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From botanical wonders in Australia to tranquil havens closer to home in Ireland, let this guide help you to discover some of the most glorious gardens around the world

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Tresco Abbey Gardens

Tresco's powdery white sands and clear turquoise inlets are what first greets the approaching visitor — and what a greeting it is. This little island is a subtropical paradise just off the coast of Cornwall. A blooming delight all year round, its gardens boast bountiful colour even on the darkest of winter days. Start with a guided tour of the botanic mastery that is the island's Abbey Gardens, then follow it up by exploring the island's beaches and inlets yourself - pure bliss!

For 25 years, Brightwater Holidays has provided well-planned and expert-led garden and special interest tours to individuals, private clubs and societies everywhere. If you're looking for a trip that doesn't follow the crowds, then step this way. From exploring the jungles of Costa Rica and the botanical triumphs of Japan, to experiencing the remoteness of the Scottish Highlands and islands, you really can do it all on a Brightwater Holiday.

The tours offer the opportunity to explore popular places and private spaces not normally open to the public, all while relaxing in complete comfort and travelling in the company of expert guides and like-minded friends. Simply set the destination, budget, group size and any extras, and Brightwater will sort the rest. It will arrange all transport, accommodation and entry costs, as well as providing Tour Managers to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Find out more
Web: www.brightwaterholidays.org
Email:
Phone: 01334 657155

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Highgrove and Cotswolds

Consider this your cordial invitation to explore the private garden of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. Led by the Prince's guides, this exclusive tour provides the perfect royal introduction to the bucolic delights of the Cotswolds. But the tour doesn't begin and end at Highgrove - not when some of the country's finest gardens are found nestled among the rolling hills of Gloucestershire: Abbey House Gardens' spectacular herbs, Hidcote Manor's contrasting 'garden rooms', Kiftsgate's splendid floricultural vistas and, of course, Westonbirt, the National Arboretum. Each plays a key role in this magnificent tour.

For 25 years, Brightwater Holidays has provided well-planned and expert-led garden and special interest tours to individuals, private clubs and societies everywhere. If you're looking for a trip that doesn't follow the crowds, then step this way. From exploring the jungles of Costa Rica and the botanical triumphs of Japan, to experiencing the remoteness of the Scottish Highlands and islands, you really can do it all on a Brightwater Holiday.

The tours offer the opportunity to explore popular places and private spaces not normally open to the public, all while relaxing in complete comfort and travelling in the company of expert guides and like-minded friends. Simply set the destination, budget, group size and any extras, and Brightwater will sort the rest. It will arrange all transport, accommodation and entry costs, as well as providing Tour Managers to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Find out more
Web: www.brightwaterholidays.org
Email:
Phone: 01334 657155

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Glenveagh Gardens

This is the great garden of County Donegal. At the centre of the vast wilderness that is Glenveagh National Park, and placed for romantic effect by the lake shore, Glenveagh Castle is surrounded by magical woodland gardens.

The original Victorian garden for Mrs Adair dates to 1885 and the gardens were further developed in the mid-20th century for Henry McIlhenny, assisted by Jim Russell and Lanning Roper. The Pleasure Grounds are planted with rhododendrons and magnolias, while the Walled Garden is packed with colour and produce from March to October.

Managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Find out more
Web: www.glenveaghnationalpark.ie
Email:
Phone: 076 1002537

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Mornington Garden

Mornington is not a huge garden (it's only three-quarters of an acre) but it offers a wonderful atmosphere of peace and beauty. Located near the heritage village of Dalkey, the garden was planted in the mid-1930s and features trees, shrubs, herbaceous borders and water features. It's open to visitors by appointment.

Find out more
Web: www.dalkeygardenschool.com
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Phone: 087 225 6365

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Carlow is a treasure trove of wonderful gardens to visit. Some of the best in Ireland are located here, including the beautiful Altamont Gardens and Arboretum Home & Garden Centre, which is regarded as the best garden centre in the country. What makes the Carlow Garden Trail so special is the unique range of large and small gardens that are lovingly cared for, with amazing plants, shrubs and trees at every turn. The trail includes great old gardens that have been lovingly restored and maintained throughout the years, and smaller gardens that are maturing beautifully with time, so there is something to stimulate both the novice and experienced gardener.

Known for its mild and temperate climate, County Carlow in Ireland's sunny south east is the ideal destination for your gardening trip. Located 90km from the ferry and airports of Dublin and Rosslare, Carlow's central location also offers the perfect base to explore the bordering counties of Wexford, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Kildare and Laois. Open all year round, the Carlow Garden Trail currently features 21 different gardening attractions.

