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Garden study tour

Can anyone recommend a garden study tour? I am interested in historic and contemporary garden landscape design and planting. Many thanks for any suggestions.

Comments (4)

  1. Grower

    Good Earth Gardens

    I would be interested in that idea too, sorry I can't think of any off the top of my head!

  2. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    This site:
    ..have some study days and tours, you have to "search" the site for the word tour in order to find the pdf that lists them.

    It's not clear if this is the same thing or not:

    This one seems to be a language school, but it's definitely a garden tour:

    The University of Bristol has some:
    and it would probably be worth checking the websites of other institutions.

    I found this lot by typing the phrase "garden study tour historic and contemporary garden" into google, so you could try that and see what you get?

  3. Grower


    Thank you so much for this thoughtful response and the time you have taken to check ' Google ' out. I also did the same. I now need to delve a little deeper to see if one or two fits the bill. RHS also have some courses. My other thought is to just pull together my own research and put a bespoke tour together.

  4. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Shelley, you are most welcome - the trick is to put the right words in! Which might sound flippant, but it's not actually as easy as people think... anyway, I'm glad that you have found some ideas.

    In many ways, putting together your own tour is the best way: but on the other hand, if you go on an organised tour, you can sometimes be taken behind the scenes, to places where the public can't go, and usually you have a guide who knows the garden and "knows their stuff" who can draw your attention to points of interest - this can make the experience more meaningful.

    I belong to the PGG - Professional Gardeners' Guild - and they organise several outings a year, up and down the country (and abroad). I used to be a bit chary of going - why take a day off work to go round a garden when I am perfectly capable of paying the entry and going round the garden on my own? - but we do get special access (and often, tea and cake with the head gardener!) not to mention having the input of the other gardeners on the tour, which does make for a more interesting day out.

    As another thought, if there are one or two gardens that particularly interest you, it is often worth writing to them: they may well do tours from time to time, or they might invite you for a personal tour, and you can really learn a lot this way, especially if you take the time to research their garden and come up with a list of (intelligent!) questions.

    Good luck!

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