Photo by Suzanne Parker.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Photo by Paul
Dear Garden Enthusiast,
Welcome to COOPERSMITH'S, North America’s
oldest and most trusted garden tour company. I’m very pleased to
announce a great lineup of exciting new tours for 2016, along with
some perennial favorites.
By popular demand, we’ve put together
a Luxury Edition tour in mid-May of the Channel
Islands, those romantic, picturesque isles located off the coast
of Brittany. Belonging neither to England nor France, the islands
of Jersey, Guernsey, and Sarkplus several other isletshave
a remarkable history of human habitation stretching back nearly
250,000 years. Enveloped by the Gulf Stream, they enjoy mild weather
the year-round, allowing for a tremendous diversity of plant life
over a total area of less than 80 square miles. Nor surprisingly,
the Islands are home to a number of memorable gardens, along with
intriguing remnants of the German Occupation during the Second World
War. Channel Islanders like to say that, in addition to their pristine
sandy beaches, they enjoy the best of both worlds: speaking like
the English, eating like the French.
A little later in the Spring, we’ll
venture up to North
Wales & Herefordshire. The former, known for its spectacular
castles and manor houses, also boasts several world-class gardens,
among them Bodnant, Erddig, and Powis Castle Gardens. Herefordshire,
a primarily rural county northwest of London, is a quiet corner
that few North Americans think of visiting. But the rewards for
going there are plentiful, among them some of the best private gardens
in Britain, and an 11th-century cathedral noteworthy for its Mappa
Mundi, the largest and most treasured medieval world map in existence.
The accommodations and meals on this tour, as on the Channel Islands,
will be nothing short of outstanding.
Dovetailing with North Wales & Herefordshire
is our first
Loire Valley tour in a decade. On this go-round, we’ll be dividing
up our time between Tours, the picturesque capital of the Loire
region, and Veigne, where we’ll savor three nights at Domaine de
la Tortiniere, a fairy-tale castle overlooking the Indre River.
Other chateaux on our itinerary include Chambord, known as the “Versailles
of the Loire Valley;” Chenonceau, erstwhile residence of Catherine
de Medici and Diane de Poitiers; and Villandry, with its splendid,
painstakingly recreated 16th-century gardens and sublime collection
of Spanish Old Master paintings.
As for the trips that we’ll be bringing
back for encore performances, Wessex
& the Isle of Wight features a four-night stay at 17th-century
Plumber Manor, one of England’s finest country house hotels, which
has been in the Prideaux-Brune family for four centuries. We’ll
be dazzled by Bath’s fascinating Museum of Costume; luxuriate in
Queen Victoria’s Osborne House; and thrill to a number of magnificent
gardens at their peak of summer beauty. On Springtime
in the Cotswolds, where all seven nights are spent at the Hine
family’s award-winning Corse Lawn House Hotel, we’ll have ample
time in world-famous gardens such as Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate
Court, along with the Malvern Spring Gardening Show, an event that
many of our clients have compared favorably to the Chelsea Flower
Show. Our longest-running tour, the Cotswolds has sold out nearly
every year since 2008. And finally, Springtime
in New Zealand, scheduled for early October, takes us to three
different regions of the country, one on the North Island, two on
the South Island, giving us a good introduction to this breathtakingly
beautiful South Pacific island nation, and the warm and welcoming
people who live there.
Come join us in 2016. And see for yourself
what makes our tours truly One-of-a-Kind!
|Paul at Borough Market, London. Borough
has become one of the largest and finest open-air food markets
in all of Europe. Photo by Suzanne Parker.
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