Find out more
Web: www.carlowgardentrail.com
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Phone: +353 (0) 59 9130411

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RHS Garden Rosemoor

RHS Garden Rosemoor is an award-winning hidden gem located in a sheltered valley in Devon. Boasting 65 acres of formal and informal gardens, including the iconic Hot Garden, Cottage Garden and The Fruit and Vegetable Garden, plus woodlands, a lake, stream and waterfall. Rosemoor is also home to the largest rose gardens in the Southwest. Open every day except Christmas Day, it is delightful throughout every season and offers over 100 events, short courses and workshops to help inspire everyone to grow. Complete your visit with great food and drink, and shopping, in the fully-stocked Plant Centre and Gift Shop.

Find out more
Web: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor
Email:
Phone: 01805 624067

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RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey is the flagship garden of the RHS and is one of the UK's best-loved gardens. As a hub of horticultural excellence and a top visitor attraction, the garden provides visitors with 240 acres to explore, and is home to some of the largest plant collections anywhere in the globe. It showcases inspirational gardening planting schemes and a cathedral-like glasshouse, which is home to the RHS's world-class tender plant collection. Each season boasts horticultural highlights, such as spring blossom, summer roses, autumn colour and winter interest, alongside an appealing programme of family-friendly events.

Find out more
Web: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley
Email:
Phone: 01483 224234

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RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Nestled in the heart of rural Essex, you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Hyde Hall, with its eclectic mix of styles from traditional to modern. With lots of space to think and breathe you'll find something to delight and inspire at every turn. Highlights include the Dry Garden with its fantastic range of drought-resistant plants, and the Hilltop Garden with its roses and herbaceous borders. There's also a Global Growth Vegetable Garden showcasing vegetables from around the world. Facilities at the garden include a café, restaurant, gift shop and plant centre.

Find out more
Web: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall
Email:
Phone: 01245 400256

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Open all year, this family-friendly garden will inspire and delight all ages. Enjoy dramatic herbaceous borders, wildflower meadows, a large kitchen garden, an alpine house, woodland and streamside walks, all with dramatic seasonal planting displays. Children will enjoy the natural play features in the garden including the Tree House, bird hide and chicken run, plus holidays packed with family activities. The garden is also an inspirational backdrop for craft exhibitions, seasonal horticultural shows, summer outdoor theatre, music and cinema, and new winter illuminations. With Bettys Café Tea Rooms located in the garden, and a large RHS Plant Centre and shop, there is plenty to keep the family occupied.

Find out more
Web: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr
Email:
Phone: 01423 565418

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Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden boasts an impressive collection of more than 6,000 rare and sub-tropical plants and trees. Spread across 22 acres of gardens, VBG's plantings are based on different geographical regions of the world. The garden is located in the unique microclimate of the Ventnor Undercliff, which is on average five degrees warmer than mainland UK - it really is Britain's hottest garden. In fact, it had a staggering 287 different plants in bloom one wintry New Year's Day!

Find out more
Web: www.botanic.co.uk
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Phone: 01983 855397

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Discover magnificent award-winning gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds at Hever Castle. Dating back to the 13th century, the romantic double-moated Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.

The gardens are home to an ever-changing display of wonderful plants and shrubs throughout the seasons. With 4,000 rose bushes in the Rose Garden, more than 30,000 spring bulbs and 15,000 bedding plants planted in the gardens annually, you're guaranteed a breathtaking display no matter what time of year you visit.

The Italian Garden is the setting for William Waldorf Astor's unique collection of statues and sculptures. It was inspired by Italian Renaissance gardens and is filled with fountains, grottoes and other water features.

Find out more
Web: www.hevercastle.co.uk
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Phone: 01732 865224

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Hindringham Hall Gardens

Hindringham Hall is a small manor house that looks like it's straight out of a story book with its medieval moat and fishponds, working walled vegetable garden, and the formal and informal borders that wrap around the brick and flint Tudor hall. The current owners have developed the gardens over the past 25 years and they are now open to visitors twice a week from April to October. Make time to walk round the medieval fishponds and take tea in the café beside the moat, smell the roses, watch the black swans, listen to the birdsong and enjoy the peace and beauty of this special garden.

