Thursday, 12 July 2018

Read Tom Attwood's article: Fail-safe Borders


The Telegraph Lakeland Collection with Helen Yemm

Wednesday, 27 June 2018


HORTUS goes to the Southern Netherlands

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Italian Tours Update

Book Early!
We advise early booking as, of the early season tours, only the June English Garden History tour has any remaining space. The 4 late season tours are filling fast with only a few rooms now available on the 2 Italian garden tours: Gardens Illustrated, 'Gardens of the Italian Lakes' and the COUNTRY LIFE tour of the 'Gardens of Amalfi & the Bay of Naples'.

Italy Tours: Back-to-Back Offer
We are assisting travellers booking on both tours with flights from Milan to Naples to give 10 glorious days of Italian Garden visits staying in some of the best hotels in Italy.... Contact the Boxwood office for more details.

STOP PRESS: Only 1 single place now available for this offer.....

New Articles
There are now 2 articles written for COUNTRY LIFE by Steven Desmond available to read via the following links:

'Capri's Precious Masterpiece'; Villa San Michele, by Steven Desmond

'One of the great gardens of the world'; Steven Desmond on La Mortella

Hotel Santa Caterina: Just one of the superb hotels to be enjoyed on the 'Amalfi & Bay of Naples' tour in October.....

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Another 'Secret History of British Gardens'

Taking Bookings
At the time of writing, we are still taking bookings for the Boxwood British Garden History tour: 'Down the Garden Path' tracing this unique story through the gardens & landscapes of Hampshire.
Sophie Piebenga
Popular garden tour leader, Sophie Piebenga has her own secret history: apprenticed with the National Trust; student gardener at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, followed by her doctorate in garden history at York University, Sophie is no 'ivory-tower' academic. Working with and advising garden owners in Gloucestershire as well as leading tours for Boxwood, Sophie is the ideal companion and host to introduce these gardens and their significance, needing only Monty Don's celebrity status to be a real 'star'...
A Real Winner
Bear in mind that the current leading veteran traveller of 22 Boxwood Tours, who should be able to spot a winner, has just booked on this tour..

View Monty Don's acclaimed TV documentary: 'The Secret History of British Gardens'

View full details of this unique garden tour: 'Down the Garden Path'

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Highgrove Booked

Cotswolds Tour: Highgrove Visit
HRH Prince Charles's garden at Highgrove takes group bookings from February. Having had our booking confirmed this week, we are now able to include the visit in The Telegraph Gardens of the Cotswolds tour in June. To find out more about the garden and tour, click Highgrove and the tour title respectively.
Late Cancellation: Marrakech
The previously fully booked Country Life goes to Marrakech tour in March now has 2 rooms available due to an unavoidable late cancellation of a party of 3. Do telephone to check availability before booking as these rooms are likely to sell fast....
Prince Charles's Gardens at Highgrove


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

David Austin's English Roses

David Austin has made a huge contribution to rose breeding in developing his superb range of 'English Roses' selected to combine the evocative character of old rose varieties with qualities of fragrance, long-flowering, and disease resistance.
There are just 2 rooms left on The English Rose garden tour in June led by rosarian Michael Marriott who will introduce David Austin's nursery and private collection as well as many other superb gardens of Shropshire & Worcestershire.
To check availability and book on this tour, contact Boxwood Tours on 01341 241717.
Meanwhile, for those who enjoy a puzzle, try matching the David Austin roses above with the following names: Barbara Austin, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Mary Rose, Queen of Sweden, Renaissance, Royal Jubilee, and Wisley.....
To read an article written about one of the gardens featured on this tour, click the following link: 'Timeless Style', Tamsin Westhorpe on Coughton Court.....

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Tour Leader Profile: Michael Marriott

Michael Marriott is technical manager and senior rosarian of David Austin Roses and is one of the world’s most-respected rose experts. He is also well-known for his rose garden design and his common sense approach to gardening. In his work he travels the globe, often sharing his expertise in lively radio, TV, newspaper and magazine interviews.
He has been an integral part of David Austin Roses for over 30 years and at the firm’s headquarters in Albrighton he is the font of all matters relating to roses. His enthusiasm is infectious and his knowledge of roses is encyclopaedic, including the species roses, the old roses, climbers and ramblers, the best modern roses and of course David Austin’s English Roses. Michael has played an important part in the development and popularization of English Roses and therefore has intimate knowledge of all of the 200 plus English Roses bred and introduced by David Austin Roses. He is particularly enthusiastic about the very varied fragrances to be found in roses having worked side-by-side with famed “rose nose” Robert Calkin.
As a garden designer, he is known for dense romantic beds whether purely roses or mixed in with perennials. He has designed many rose gardens around the world of varying sizes, both public and private. Public gardens where he has designed rose gardens and borders include the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Queen Mary’s Rose Garden in Regent’s Park, Hampton Court Palace, Wynyard Hall and Trentham Gardens. His private clients are primarily in the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe, but he has also worked on gardens in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia and even Bhutan.
An advocate of practical gardening techniques and organic methods for rose gardeners, he is regularly called upon to conduct workshops, give lectures and write articles for audiences and publications of varying levels of expertise in many different countries.
A keen gardener, he recognized his passion for plants at an early age, he believes that a good gardener starts by choosing appropriate plants and varieties for his or her garden’s growing conditions, then backs it up with sound soil management. His own gardens have always been run on organic principles. Selecting only the healthiest varieties of roses and other plants, he used companion plants to attract beneficial insects.
Read more about Michael Marriott: Wordpress Blog
Join Michael on 'The English Rose', Boxwood Quality Garden Tour, June 2018: The English Rose