Flora Garden Tours guide you to the finest gardens in Britain. As well as the famous English stately homes and gardens the tours visit lesser known but lovely ones, some rarely open to the public. The tour director and leader is Dr Barbara Sommerville, a biologist of international repute who has a deep interest in the history of gardening, landscape and architecture.Lily pond and house, Wisley
The last tour of the 2015−2016 season will start in Cambridge on 16th September 2016.
For the first three days we shall be based at The Arundel House Hoteland visits College gardens, interesting gardens outside Cambridge including the Orchard at Granchester and Wimpole Hall.
For the last three days we shall be based at the Bedingfeld Arms in Oxborough and visit Oxburgh Hall, Goodestone Water Gardens, the Old Vicarage Gardens at East Ruston and other Norfolk gardens. Read more
Other tours will be run in response to a group of at least four people applying and will take place at times to suit this group. There will be space for others to join a tour once it is guaranteed to run.
The itinerary of each tour may be adjusted to suit the initial group.
Flora tours stay in small hotels and guest houses which we have used before or checked out carefully. They are reasonably close to the tour gardens to reduce the time spent travelling. Usually a tour will be based in just one place because people seem to prefer this. Although not a high star rating our hotels are clean, comfortable and above all friendly, which fits the Flora ambience. This aspect also helps Flora offer very competitive tour prices.
Usually there are a variety of eating places close by or, if this is not the case, the hotel provides an evening meal as part of the tour package.
The prices quoted are for two people sharing a double or twin bedded room.
Single occupants will have to pay a supplement of about £30 per night but the rate varies from place to place.
We experienced the gardens and houses of the Cotswolds at all levels: the grand, the intimate and the fun’s fancy. This was all made possible by Barbara’s flexibility and wonderful connections with the locals from drivers to land owners.
― A.L. from Cambridge Massachusetts USA on the Cotswold tour
In addition to the scheduled tours mentioned above Flora Garden Tours offers two special services:
Any of the scheduled tours may be run on other dates for groups of four or more people;
Tours to other British gardens, or tours centred on special interest themes can be arranged on a tailor-made basis. Such tours can incorporate castles and stately homes, as well as gardens: see, for example, Yorkshire and Northumberland.
Special interest themes include Garden Shows Garden Design and Garden History, Tours for Gardeners, Flower Arrangers and Artists, Mediaeval Architecture and English History and Prehistoric and Archaeological sites.
Please make your requests: Flora Garden Tours will be happy to oblige.
Your guidance was inspirational! Gardens, gardens, gardens is your motto. I loved the small cottage gardens and have wonderful visual memories!
― D.C. from Alaska USA on a special tour of Yorkshire and Cumbria
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