Burton Agnes Hall
Burton Agnes Hall

Private Gardens of Yorkshire with Joe Swift (Country Living/Good Housekeeping)

Famed for the rugged beauty of its national parks, Yorkshire is a stunning corner of the UK. It’s also home to many of the country’s most innovative and impressive gardens, both old and new. On this exciting four-day horticultural tour, we visit the acclaimed contemporary garden at Scampston in the company of TV presenter and landscape gardener Joe Swift, who has declared it his favourite garden in the county.

We also visit Burton Agnes Hall, whose magnificent walled garden contains over 4000 different plant species; Jackson’s Wold, another walled garden with old roses and unusual perennials, and explore the intriguing garden at York Gate. Privately-owned gardens also feature, such as Stillingfleet Lodge, a plantsman’s garden which is subdivided into smaller gardens; Birstwith Hall, a large four acre garden nestling in a secluded Yorkshire dale and The Nursery, an attractive one acre garden hidden behind a suburban house. Of course, we could not come to Yorkshire without visiting Harlow Carr, the Royal Horticultural Society’s northern flagship, which continues to set the highest possible standards in the gardening world.

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Today's Price
£1,095

Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £240

Tour highlights:

  • Tour the inspired Piet Oudolf-designed garden of Scampston in the company of Joe Swift
  • Talk and Q&A session with Joe at our 4-star York hotel
  • Stunning walled gardens at Burton Agnes Hall and Jackson’s Wold
  • Visit intriguing private gardens
  • Explore RHS Harlow Carr and enjoy refreshments at Betty’s Tearoom

Tour details

Dates 22 June 2020 - 25 June 2020
Duration 4 days
Cost
Today's Price
£1,095
Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £240 Balance due by 30 March 2020
Activity Level
Tour code BYJS200622

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
London
Tothill St, Westminster
0700 1930
Luton
Luton Parkway Railway Station
0830 1800
Northampton
Railway Station
0915 1700

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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22 June 2020: Itinerary

We depart by coach from London and travel north to Yorkshire, stopping en route for refreshments (not included). Our first visit will be to Stillingfleet Lodge, a plantsman’s garden which is subdivided into smaller gardens, each based on a particular colour theme with emphasis on the use of foliage plants. Also featured are a wild flower meadow and natural pond, long double herbaceous borders and a modern rill garden. Rare breeds of poultry wander freely in garden and there is an adjacent nursery should you be looking for a souvenir of your trip.

Following our visit we continue to our accommodation at the 4-star Principal Hotel in York. All rooms are en-suite with flat screen TV’s and tea and coffee making facilities. Dinner is served in the hotel this evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Principal York Hotel, York

After breakfast we visit the award-winning gardens of Burton Agnes Hall, which offer something for everyone, from the walled garden containing over 4000 different plant species, herbaceous borders, a jungle garden and national collection of campanulas, to the woodland walk and maze.

We continue to the walled garden at Scampston, which was opened for the first time in 2004. This inspired contemporary garden of 4.5 acres was designed by the internationally acclaimed Piet Oudolf, winner of a gold medal and the “Best in Show” at Chelsea in 2000, and his innovative and striking use of grasses and perennial meadow plantings provide a wealth of interest.

Exclusive Event: We will be joined here by celebrity gardener Joe Swift, who nominated Scampston as his favourite Yorkshire garden. Joe will join us as we tour the garden picking out points of interest.

Our final visit today is to nearby Jackson’s Wold, a two-acre property with stunning views over the Vale of Pickering. There is another walled garden here, of a more conventional but no less pleasing variety, with mixed borders and numerous old roses under-planted with unusual perennials. Woodland paths connect with further shrub and perennial borders while a lime avenue leads to a wildflower meadow. There is also a traditional vegetable garden with roses, flowers and box edging framed by a Victorian greenhouse.

Dinner is served in the hotel this evening, after which Joe Swift will entertain us with a talk and Q&A session.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Principal York Hotel, York

This morning after breakfast we will visit Harlow Carr, the Royal Horticultural Society’s northern flagship, which continues to set the highest possible standards in the gardening world. Within this handsome and well-wooded site there are sections devoted to particular groups of plants: a rose garden; a bulb garden and an arboretum, along with three different kinds of rockeries. There are also displays of new cultivars in the trial gardens, which vary according to the season. Refreshments at Betty’s Tearoom are also included.

After some free time and an opportunity for lunch (not included) in Harrogate, we continue to Birstwith Hall, a large four acre garden nestling in a secluded Yorkshire dale. The garden is the property of Sir James and Lady Aykroyd and features a formal garden and ornamental orchard, extensive lawns, picturesque stream, large pond and Victorian greenhouse.

We then continue back to York, stopping en-route for a visit to The Nursery, a hidden, attractive and productive one acre garden behind a suburban house. Here we will find over 100 fruit trees, many in trained form. Many different vegetables are grown both outside and under cover including a large 20m greenhouse. These productive areas are interspersed with informal ornamental plantings which provide colour and a habitat for wildlife. Refreshments are also included.

We return to our hotel where dinner is served at the hotel in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Principal York Hotel, York

After breakfast we check out of the hotel and visit York Gate, a one acre garden tucked behind the ancient church at Adel on the northern outskirts of Leeds. Created by the Spencer family during the second half of the twentieth century, this is a garden of immense style and craftsmanship, widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the period. In 2017 The Times listed York Gate as the 7th best garden to visit in the UK. The garden is divided by yew and beech hedges into a series of 14 garden rooms each with its own theme and style. The formal Herb Garden with its topiary, the Dell with its half-hidden pathways and stream and clever vistas provide exciting ideas for potential in smaller gardens. Evergreens clipped into strong architectural shapes are used to spectacular effect throughout the garden.

Following this, our final visit we will return to our original departure points.

Meals include: Breakfast

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