are able to assist with travel and accommodation for those wishing to book the two Italian tours 'back to back'; do contact Sue Macdonald at the Boxwood office:

Tel. +44 (0)1341 241 717;


Thursday, 9 November 2017

HORTUS goes to Venice & the Veneto

Tour Leader, Jenny Condie
Jenny Condie who has lived in Venice since 2002 has helped Boxwood Tours to plan and organise and will be leading this superb April garden tour for HORTUS....

Jenny has lived in Venice since 2002 with her husband, the novelist Enrico Palandri and their three children. Jenny was born in Edinburgh and took a degree in Italian and History of Art at UCL. She has translated a number of substantial works in the area of art and literary history and criticism, and she has also written in Italian as a journalist. 

Books include ‘The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto’:  Photographer, Alex Ramsay; Publisher,  Frances Lincoln (ISBN: 9780711234048)
Details of this tour: Hortus goes to Venice & the Veneto

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Limited Places

We advise contacting the Boxwood Tours office before booking on the following tours scheduled for early season 2018:

Country Life: Gardens of Marrakech with David Wheeler; 13-17 March, 2018

HORTUS: Venice & the Veneto Revisited, David WheelerJenny Condie; 22-27 April 2018

Telegraph: Gardens of Mallorca with Helen Yemm & Sally Beale; 6-11 May 2018

Telephone: +44 (0)1341 241 717


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

NOW ON SALE: Early Season Tours 2018


Country Life: Gardens of Marrakech
with David Wheeler; 13-17 March, 2018

HORTUS: Venice & the Veneto Revisited, David WheelerJenny Condie; 22-27 April 2018

Telegraph: Gardens of Mallorca with Helen YemmSally Beale; 6-11 May 2018

The Boxwood Provence Garden Tour with Maïté Delmas; 14-18 May 2018

Gardens Illustrated 'The English Rose' Michael Marriott, David Austin Roses; 10-14 June 2018

Telegraph: Cotswold Gardens Tour with Helen Yemm & Sophie Piebenga; 24-27 June 2018

'Down the Garden Path'; The Story of English Gardens, Dr Sophie Piebenga; 2-5 July 2018

We look forward to welcoming you on a Boxwood Quality Garden Tour in 2018......

Sue & Brian Macdonald & the Boxwood Team