Thursday, 22 May 2014

Last Chance to Book...

Paris & the Île de France
Last chance to join our tour hosted by Gardens Illustrated editor Juliet Roberts and plantsman John Hoyland to the gardens of Paris and Île de France, including a visit to the Journées des Plantes plant fair at Château de Courson.
On our French excursion we take you from the grand public parks and châteaux, to the hidden corners of Paris rich in gardens, discover exuberant potagers, consider the works of contemporary garden designers, as well as visits to the private gardens of Judith Pillsbury (owner of Nicole de Vésian’s Provencal garden) and Mark Rudkin (landscape architect). We capture the charm of the gardens, learn about their history and get to understand their design. PLUS we’ll visit the highlight of the French gardening calendar, Courson’s plant fair Journées des Plantes held in the château’s grounds. 
The tour is based at the 4* Hôtel du Panthéon in Paris and Hôtel les Pléiades in Barbizon in the forest of Fontainebleau – once the retreat of artists, now a peaceful base for this special garden tour.


As editor of gardens illustrated Juliet has an understanding of the finest international gardens – be they historic or the work of our best contemporary designers. In Paris she’s keen to explore the gardens that made the city great as well as introducing you to some of Europe’s top plantspeople at Courson

Having owned nurseries both in the UK and France, John has an expert knowledge and appreciation of gardens and planting. He is a regular writer for national magazines and newspapers including gardens illustrated, and is garden adviser to Glyndebourne in Sussex.

Click link to Podcast: John describing the Gardens of Paris

The price per person sharing is £2,498 
(single supplement of £380 levied by the hotel)
The price includes all meals and accommodation at Hôtel du Panthéon, Paris and Hôtel Les Pléiades, Barbizon and return Eurostar service from London to Paris.
Please note: This tour involves a lot of walking, often on uneven ground. 

For further information about this trip, day-to-day activities, hotel accommodation and details of how to book, please contact:

Boxwood Tours, Rhiw, Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45 2NT, UK.
Tel +44 (0)1341 241717
NOTE itineraries are subject to confirmation. Places are limited, so early booking is recommended. 
This tour has been arranged for readers of Gardens Illustrated by Boxwood Tours, Quality Garden Holidays, a specialist garden-tour company set up in 1990 and directed by Sue and Brian Macdonald, Kew-trained, professional gardeners.

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