Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

Country Life Article by Tour Leader, Kirsty Fergusson
 Country Life Article
Click the image to read a copy of this article..........

With Hortus goes the the Lothians sold out and only one room available on the Telegraph Tour to Varengeville with Helen Yemm, it may be worth getting in contact soon to secure a place on the Country Life, Gardens of the Dordogne tour, featured in the article above, or the Gardens Illustrated Wiltshire Collection, subject of the previous Boxwood News item below.

Boxwood Offer: Back-to-Back Garden Tours
The Telegraph 'Gardens of Varengeville' tour departs London St Pancras Friday 22nd September, the day after the Wiltshire Tour finishes. Boxwood Tours is helping with transport & overnight accommodation travellers booking on both tours. Do get in contact with Boxwood Tours if you think we may be able to help: Contact Boxwood Tours

Traveller Comments
Early season tours to date have earned exceptionally high praise from returning travellers. Click the following link: Testimonials
Moor Hatches, featured on the Gardens Illustrated 'Wiltshire Collection' Tour in September

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Private Gardens of England

Edited By Tania Compton

Tania Compton: Wiltshire Gardens Tour
Thirty-five English private gardens, thoughtfully selected by the writer and designer Tania Compton, are vividly described in the words of their owners, who bring an astonishing sense of intimacy to their own creations as well as their collaborations with some of the leading garden designers of today. From the Bannermans' romantic Cornish castle to the windswept shores of Howick in Northumberland via Jasper Conran in Somerset and Tom Stuart-Smith in Hertfordshire, an eclectic range of gardens is revealed. The traditional English garden is seen through the fresh eyes of plantswomen such as Mary-Anne Robb at Cothay Manor and Arabella Lennox-Boyd at Gresgarth Hall, alongside Hilborough House in Norfolk and Ferne Park in Dorset that recently only existed as fields. The historic landscape gardens of Boughton House and St Paul's Walden Bury are explored alongside the contemporary and conceptual at Plaz Metaxu in Devon. From the private walled garden at Petworth to the wildflower-strewn meadows of Spye Park, each garden is a testament to the thriving art of English gardening.

About Tania Compton
Writer and designer Tania Compton started gardening in her twenties in Ibiza before studying at The English Gardening School, where she met her husband the botanist Dr Jamie Compton. After ten years as Garden Editor for British House & Garden she collaborated with Andrew Lawson on Dream Gardens (Merrell, 2007). A Trustee of The Garden Museum Tania spends spare hours ruminating over 6 acres of wild and unruly meadow in Wiltshire.

Tania Compton joining the Gardens Illustrated 'Wiltshire Collection', September 2017
Tania Compton will be joining this tour on Tuesday 19th September to introduce Spilsbury and Fonthill, two gardens of her own design, plus Moor Hatches, a contemporary garden by Tom Stuart Smith.

Boxwood Offer: Back-to-Back Garden Tours
The Telegraph 'Gardens of Varengeville' tour departs London St Pancras Friday 22nd September, the day after the Wiltshire tour finishes. Boxwood Tours is helping with transport & overnight accommodation travellers booking on both tours. Do get in contact with Boxwood Tours if you think we may be able to help: Contact Boxwood Tours
Traveller Comments
Early season tours to date have earned exceptionally high praise from returning travellers. Click the following link: Testimonials

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Mallorca & Marrakech

Book Cover by Laurel L Russwurm
Nightingale Song
A selection of kind comments below from 'tired but happy' travellers returning from the recent Marrakech & Mallorca tours. Interestingly, Nightingale song proved an unplanned and welcome feature of both locations:

Hortus goes to Marrakech

'The garden tour was absolutely excellent....'

'David & Kirsty were the perfect host/leader for this tour: hugely knowledgeable; immensely helpful and great fun at all times.....'

'Wonderful selection (of gardens), from the delightful growing garden of Casa Botanica to Villa Oasis with Madison Cox's personal guided tour....'

'Far exceeded my expectations; many thanks to you.....'

'Hortus goes to Marrakech was a memorable experience - our first time in Morocco. What a wonderful trip. Thank you for organising it and we hope to travel again.....'

'Delighted that Boxwood was able to arrange a second tour so efficiently after the first was booked up very quickly. Also that as a single woman I was allocated a room in the  main house which was perfect!'

'Jnane Tamsna was a joy: a peaceful oasis away from the sensory overload of the city. We were made to feel so welcome & cared for. Breakfasts were lovely.... Dinner on the last evening was a triumph and so beautifully laid out in the garden in a mass of candlelight: really memorable.....'