Find out more
Web: www.hindringhamhall.org
Email:
Phone: 01328 878226

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Iford Manor - Peto Garden

The romantic Grade I-listed Peto Garden was created by the Edwardian architect Harold Peto while he lived at Iford Manor from 1899-1933. In the garden, tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley near Bath, you'll find paths twisting and turning around ancient statues, columns, terraces and architecture, surrounded by ebullient planting schemes and leading you onto delight after delight.

Set in 2.5 acres, this steep, terraced, Italianate garden affords the visitor wonderful views of the valley, which can be especially enjoyed from the casita, loggia and cloisters. Steeped in history, a visit to Peto Garden is often described as stepping into another world.

Find out more
Web: www.ifordmanor.co.uk
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Phone: 01225 863146

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Chelsea Physic Garden

Hidden in the heart of London, Chelsea Physic Garden is a peaceful oasis and centre for learning.

Founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1673 for apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants, by the 18th century it was one of the world's most important centres of botany and plant exchange.

Today, its features include Europe's oldest rockery, the Garden of Medicinal Plants, and the World Woodland Garden. Over time the garden has evolved, but it remains a place that cultivates plants and ideas.

Find out more
Web: www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
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Phone: 01732 865224

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The gardens at Gravetye Manor are a very special place and can be considered among the most influential in English gardening history. The house, with its Grade II-listed gardens, was once the home of pioneering Victorian gardener William Robinson, the father of the English flower garden. Robinson's ideas about naturalised planting - allowing nature to flow into the garden - were groundbreaking. Now, head gardener Tom Coward, previously of Great Dixter, focuses on conserving and re-creating Robinson's work, as well as progressing the garden in homage to his experimental style of gardening. Today Gravetye is a mature, charming and very beautiful garden.

Find out more
Web: www.gravetyemanor.co.uk
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Phone: 01342 810567

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Ballymaloe Cookery School is famous worldwide as a centre of culinary excellence, but it also has spectacular gardens. Winner of the EGHN Special Award for Kitchen Gardens in 2016, the collection of separate formal and production gardens provides plenty of interest for even the most seasoned garden traveller. As well as the main gardens, there is the spectacular shell house, a full-grown Celtic maze in Yew and Hornbeam, and a four-acre vegetable production area, which includes one acre of glasshouses, all open to garden visitors - it's well worth a visit. There is a shop and café on site in the summer.

Find out more
Web: www.ballymaloecookeryschool.ie
Email:
Phone: + 353 21 464 6785

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Hotel Endsleigh

Beautiful Endsleigh, now owned by the hotelier Olga Polizzi, is set in 108 acres of gardens, woodlands, follies and grottos created by Humphry Repton. Designed 200 years ago, this was one of Humphry Repton's last commissions and brings together the multitude of landscaping elements for which Repton was renowned. Immediately surrounding the house are formal gardens running down to the River Tamar. You'll also find a picturesque dell with little bridges crossing streams, huge Gunnera leaves and wonderful picnic spots here. Beyond the formal gardens is the arboretum, which contains unusual trees from around the world, still standing in the spots marked out with bamboo canes by Gerogina, The Duchess of Bedford, over 200 years ago. Some of the trees are national champions.

Find out more
Web: www.hotelendsleigh.com
Email:
Phone: 01822 870000

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Hunting Brook Gardens, home to horticulturalist Jimi Blake, is set in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland. A modern garden set in an ancient woodland landscape, it's famous for its borders, which are a contemporary fusion of prairie and tropical planting. With his passion for plants, Jimi vets all contenders for the garden and only the very best find a home here. Hunting Brook has one of Ireland's largest private collections of plants, and there are many examples of the fiercely colourful and theatrically beautiful large-scale planting combinations for which Jimi has become so well known.

Find out more
Web: www.huntingbrook.com
Email:
Phone: 087 285 6601

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Claude Monet Garden

Welcome to the world of the painter and gardener Claude Monet. For more than 40 years, until his death in 1926, Giverny was his home, his site of creation and his masterpiece. A world of senses, colours and memories, the house in which the artist and his family lived notably contains his studio-sitting room, and his exceptional collection of Japanese prints. The gardens are composed of the Clos Normand, with its flowerbeds, and the Water Garden, planted with Oriental vegetation, weeping willows and water lilies, plus its Japanese bridge painted green.

Find out more
Web: www.fondation-monet.com
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Phone: +33 (0) 232 51 28 21

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Versailles

The gardens of the Palace of Versailles are a superb example of French-style formal gardens. Designed in 1661 by André Le Nôtre, the grounds boast 372 statues, 55 water features, 600 fountains, 35km of canals, countless immaculately clipped topiaries and a spectacular orangery. ECT Travel can create bespoke, small group tours to this world-class garden, combining a day at Versailles with guided visits to other gardens such as the extraordinary rose garden, Roseraie de Bagatelle with its 1,200 different species of rose, and Château de Fontainebleau, home to the largest formal garden in Europe.

