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.