Into Levens and the Lakes

Before leaving Manchester for the Lake District, we stopped to see the superb art of 20th century painter L.S. Lowry at the Lowry Museum at Salford Quays. This spectacular complex was opened in 2000 by the Queen. It was part of a major transformation of the former derelict dock lands. Lowry painted dramatic landscapes of factories and mills with smoking chimneys...

Time to see great gardens in England, Wales and Ireland

Today I am heading to the UK to lead two garden tours in England, Wales and Ireland, starting in Manchester, then to the Lake District and North Wales, then over to Dublin and southern Ireland and from there down to London for the magnificent Chelsea Flower Show. More than 60 people are coming with me; 30 on each tour. It is going to wonderful. To get...

Upcoming England-Wales-Ireland Tour

Next month, I will be leading two back-to-back garden tours to England, North Wales, Ireland and then to the Chelsea Flower Show in London. Each day of these tours I will be posting stories and photographs here. You can follow along with us as we move. And you will get to see and hear about some of the fabulous gardens...

My garden tours are a big hit

Over the past eight years, I have led 20 garden tours around the world. My first tour was a cruise around Italy and to Croatia, starting in Rome and visiting Florence and Sicily and Venice and seeing some spectacular gardens on the way - Villa d'Este outside Rome, Boboli garden in Florence, Villa Cimbrone in Ravello and the botanical...

Golden memories of great Welsh garden Powis Castle

In May, I will be taking a group to North Wales to see some of the loveliest gardens there. One of them is Powis Castle garden, just outside Welshpool. I have been there twice before. The first time, I walked down the terraces from the house (castle) with its red brick walls and to the Orangery where I saw a magnificent...

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