Find out more
Web: www.ecttravel.com
Email:
Phone: 0800 298 0588

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Royal Greenhouses Laeken

The annual opening of Belgium's Royal Greenhouses at Laeken is one of Europe's must-see spring events. The elaborate steel and glass complex, designed in 1873 by Alphonse Balat, is home to many rare and valuable plant species, including varieties of azaleas and geraniums, which come into full bloom during the three-week opening. ECT Travel's weekend tour to Laeken also coincides with Floralia Brussels, a colourful and fragrant show of one million bulbs set in the park of the 17th-century Groot-Bijgaarden Castle. The tour ends with visits to the beautiful, historic gardens of Les Jardins d'Annevoie and Chateau Freyr.

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Web: www.ecttravel.com
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Phone: 0800 298 0588

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Keukenhof

Keukenhof's annual spring festival is one of the world's most spectacular floral events. Seven million flowering bulbs turn the garden into a heady celebration of tulips, anemones, daffodils, freesias and hyacinths (themed around the idea of 'Romance in Flowers' for 2018), and there is also a spectacular sculpture area, where visitors will discover extraordinary displays created by the world's leading floriculturists. ECT Travel's weekend flight tour not only takes you to see this internationally-acclaimed garden at its vibrant best, it also includes time to explore the historic cities of Delft, Haarlem and Amsterdam.

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Web: www.ecttravel.com
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Phone: 0800 298 0588

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Rome, Ninfa and Castel Gandolfo

On this Roman adventure, ancient botanical romance is part of everyday life. Open by special arrangement, the gardens are fit for a Pope at the traditional papal residence, Castel Gandolfo. And nearby Ninfa will win you over with stunning floral displays that spill generously over poetic ruins of an ancient village. As if that wasn't entrancing enough, you'll also pay visits to the great Renaissance gardens of Villa Lante and Villa d'Este. The latter is a 16th-century spot famed for its use of water features - a spell-binding composition of cascades and fountains.

For 25 years, Brightwater Holidays has provided well-planned and expert-led garden and special interest tours to individuals, private clubs and societies everywhere. If you're looking for a trip that doesn't follow the crowds, then step this way. From exploring the jungles of Costa Rica and the botanical triumphs of Japan, to experiencing the remoteness of the Scottish Highlands and islands, you really can do it all on a Brightwater Holiday.

The tours offer the opportunity to explore popular places and private spaces not normally open to the public, all while relaxing in complete comfort and travelling in the company of expert guides and like-minded friends. Simply set the destination, budget, group size and any extras, and Brightwater will sort the rest. It will arrange all transport, accommodation and entry costs, as well as providing Tour Managers to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Find out more
Web: www.brightwaterholidays.com
Email:
Phone: 01334 657155

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Domaine de Chantilly

The gardens of the Château de Chantilly are the result of trends from different periods: the French-style garden created by André Le Nôtre in the 17th century, the Anglo-Chinese Garden in the 18th century, and the English Garden in the 19th century. These grounds provide a unique testament to the relationship between men and nature in the western world over more than three centuries. It's in this haven of 115 hectares that the Chantilly flower shows are organised twice a year, in May and October.

Find out more
Web: www.domainedechantilly.com


Phone: +33 (0)3 44 27 31 80

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Located in the Italian province of South Tyrol, The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle is encircled by Alpine peaks, and offers a unique combination of nature, culture and art from around the globe. Its mix of historical and contemporary architecture, Artist Pavilions, Experience Stations, diverse events and seasonal blooms make Trauttmansdorff an interactive experience for visitors of all ages. Named Italy's Most Beautiful Garden in 2005 and Europe's No. 6 Garden in 2006, Trauttmansdorff was honoured with the International Garden of the Year award in 2013. The botanical garden was created by Laimburg Research Centre for Agriculture, and is now part of the Agentur Landesdomäne.

Find out more
Web: www.trauttmansdorff.it
Email:
Phone: +39 0473 255600

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Japan


Sengan-en

Sengan-en is a stately home and landscape garden along the coast north of downtown Kagoshima, Japan. Built in 1658 as one of the residences of the powerful Shimadzu clan, the garden's most striking feature is its use of both the active volcano, Sakurajima, and Kagoshima Bay as borrowed scenery. The subtropical gardens cover more than 12 acres and include calming ponds, gently bubbling streams, mysterious shrines, a bamboo grove and a mountain hiking trail. The Shoko Shuseikan Museum and Sengan-en were recognised as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site related to Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution in 2015.

