The best tour I've done to date! We toured the fabulous gardens in the Cotswolds and made a special visit to the Chelse Flower Show. HRH Prince Charles' garden Highgrove may have been the most amazing thing we've done yet. A champagne tea at Highgrove sent us all into paroxysims of ectasy. As much as we loved the gardens, staying at the Ellenborough Park Hotel made us want to spend a month there rather than just five nights.


One of the best tours I've ever done was in the southeast of England and included a visit to the Chelse Flower Show. Great Dixter and a private two-hour walk-around with Fergus Garrett was breathtaking. Sissinghurst was enchanting as always - you know Vita Sackville-West is watching over the garden.


We ventured even further abroad by starting this tour in Amersterdam (Netherlands) to see the Floriade which occurs once a decade, the Dutch Aalsmeer Flower Auction, and amazing gardens before heading back to England and the Chelsea Flower Show by way of Belgium. With 38 members on this tour and Felder Rushing as horticultural host, I decided to keep future groups to a maximum of 16!


Scotland was the venue for my third tour. It has become one of my favorite places to visit. I am Presbyterian and I feel a deep kinship to this rocky, hard, untamed land with endless, craggy vistas. This was not a popular tour and we only had 13 people but we had a great time and saw wonderful gardens.


The next year we ventured across the Channel to France and added more gardens to our repetoire. Travelling through the chunnel was an experience as was Paris. Thirty people from all over the USA and Canada made this an interesting group. Bob Polomski joined us again as horticulturist.


This was the first year that I took a group to England to see the Chelsea Flower Show. I had a lot of help from Dave Logan (Logans Tours) and MaryBeth Bennett, travel agent, both of whom walked me through the process. Bob Polomski was our horticulturist. There were 24 of us and I made some lasting friends.