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A Tour of Britain for Gardeners and Nongardeners, Too


My financial adviser is telling me to travel now, while my health is good.  (As a young-old person I have to be reminded that it won’t be long before I’m plain old old and maybe not up to traveling the world.)  So googling around for garden tours I come upon Collette Tours, which just happens to have partnered with Behnkes to create this tour of Britain.

Turns out, it covers some top British gardens and some nongardening highlights of Britain, too.  Perfect for the gardener who happens to have a nongardening significant other, but timed to coincide perfectly with the next Chelsea Flower Show – May 21-30, 2014.

I did a little more research online to see what the gardens on the agenda look like.  And here’s a sampling of what I found, starting with the famous Wisley estate, above and below.



Above, the Cambridge Botanical Garden.  The stop there also includes the famous university, and punting on the river.

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Above and below, the Castle Howard.

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Above is a scene from Harlow Carr, the stunning Royal Hort Society garden.


Next, (above and below) views of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.


T’hese last views are all of the world’s most famous flower show – Chelsea!  They’re a few of the show gardens from this year’s Chelsea, so next year’s will be all new but they’re guaranteed to be innovative and newsworthy.  Like America’s most famous flower show – the Philadelphia Flower Show – Chelsea also has smaller displays and lots for sale.  It’s huge, the biggest thing happening in England, bar none (except maybe another royal birth, and it’ll be too soon for that) .

I’ve never been to the Chelsea Flower Show and it’s way up on my bucket list.  A list that apparently I should be paying attention to.






Posted by Susan Harris.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I tried to sign up for the 9/13/13 slide show of the English Garden tour in May 2014, but when I clicked submit it keep saying I needed to check a box which I could not find.

    Please help!

  2. Hi, Robert. We checked the link and it worked for us, so can’t explain the problem. BUT just show up! Signing up ahead of time nad giving us all that info isn’t really necessary – just come.

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