Find out more
Web: www.senganen.jp
Email:
Phone: (+81)099-247-1551

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Singapore


Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore's awe-inspiring urban garden, is home to towering super trees, the tallest waterfall on earth and, in July 2018, the seventh edition of the biennial Singapore Garden Festival. This is the world's leading celebration of tropical gardening, and the 2018 programme promises innovative show gardens, extraordinary displays of floral artistry and competitions in which top designers vie to outdo each other with their creative flights of fancy. ECT Travel combines a trip to this inspirational event with a tour of Singapore, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. Stay in luxurious five-star hotels, see landmark sites, discover hidden gems and experience three vibrant cultures.

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Web: www.ecttravel.com
Email:
Phone: 0800 298 0588

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Morocco


Le Jardin Secret

Le Jardin Secret is opening its doors to the public for the first time in its history. The origins of the complex date back to the Saadian Dynasty, more than 400 years ago, and rebuilt in the mid-19th century, Le Jardin Secret has been the home of some of Morocco and Marrakech's most important political figures.

The exotic garden is part of the great tradition of stately Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan palaces, and as a result, visitors can discover its gardens and buildings, which are outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture. Le Jardin Secret is also filled with plants from all over the world, recalling the experimental aspect of the great gardens of Marrakech.

The Islamic garden was restored following the likely 18th century layout. Closely linked to riad structures, this type of garden is an oasis of peace, where you can indulge in idleness and contemplation thanks to the shade of the trees and the intimacy of the enclosed space.

Find out more
Web: www.lejardinsecretmarrakech.com
Email:
Phone: +212(0)524 39 00 40

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Jerusalem


The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens are a tranquil oasis in the heart of Israel's ancient city. Just a short hop from Museums Row, the gardens offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city with an impressive 30 acres under cultivation.

Wander along meandering paths and enjoy enchanted corners, water pools and shaded seating while admiring over 6,000 species of plants from all over the world - including some 400 of Israel's endangered species. You can even sit by the lake and enjoy a cool drink or fresh local food at the Caffit B'Gan Café.

Find out more
Web: www.botanic.co.il
Email:
Phone: 00 972 2 6794012

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Denver Botanic Gardens is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. The Gardens' living collections encompass specimens from the tropics to the tundra, showcasing a plant palette chosen to thrive in Colorado's semi-arid climate. This dynamic, 24-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city offers unforgettable garden experiences as well as programming for all ages, plant conservation research programmes and world-class art exhibitions. Denver Botanic Gardens strives to entertain and delight, while spreading the collective wisdom of the gardens through outreach, collaboration and education.

Find out more
Web: www.botanicgardens.org
Email:
Phone: 720-865-3500

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Western Australia

Ten days with a botanical guide in a small group. Explore nature's garden, rare and spectacular wildflowers and delightful private gardens, plus some of the iconic sights of the southern region of Western Australia. Discover rare orchids in the south of the state, which is home to more than 3,000 different species.

Highlights
• Admire the spectacular wildflowers of Western Australia
• Enjoy the Valley of the Giants and the Tree Top Walk
• Sample wines at Margaret River
• Marvel at the beauty of the Swan River on a special lunchtime cruise
• See the Secret Garden designed by Paul Bangay
• Visit private gardens not normally open to the public
• Enjoy time to explore historic Fremantle

Find out more
Web: www.botanica.travel
Email:
Phone: 0800 046 3377

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Victoria

Visit Victoria on a seven-day tour with a botanical guide in a small group. Explore Victorian homesteads, beautiful private gardens and stately mansions, combined with the spectacular scenery of the Grampians, Coonawarra and the Great Ocean Road. Stay in the famous Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld and enjoy dining at their famous restaurant.

Highlights
• Learn about the history of the homesteads and regions you visit
• Tour historic Narrapumelap Homestead
• Be captivated by the Grampians and visit private gardens
• Admire the Great Ocean Road scenery
• Discover the grand Como and Rippon Lea Mansions' gardens
• Explore historic Werribee Park Mansion and Victorian State Rose Garden
• Visit Melbourne and Geelong Botanic Gardens

Find out more
Web: www.botanica.travel
Email:
Phone: 0800 046 3377

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