Chloe Thomson is a passionate gardener, avid educator and award winning presenter. She’s happiest when talking about gardening, exploring other gardens or out in her own garden in the outer north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. During her 18 years in the horticultural industry she’s written for the bi-monthly Good Organic Gardening magazine, hosted a podcast and presented on Garden Gurus. She’s also written blogs and created video content for popular brands including Bunnings, Oasis Horticulture, Nylex and Cyclone. She co-founded and presented on ‘The Gardenettes’ online video series for four years, winning the Video Laurel Award from the Horticultural Media Association Australia (HMAA) for her story on Beautiful Brassicas in 2020. Chloe is also a regular guest on the 3CR Radio Gardening Show. During the depths of Melbourne lockdowns, Chloe hosted a short podcast series for Bunnings called ‘Staying Grounded’ and was awarded the Best Audio Laurel from the HMAA in 2022 for her work. In 2021 Chloe created Sprout School a unique online gardening course designed to inspire and educate anyone to be a better gardener. Running two sessions of this online course each year, Chloe’s taught over 100 students from around Australia. In 2023 Chloe presented and produced a brand new video series ‘Behind the Garden Gate’ that has been aired on YouTube. This video series is designed to take you – the viewer – into private gardens to be inspired and learn from clever garden designers and other passionate gardeners. Find Chloe on social media and YouTube by searching ‘Bean There Dug That’.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Tuesday 3 September 2024 Depart Australia
Today we board our overnight flight to London.
DAY 2 Wednesday 4 September 2024 London, Britain
On arrival in London we will be met by our private coach. We travel to visit the famous Kew Gardens, London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants and a scientific research centre of international renown. Set in 300 acres we will discover beautiful glasshouses including the iconic Palm House and its exotic rainforest; the Princess of Wales Conservatory with ten of the world’s climatic zones; and the Waterlily House with its amazing, giant lily pads. We travel to our hotel for check in. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner.
DAY 3 Thursday 5 September 2024 London
This morning we visit the RHS Wisley Flower Show. It is the Royal Horticultural Garden Societies’ autumn show. The RHS was given Wisley Estate in trust by Sir Thomas Hanbury in 1903. The Flower Show in the grounds highlights nurseries all over the country as well as specialist societies. You will marvel at the dahlia’s on show in the Dahlia Societies marquee. Chloe will lead the group around the richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and amazing glasshouses, which recreate tropical, moist temperate and dry temperate habitats in Wisley’s grounds. Trials of flowers, vegetables and fruit were expanded at Wisley and they continue to be some of the principal features of the garden. Several Chelsea Flower Show prize winning gardens are displayed in the grounds. Our visit will be an interesting look at the history of gardening in Britain. We return to the hotel early afternoon, and the rest of the day will be free to explore London. Why not book a show?
DAY 4 Friday 6 September 2024 London
This morning we will visit Hampton Court Palace and Garden. The Palace offers a fascinating insight into the activities of British monarchs from Henry VIII onwards. The garden is most famous for its Great Vine, planted in 1768, which still produces hundreds of bunches of Black Hamburg grapes each year. The Pond Gardens offer a magnificent display of bedding plants. The newly restored Privy Garden of William III is a spectacular example of baroque design, with parterres, cut work, clipped yews and spring and summer displays of 17th-century plants. This afternoon will be a delight as we visit a private “Romantic” garden. Chloe will lead the goup along a short woodland path that leads from dovecote to beehives, where we will see informal planting that contrasts with formal topiary, this includes box and garlanded cisterns. We also see a colourful courtyard, a conservatory and a pond with a fountain.
DAY 5 Saturday 7 September 2024 Stratford-upon-Avon, Britain
Today we travel east through the beautiful English countryside to visit Stourhead. Chloe will take the group on a tour of delightful Stourhead and explain the visionary design of Henry Hoare II. It is claimed by many that this garden is the greatest surviving example of a classical garden.
DAY 6 Sunday 8 September 2024 Stratford-upon-Avon
This morning we travel west to beautiful Gloucestershire. We first visit Bourton House, an inspiring garden offering an alternative to a traditional country house garden. The geometric potager is a particular delight. Well-kept lawns, quiet gardens, a knot garden and Cotswold’s stone walls are set off by herbaceous borders. In the afternoon we visit Sezincote. We travel along a long, dark avenue to enter the property, where we are surprised to see an English country house built in the Mogul-style of Rajasthan architecture. The cool and elegant curving Orangery frames the Persian garden of Paradise in the south which has been laid out with canals and Irish yews. Streams and pools are lined with great clumps of bog plants. Chloe and the tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby.
DAY 7 Monday 9 September 2024 Stratford-upon-Avon
The morning is free to explore the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. This afternoon we depart to visit two of the finest gardens in England. We first visit Hidcote, one of the most notable gardens in the world. It was created by self-taught gardener, Lawrence Johnson in the early part of the 20th century with a fabulous sense of design and great planting skills, using mainly 19th century varieties. We continue and travel the short distance to Kiftsgate Court. This garden is full of colour and scent. The magnificent old species of roses are the glory of the garden. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon. The evening will be free to explore the many charming local restaurants.
