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...............HORTUS GARDEN TOURS - 2022




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....................................21-24 March

.......................................Cornwall
..........................A Magnolia Extravaganza
We have a tour to celebrate the magnificence of magnolias in Cornish gardens, 21–24 March, where our small and convivial group will stay at Olga Polizzi’s distinguished Tresanton Hotel, overlooking the sea at St Mawes. Sophie Piebenga will again lead this tour, which is hosted by Charles Fox, at whose Glendurgan, perched above the Helford River, we will have lunch on the second day. Other highlights include guided tours of Caerhays Castle gardens by head gardener Jaimie Parsons, and of Trewithen by fellow head gardener Gary Long.








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........................................16-20 May

..........................................Tangier
...............................The Private Garden

HORTUS then whisks a few of us off to Tangier (16–20 May) again in the delightful and knowledgeable company of Kirsty Fergusson, residing at the luxurious El Minzah Hotel, situated above the bay and busy port. This is new territory for us, following extremely successful tours of gardens in and around Marrakech. Most of the gardens on this itinerary are private, including Rohuna, home of Italian writer Umberto Pasti (his ‘scandalous and alarming’ thriller, The Age of Flowers was published in 2006; his Eden Revisited: A Garden in North Morocco in 2019) and that of internationally renowned London antiques dealer Gordon Watson – aka ‘Pasha of Tangier’ – who will host us at a lantern-lit dinner in the grounds of his lush semi-tropical domain. And no visit to Tangier could be contemplated without an excursion to Hortus-enthusiast Madison Cox’s cliff-top garden, beautifully portrayed by Simon Dorrell on the cover of HORTUS 135 (Autumn 2020). See also Kirsty Fergusson’s article about the gardens of Tangier in the same issue.




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...................................19-23 September

...............................South-west Scotland
..................Gardens of Dumfries and Galloway
In great contrast, next September HORTUS goes to Dumfries & Galloway in south-west Scotland, where a horticulturally-rich pro- gramme led by Sophie Piebenga and hosted by Adam Wilkinson will take us to Dumfries House, part of the Prince’s Foundation (where lunch is also scheduled) and Broughton House, Edwardian home and studio of Scottish artist and one of the influential ‘Glasgow Boys’, Edward Arnold Hornel (1864–1933), set in a botanical fusion where East meets West. And to show what delights the Gulf Stream allows gardeners to grow this far north, our visit to the Logan Botanic Garden lets us explore a wide range of plants from Australia, South America, South Africa and such Atlantic islands as Madeira and the Canaries.
....Full details from Arena Travel, Boxwood Garden Tours
..........................Telephone 0333 220 4432

.....................website: www.arenatravel.com.
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