'Very high quality & selection of gardens. Entry to and lunch at Villa Oasis a highlight.....'


'Thank you very much for this wonderful holiday we have had in Mallorca....'

'We had a great time, (David) and Sally are brilliant together, it was such good fun.  I do think it was one of the best tours, if not the best.....'  

'We had a wonderfully memorable time last week in Majorca.....'

'A great joy of our wonderful holiday was the constant sound of Nightingale song throughout the day. Swimming in the hotel pools I was serenaded each morning...' 

'We greatly enjoyed the tour; the group of interesting and nice people, meeting David and Sally, the fascinating gardens full of ideas, the hotels especially La Residencia, the excellent food and we have fallen in love with an island that we hadn’t visited for over 30 years......'

'We loved our week away...'

'We've had a lovely day wonderful hotel great food excellent service. The garden this morning was amazing with the nightingales singing.....'  

'We are really enjoying ourselves....tired but happy'

Read more traveller comments
: Customer Testimonials

There are still a few rooms available to book on September Tours: Late Season Tours

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

We are still taking bookings for the July Gardens Illustrated Tour of Denmark, featuring an eclectic range of gardens introduced by writer David Wheeler & Denmark-based designer Greg Kobbett. Designer Tania Compton and popular tour leader Sophie Piebenga are also hosting & leading a Gardens Illustrated Wiltshire Collection tour in September; a golden time to enjoy the end of season colour and fruitfulness of English country gardens.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Lives of the Great Gardeners

Tour Host, Stephen Anderton
Just Published
The Times garden correspondent and award-winning author Stephen Anderton has just published his new history of the lives of great gardeners encompassing all walks of life, periods in history and geographical locations interestingly arranged in 4 sections reflecting different movements and garden styles. Stephen's earlier book, 'Discovering Welsh Gardens' includes many of those featured in the upcoming Welsh Borders garden tour end of June, a tour hosted by Stephen with a visit to New Inn Farm, his own garden near Abergavenny.

Welsh Border Tour: June 2017
There are currently just a few places left on this tour, so we advise booking soon to avoid disappointment. For full details, click the following link: Gardens of the Welsh Borders. Helena Gerrish has invited us to visit the gardens at High Glanau, their Arts & Crafts manor house near Monmouth. To read an article written by Helena Gerrish for Country Life, click the following link: High Glanau Manor Gardens

Traveller Comments: Welsh Border Tour, 2015

'Many thanks to all concerned with this tour....'

'Very impressed by the variety of the gardens and the enthusiasm and welcome from the owners and gardeners which gave a very special feel to the visits...'

'Each garden visited was special...'

'Delighted with the variety and standards of the gardens...'

'The introductions from their owners/head gardeners was excellent. Lunches served were first class...'

'A lovely mix of gardens: something for everyone. Peter Clay's garden was the highlight...'

'Sophie, our tour leader, was excellent: extremely helpful & friendly....'

'Can't praise you enough...'

'Please thank Sophie for leading a very friendly, noisy, happy bunch of folk. It all moulded so well...'

'The tour was excellent: well-planned with superb leaders...'

'Good choice of gardens which exceeded our expectations. Essential element was hearing the owners talk... '

'The surprise of The Laskett at the end was a perfect round-off to a wonderful break...'

'Will certainly recommend Boxwood to friends & family....'

'Very efficient team...'

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

NOW ON SALE: Late Season Tours 2017

Sue and the girls have been working hard to put all the final details and prices together to launch the Boxwood Late Season Tours programme. The following are the 4 brand new tours planned for September 2017:

Hortus goes to the Lothians: David Wheeler & Sophie Piebenga; 10 - 14 Sept.

The Wiltshire Collection: with Tania Compton & Sophie Piebenga; 18 - 21 Sept.

Gardens of the Dordogne: David Wheeler & Kirsty Fergusson; 19 - 23 Sept.

Gardens of Varengeville: with Helen Yemm of the Telegraph; 22 - 24 Sept.

As ever, the coloured panels are painted by Pat Gregory; the drawings by Simon Dorrel of Bryansground. You may be able to identify the gardens....

To learn more about the 2017 tour destinations, click to read the following articles, all available on the Boxwood web site article archive:
Gardens Illustrated: Denmark
Country Life: Mallorca
Boxwood Article Archive

Wednesday, 26 October 2016


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