Across the Shans - China

7-24 June 2017

A journey across the spectacular shans and vast flowery grasslands of western China, from Yunnan to Sichuan. A dazzling floral mix of slipper orchids, primulas, lilies and blue poppies is alongside colourful Tibetan monasteries and fluttering prayer flags. From flowery Cangshan north to the fabulous floral wealth of north-west Yunnan and the botanical hotspots of Xiling Xue and Balang Shans.

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Armenia & Iran - Irises and Ancient Art

6 - 21 May 2018

Europe meets Asia in a remarkable corner of the globe and where both flowers and civilisations have intermingled for thousands of years.  Here are wonderful plants, cultural sights and diverse landscapes.  From flamboyant irises, orchids and alpine bulbs to flower-rich steppes, amidst ever-changing landscapes peppered with fabulous architectural sights.

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Arty Morocco

18-24 March 2018

Taroudant is a centre for delightful gardens and exclusive riads that has attracted world famous artists such as Claudio Bravo. Our base Dar al Housson has many exotic plants and is a haven of tranquility, perfectly suited to painting and enjoying the rich cuisine and warm weather. And Marrakesh is only a few hours drive away a delight to explore. Led by Isik Guner, our award-winning botanical artist.

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Autumn Flowers in the Cape

4-14 March 2018

South Africa's Cape flora is considered one of the wonders of the botanical world, with a dazzling array of flowers. Yet no tours focus on the remarkable late season flora, with giant red or pink brunsvigias, unique blue orchids, King Proteas, fiery heaths and blood lilies. Add to this architectural Quiver Trees on the edge of the Karoo, warm weather and beautiful landscapes, a tonic from the northern winter.

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Autumn Jewels of Rhodes & Turkey

14-25 October 2018

As the heat of summer wanes the first rains bring forth the Mediterraneans autumn jewels, a rich array of colourful bulbs that reinvigorates the landscape. This tour incorporates the best of both the Greek island of Rhodes and the rugged Taurus mountains of neighbouring Turkey, offering flora, different cultures and fine historical sights.

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Celestial Silk Road

(30 May-) 3-20 June 2018

A botanical exploration of the magnificent Tien Shan or Celestial Mountains. Beginning with giant foxtail lilies in Uzbekistan, and continuing with ice-blue trollius fringing the last snows, flower-rich tall meadows, idyllic lakes surrounded by pencil spruce and dramatic multi-coloured geology of southern Kazakhstan.

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Colourful Canaries

12-18 February 2017

Mount Teide towers above Tenerife, one of a chain of volcanic islands adrift in the Atlantic. The Canary Islands have a unique assemblage of plants and this tour offers the chance to prepare botanical drawings and paintings of some of the loveliest, set among their rugged natural habitats. Aimed at the practical use of skills in the field each day will be spent outside with wild flora in situ to prepare beautiful botanical art in the outdoor environment. 

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Corsica - a Mediterranean Garden Society Tour

16-22 April 2016

Ruggedly beautiful Corsica is swathed in flowery macchie with orchids and lavender and a coastline bathed in azure waters. Amid dramatic granite mountains are towering pines, stunning goblets of Crocus corsicus, remarkable bronze age sites, fine food and drink.

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Cyprus - Spring on the Akamas Peninsula

10-17 March 2017

Spring arrives early on Cyprus and where better to shrug off the chills of winter with a welcome botanical boost than the Akamas Peninsula an unspoilt corner of this diverse island. Nearly fifteen percent of the flora is endemic and we focus on this rich spring flora. Led by our Cyprus expert Yiannis Christofides.

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Gardens of China

7 - 22 September 2018

From the Forbidden City to magnificent Suzhou the epicentre of Chinese Gardens. Plus a five-day extension to see the gentians and Tibetan culture at Shangri-La. A two week tour with garden history expert Dr Toby Musgrave


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Gardens of Iran

 22 May - 5 June 2018

A fabulous treasure trove of gardens, exquisite architecture and magnificent scenery embody this diverse tour of Iran, along with a delicious cuisine, fine hospitality and warm weather.

Led by expert garden historian and author Dr Toby Musgrave.

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Gardens of Iran - Fam trip

8 - 17 September 2017

A fabulous treasure trove of gardens, exquisite architecture and magnificent scenery embody this diverse tour of Iran. An exciting low-cost opportunity to join us in Iran as we plan our new garden tour.

Led by expert garden historian and author Dr Toby Musgrave.

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Gardens of Japan

28 October - 4 November 2016

A tour of the magnificent gardens of Kyoto, a celebration of refined garden art.  Many are deservedly designated as UNESCO world heritage sites and Nature's warm autumnal hues will compliment these serene human masterpieces.

