Trevor Edwards on tour
Trevor Edwards on tour

Meet our tour manager Trevor Edwards

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we have been speaking with our ever-popular Brightwater Holidays tour managers about their experiences with us over the years and Trevor Edwards had some great memories to share. 

An award-winning garden designer, writer and broadcaster, Trevor began his Brightwater journey back in June 2014 and hasn't looked back since, taking groups to fabulous gardens all over the world, from his home country of Ireland to far-flung destinations like New Zealand.

Do you remember your first tour? 

How could I ever forget it! It was a four-day tour in Dublin, Ireland on the occasion of 2014 WAFA (World Association of Flower Arrangers) held in the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) show grounds. I met the groups at Dublin Airport – Brightwater Holidays ran five coach groups based in a few different hotels across the city and I was managing two groups. It was a baptism of fire! However, after the tour I was asked, does Trevor travel? I said he certainly does and as they say the rest is history! I have long lost count of the number of tours I've done, but it must be more than 50.

What has been your most memorable moment?

There have been numerous! It's so difficult to select just one to make the most memorable! I love the challenge of the long-haul tours, so it is going to be a moment that was part of one of those. Focusing in on that, I think I will select the moment at the end of the first garden tour to New Zealand, when I realised I had managed a successful 21-day tour and could just relax!

Trevor on our Gardens & Villas of Sicily tour in 2022

Trevor on our Gardens & Villas of Sicily tour in 2022

What’s your favourite thing about leading Brightwater tours? 

I believe that Gardens are all about people. The people who own/owned and made them, the people who now look after them and, most importantly, the people who visit them! I love people and see my job as being the link or facilitator to help connect those people! 

Tell us about your favourite place to visit with Brightwater

Not an easy question! I am going to ignore my home country of Ireland, whose gardens are always on the favourite list! Thinking outside of the island of Ireland, the things that influence my choice are again related to people. The combined experiences and friendships with our guests, garden owners and the gardeners all contribute to choice of a favourite. And the winner has to be New Zealand. 

Why not join Trevor on holiday?

Speaking to us about where he's off to next, Trevor explained that he is particularly excited to take guests to the spice island of Grenada as well as to Sicily.

Grenada - Gardens of the Spice Island
1st October '22 and 13th May & 20th September '23
9 days from £2,895pp

"Having researched and designed this itinerary, and having just returned from the very first tour in Grenada, I feel it would be remiss not to attempt to inform and enthuse potential guests about just how marvellous this tour is! It is a superb way to experience not just the private gardens and the spice, but also the culture, landscape and cuisine of this superbly friendly island. The tour also includes a comfortable amount of free time to enjoy swimming and relaxing in true Caribbean fashion."

Gardens and Villas of Sicily
21st March '23
8 days from £1,895pp

"This is one of my most favourite tours! This triple-centre tour, which visits Taormina, Ragusa and Palermo, is a great way to experience some of the highlights of this historic, charming and beautiful island. Combine the fact that we visit gardens, palaces and cathedrals – in my mind this is a tour that certainly should be on everyone’s bucket list." 

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Meet our tour manager Trevor Edwards was published on 26 May 2022