DAY BY DAY SCHEDULE
|DAY I -Tues., May 14-Depart MIAMI for Amsterdam, Netherlands.
|DAY 2 -Weds., May 15-Arrive Amsterdam's Schipol airport. Transfer
to Hotel. City orientation tour including the Singel Flower Market.Take
a canal cruise and visit the Hortus Botanicus, founded in
1682. Enjoy welcome dinner at hotel.
|DAY 3 -Thurs., May 16-THE FLORIADE, a world horticultural exhibition
which takes place every 10 years. Theme-"Feel the Art of Nature".
Displays of every aspect of Dutch horticulture from vegetables and fruits
mushrooms, bulbs, flowers, plants and trees with exhibitors from all
over the world.
|DAY 4 - Fri., May 17-An early start to visit the Aalsmeer
Flower Auction, the world's largest flower auction. Continue on to
the multi-colored bulbfields on the way to visit the Keukenhof Exhibition,
a 70 acre estate where six million bulbs are planted annually by local
Complete the day with a visit to Franz Roozen Nurseries.
|DAY 5 - Sat., May 18-Depart Amsterdam for Apeldoorn. Travel
thru quaint Dutch villages to visit the magnificent Hortus
Bulborum in Limmen. See a collection of over 100 varities of tulips,
some dating back to the 17th
and 18th centuries. Visit the private garden of Mr.and Mrs. Hobijn,
filled with herbaceous plants, bulbs, tubers and roses.
The museum, a patchwork-planted field called the Hortus
Bulborum, helps preserve the gene pool for use by modern hybridizers,
and stands as a monument to the reverence of the Dutch for tulips and other
bulb flowers for which they are famous.
|DAY 6 - Sun., May 19-Leave Amsterdam for London England. Enjoy
a guided sightseeing tour and a visit to the Museum of Garden History.
DAY 7 - Mon., May 20-A morning drive thru scenic North Cotswold
to Hidcote Manor Garden, one of the most famous in Britain. After
lunch continue on to Old Mill Dene, a 2-1/2 acre garden built around
a millpond and stream. It includes a grotto and trompe-l'oeil. Complete
the day with a visit to Sudeley
Castle, a medieval castle with a garden which includes old tunnels
of yew surrounding lawns studded with topiary shapes of golden and common
Hidcote Manor Garden in the Cotswolds
was created this century and is one of the most delightful
in England. A series of small gardens -outdoor“rooms”- are separated
by walls, hedges, and rare shrubs and trees.
The Queen's Garden at Sudley Castle
|Ian Billot, Sudeley's head gardener since 1992, was enchanted
when he first saw the Gardens at Sudeley. 'Every garden should
be a continuation of the house it surrounds', he says, and
Sudeley is nearly perfect.
The glory of Sudeley today is the Queen's Garden,
laid out in the 1850's on the site of the old Tudor parterre. The
magnificent double yew hedges were planted in 1856, but what was originally
a very formal herb garden is now the site for one of the most spectacular
plantings of old fashioned roses in England.
Begun in 1988, there are now over 800 roses planted and,
from May onwards, the profusion of colour and scent which spills over onto
the circular beds of aromatic herbs below is intoxicating to all
Sudeley's gardens are for all seasons. Even in winter
there is magic and grandeur in the skeletal silhouettes of trees which
echo the sculpted outlines of the Castle itself. In spring the lawns
are carpeted with anemones, crocuses, snowdrops and daffodils. In
the summer each garden shows a different splendour, and as October approaches,
the palette of colours which Sudeley displays is matchless
|DAY 8 – Tues., May 21-Travel to Kent, considered " The Garden of
England" to visit two of England's most popular gardens, Sissinghurst,
perhaps Britain's most famous created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband
Sir Harold Nicolson. Complete the day with a visit to the garden of the
renowned author and designer Christopher Lloyd, Great Dixter. (view
|DAY 9 - Wed., May 22-Early departure for the spectacular CHELSEA
FLOWER SHOW on
Members Only Day, Britain's premier horticultural show of the
year and a mecca for garden lovers. A return transfer will be available
at 3:00pm or depart at your leisure as the show is from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
Wychford Pottery at the Chelsea Flower Show
|DAY 10 - Thurs., May 23-After breakfast transfer to the airport
for the return flight to Miami.
|Included in the package is:
Air Miami to Amsterdam and London to Miami
8 Night hotels 4 in Amsterdam, 4 in London
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
Private coach for all transfers, excursion and transportation according
Professional tour guide throughout the program
Entrance fees for: Hortus Botanicus, Floriade Aalsmeer Flower Auction,
Keukenhof Exhibition, Franz Roozen Nurseries, Hortus Bulborum, Hobjin private
garden, Museum of Garden History, Hidcote Manor, Old Mill Dene private
garden, Sudeley Castle, Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Chelsea Flower Show
Airfare Amsterdam to London
Membership in the Royal Horticultural Society
TOTAL COST based on double occupancy:
Tips for local services, restaurants, coach driver and tour escort.
Personal items such as laundry, phone calls, gifts, etc.
(Single supplement 750.00 p.p.)
TERMS and CONDITIONS:
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND that customers purchase trip cancellation
and interruption insurance.
A deposit of $500.00 per person to guarantee the space.
A second deposit of $500.00 per person due Monday, January 7,
Final Payment due Wednesday February 6, 2002.
$100.00 per person nonrefundable
After final payment, 100 per cent nonrefundable
Space is limited and a minimum of 20 passengers must sign up for
trip to secure this rate.
The garden of the renowned
author and designer Christopher Lloyd, Great Dixter.