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Tour the Gardens and Villas of the Italian Lakes

Isola Madre Flickr
Isola Madre

If you’ve ever been on a European garden tour you know that for gardeners it’s the perfect way to travel – a great mix of cities, villages and glorious gardens, with garden-lovers as your travel companions (hardy souls that we are).

Or so I’ve been told, never having taken a garden tour myself, thanks to a non-gardening husband (or two).  But here’s a tour that even non-gardening companions would enjoy – the Gardens and Villlas of the Italian Lakes.  The dates of the tour are August 24 through September 2 (2013) and highlights include Venice, Murano Island, Doges Palace, Giardino Giusti, Como, Lugano, Switzerland, Bellagio, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Villa Cicogna Mozzoni, Isola Madre, and Isola Bella.  Most of those names are unfamiliar to me so I went looking for photos and found some.  Now I really want to go.

Collette Vacations is offering $200 off per person if you sign up now.  And if you go, take pictures and share them with us!

venice flickr


isola madre island shot
Isola Madre




alpinum garden flickr
Alpinum Garden


elephant ears on isola madre
Isola Madre


isola bella flickr
Isola Bella


bellagio italy flickr


Posted by Susan Harris.

Photo credits:  Bellagio,    Bellagio lakeAlpinum Garden, Isola Madre, Elephant Ears on Isola Madre, Isola Madre whole island,  VeniceIsola Bella.

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.

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