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Greece - Summertime in the Pindos

1-12 July 2018

Alpine turf bursts with colour at the start of summer, a swirl of violets, pinks, campanulas and stately lilies. And what better way to enjoy them than to walk in the mountains during the day, and spend comfortable nights in delightful hotels afterwards?

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Greek - Autumn Art

 23-29 October 2017

Greece in autumn is a delight. The crowds of summer have departed, but there is still warmth, wonderful light and a suite a lovely autumn flowers emerges after the first rains. Crocuses, sternbergia and cyclamen all make perfect choices to paint as do the labyrinthine streets of Byzantine Monemvasia in the Peleponese, the Greek deep south. Led by Isik Guner our award-winning botanical artist.

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Kaçkar - Summer colour in the Karadeniz ...

23-29 July 2017

Midsummer in the verdant Kackar Mountains is a time of peaceful walks and rich colours, when some of the regions loveliest flowers appear in high pastures. As the warm hues of the season gather and we can expect a charming and vibrant scene.

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Lilies of Greece

1-9 July 2017

A suite of early summer flowers illuminates the uplands of northern Greece with four beautiful lily species among them. These include the rare and lovely Lilium rhodopaeum. This tour will explore the Pindos and Southern Rhodope mountains finding many other delightful flowers besides lilies.

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Lilies of The Black Sea

20-30 June 2018

This tour traverses the north-east Karadeniz Dagları exploring a series of long, green valleys and mountain passes and features all of regions’ lilies, whilst at the same time encountering many other noteworthy and beautiful flowers too including at least twenty five species of orchids, stunning anemones, aquilegias and foxgloves.

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Lycia - Wildflowers among antiquity

2-9 April 2017

Azure seas bathe the rugged, indented coastline of Olimpos-Bey Daglari National Park, a rich assortment of scented pine forests, rocky headlands and historical sites, overlooked by the imposing, cedar-clad 2235m Tahtali Dag. Plant-life is diverse and enchanting with many endemic species only found here and a multitude of pleasant walks to explore the area.

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MGS Uzbekistan - Lure of Samarkand

9-19 April 2018

Of all of the cities along the Silk Road none resonates quite like Samarkand, arguably the very nexus of the route. The magnificent blue-tiled monuments of Timur gleam and impress. Nearby lies floral splendour with a swirl of corydalis, crocus and gorgeous irises, whilst to the west the monuments of Bukhara. And in the Tien Shan to the north a different selection of flowers awaits.

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Moonflowers, Junos & Turbans

13 - 23 April 2019

As the snows of winter recede the magnificent landscapes of Kyrgyzstan awaken with a kaleidoscope of giant fritillaries, stately pink eremurus, oceans of stunningly patterned poppies, tulips, corydalis and irresistible juno irises. The undiscovered gem of Central Asia. 

 

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Rwenzori - Mountains of the Moon

15-28 January 2017

Amidst the fabled and spectacular Rwenzori is some fascinating flora. Forests of bizarre giant groundsels are interspersed with the towering spires of giant Lobelia wollastonii, giant heather forests are draped in lichens and the paths lined with silvery Helichrysum formosissimum. The only way to come close to these extraordinary plants is to trek into the heart of these ‘Mountains of the Moon’.

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SW Australia - Kwongan and Wandoo

10-28 September 2017

Ultra-diverse northern shrublands and heaths contain one of the richest arrays of Mediterranean-climate flora in the world, with colourful bristly-stamened shrubs, dense cone-shaped banksias, orange-flowered toxic peas, scrambling carnivorous sundews and the beautiful Wreath Flower. Added to this are unique orchids, the Stirling Range, Wave Rock, excellent wineries and giant Tingle Trees.

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Turkish Long Weekends

21-24 April & 5-8 May 2017

For those that want something a little different in their busy lives our Turkish Long Weekends are designed to provide a rich experience of the culture, beautiful landscapes and botanical treasures in a short space of time. In spring the Mediterranean is bursting into life and walking among orchids and anemones to ancient sites is a delight.

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Turkish Long Weekends

24-27 October 2016

With the same emphasis as our spring tours our autumn long weekend sees rich colours fill the cedar forests as cyclamen and colchicums appear among Roman ruins and pinewoods. And the waters of the Mediterranean are still pleasantly warm for swimming.

 

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Turkish Silk Road

1-15 May 2016

Across the Anatolian heartland in search of beautiful spring flowers, fine landscapes and cultural treasure. It traces parts of the old Silk Road, from the fabled cave-churches of Cappadocia to the limestone Taurus, and wilds of the Palandokens.

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Wildflowers of Epirus - Northern Greece

15-22 May 2016

A treat for lovers of wildflowers in the Greek mountains of Epirus, where narcissus, orchids, fritillaries and harebells thrive among some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe. The mountain villages, or Zagorohoria, are built exclusively of stone and their setting in the mountains is so magical that they have become holiday destinations for Greeks and foreigners alike.

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