DAY 8 Tuesday 10 September 2024 Stratford-upon-Avon
We will depart for our visit to Sudeley Castle Garden this morning. Described as one of the most beautiful castles to visit in England, there is so much to discover at Sudeley Castle. There are 10 magnificent gardens to explore, each with its own unique style and design. Later we travel through the Cotswolds to Snowshill Manor. The honey-coloured house looks over a picturesque valley and contains the collection of artefacts assembled by Charles Wade. We will enjoy the organically gardened cottage garden with a wide range of spring flowers, bulbs and roses.
DAY 9 Wednesday 11 September 2024 Wicklow, Ireland
Today we travel to London Heathrow for our flight to Dublin. On arrival we travel south to Wicklow. Chloe and the tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby.
DAY 10 Thursday 12 September 2024 Wicklow
Today we visit Powerscourt House and Gardens, one of Ireland’s showpiece gardens. The garden dates from 1841 and is the design of Daniel Robertson. A central stairway, which descends through the amphitheater of six terraces with statuary and formal beds leads to the Triton pool. Later additions include a woodland garden planted with North American tree specimens. We continue with a visit to the exquisite 22 acre gardens of Mount Usher, which was laid out in 1868. The Vartry River flows through the gardens under bridges and over weirs. Chloe will lead the group along the maple walk, where we will see Japanese Maples and Golden Larch some might have changed into beautiful autumn colour.
DAY 11 Friday 13 September 2024 Cork, Ireland
We travel to Ballymaloe House and Garden today. This is the home of the cookery school founded by Davina Allen, the originator of the slow food movement in Ireland. We will enjoy a guided tour of the garden. We continue to Cork, the second-largest city in the Republic of Ireland. We will enjoy a dinner at our hotel this evening.
DAY 12 Saturday 14 September 2024 Cork
This morning we visit Fotae House and Garden, which was laid out in the first half of the 19th century by James Smith-Bury. We will visit the gorgeous sunken Italianate garden and the stunning rose garden. We will have time to explore the arboretum, which contains many unusual species. We continue our journey to visit the three acre Glenview garden. It features a white sunken garden, a Mediterranean and Japanese garden as well as a beautiful wildflower meadow. The rest of the day will be free to explore Cork city individually.
DAY 13 Sunday 15 September 2024 Bantry, Ireland
Today we travel to visit Bantry House, the home of the White’s since the 18th century. We will explore the formal gardens, which consists of seven terraces overlooking Bantry Bay from where we get glorious views. The North Terrace has 14 round beds surrounded by statues, which were bought home from the Grand Tour. In the afternoon we travel by ferry to Garnish Island, where we visit Glengarriff. It is a renowned for its beautiful gardens, which are laid out between walks. We will see stunning specimen plants and a Mortello Tower. This can be climbed by fit tour members. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby to suggest restaurants for dinner.
DAY 14 Monday 16 September 2024 Bantryy
We visit Muckross House and Garden this morning. This 19th-century mansion is set against the stunning backdrop of the Killarney National Park. The garden was established in the 1850’s with a sunken garden, a rock and a stream garden. We then travel around the Iveragh Peninsula, stopping at a traditional pub to enjoy an included pint and a bite to eat. As we travel around the Ring of Kerry we will see a rugged coastal landscape and rural villages, with every turn there a treat for the eye.
DAY 15 Tuesday 17 September 2024 Dublin, Ireland
Today we first visit a truly unique garden full of colour and inspiration, Knockpatrick gardens. The garden has an exceptional variety of flowers, shrubs and trees. We continue with our journey across picturesque central Ireland to Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland and well-known as being a place of friendliness and ‘craic’, and a city well over 1000 years old. Ireland’s famous capital is located on the River Liffey and looks seawards to its port and the waters of Dublin Bay.
DAY 16 Wednesday 18 September 2024 Dublin
We will enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide this morning. We see elegant Georgian squares and streets including Merrion Square laid out in 1762. We see Trinity College founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. It was developed according to the traditions of Oxford and Cambridge. Many buildings were added to the university in the 18th and 19th century. We visit Grafton Street, Dublin’s finest pedestrian shopping street. We see Leinster House converted to house the Republican parliament in 1922 and St Stephen’s Green, formally common land, enclosed in 1663. They are now beautifully landscaped gardens. In the afternoon we will have free time to explore Dublin. Perhaps visit an art gallery or do some shopping.
DAY 17 Thursday 19 September 2024 Dublin
This morning we first visit June Blake’s garden, a rare fusion of inspired design and painterly planting, situated in the townland of Tinode in County Wicklow. Within it are many different areas of interest. These include swathes of naturalistic, prairiestyle planting, sculptural landforms, a flower meadow and generous stretches of woodland. We will enjoy a guided tour of the garden. In the afternoon we visit Dummartin Garden near Dublin. Chloe will lead us along a stone path to the Urn walk. We will continue to the Mediterranean garden, where gravel paths are interspersed by flower beds, grasses and terracotta pots. In the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate the wonderful time we have had on the tour.
DAY 18 Friday 20 September 2024 Depart
This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Australia.
DAY 19 Saturday 21 September 2024 In flight
DAY 20 Sunday 22 September 2024 Arrival Australia
The group arrives in Australia and tour arrangements conclude.
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Included Air taxes from capital cities as 30/6/23 - $ 200
International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the assistance from others.
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“The whole tour was wonderful and the group was a good mix of personality. The gardens visited were interesting and varied.”
“Very enjoyable. Good mix of people in the group.”