Gardens of Holland and England Tour 2002

May 14 - 23, 2002


Accompany Robert "Bob" Haehle, Sun Sentinel Garden Writer, Host of WIOD weekly garden program and author of several Florida garden books on this once in a decade tour.
THE FIRST TEN People to make a deposit will receive an Autographed Copy of Bob's book "A Garden Diary: A Guide to Gardening in South Florida."

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 to
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 growers.
Complete the day with a visit to Franz Roozen Nurseries.
Keukenhof Gardens
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 yew.

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. 

Sudley Gardens
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 the senses. 

 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 image)
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.
Chelsea Flower Show Wychford Pottery display
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
  • Luggage handling
  • Private coach for all transfers, excursion and transportation according to itinerary
  • 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
Not included:
  • Tips for local services, restaurants, coach driver and tour escort.
  • Personal items such as laundry, phone calls, gifts, etc.
TOTAL COST based on double occupancy:
$2995.00 p.p.
(Single supplement  750.00 p.p.)


  • A deposit of $500.00 per person to guarantee the space. 
  • A second deposit of $500.00 per person due Monday, January 7, 2002. 
  • Final Payment due Wednesday February 6, 2002.
  • $100.00 per person nonrefundable

  • After final payment, 100 per cent nonrefundable
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND that  customers purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

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.
  • ROBERT “BOB” HAEHLE  Horticulture consultant, author of Florida garden books,  Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel garden writer, host of  The Garden Show on WIOD 610AM every Sunday from 6 A.M. to 9 A.M.


For further information contact Alan or Liz Mendel
Dolphin Travel, 27 E Prospect Road, Oakland Park FL 33334 
Phone: 954-351-2002   Fax: 954-351-1222    E Mail:
All payments must be by check or money order payable to Dolphin Travel, Inc., which is acting only as agent for travelers and assumes no
responsibility for any transportation, air or ground, hotels, or employees of tour operators who may be used. Tour is operated by Expo
Garden Tours.  Attractions/accomodations may be modified at the discretion of the tour operator. Valid passport is required
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