ENGLISH FOR GARDENERS (EGT3) Includes a celebration of Humphrey Repton in the 200th anniversary of his death

Sunday 29 July to Sunday 5 August 2018

NEW FOR 2018

Professionals and pleasure gardeners use a rich and specialist vocabulary. This course helps use this language of the garden formally and conversationally. It is also the bi-centenary of Humphry Repton’s death, the follower of ‘Capability’ Brown and regarded as our first landscape gardener.

Every ELGT tour is, of course, ‘English for Gardeners’ but this programme offers practical seminars to help those unfamiliar or unsure with the language of the garden. Russell Page in his autobiography The Education of a Gardener wrote that the pleasure and appreciation of gardens develops over a lifetime. It is wise to begin well prepared. Using words to describe plants helps to identify them. The language of plant cultivation and propagation permits us to share advice and experience. Plant selection allows us to compose beautiful gardens.

Over the week we develop a starter glossary of garden terminology to practice during visits to gardens of horticultural excellence and design. The mixed border, the walled kitchen garden and the garden centre will all help to expand course participants’ knowledge of the English language

Gardens to visit include Levens Hall, Tatton Park, Arley Hall and Bodnant in Wales. A joy to visit and each one a lesson in über gardening. A special, personal garden study tour based on communication and language experiences within the beautiful gardens of the North West.

Price: £975 (GBP) per person

The package includes seven nights home stay in the pleasant suburb of Didsbury, South Manchester (bed, breakfast and evening meals)

    • Garden briefings and English conversation classes
    • Informative dossier
    • Picnic lunches
    • Transport and garden admissions
    • Expert guide accompanying every visit
    • Manchester Airport transfers
    • Personal & baggage insurance (please see our Terms & Conditions Page)


Day Period Activity
Sunday 29/7 ARRIVALS
Welcome reception at Moor Cottage and introduction to home stay hosts
Morning English conversation class and garden briefing. Focus: The language of Style. Identifying and describing origins and influences
Afternoon Lunch and visit to Manchester University’s Whitworth Art Gallery followed by an orientation tour of Manchester City centre. The newly revitalised art gallery has been extended to include an Art Garden. This contemporary natural garden, designed by Sarah Price (London’s Olympic Park) is trendy, cool and chic

Dinner with home stay hosts

All day


Garden briefing. Today’s briefing looks at the language of garden practice, making and maintenance.

Visit to Levens Hall, a tower house dating from 1250 with an exceptional 300 year old garden. Levens is probably the most famous topiary garden in the world – a synthesis of formality, illusion and horticultural magic



Seven lake tour of the Lake District including Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter and Grasmere home of the English Romantic poet, William Wordsworth

Dinner with home stay hosts

Wednesday 1/8 ARLEY HALL
Morning English conversation class and garden briefing. The introduction to Arley Hall garden’s famous herbaceous borders gives an opportunity to analyse planting composition and its elements of colour, height and calendar sequences
Afternoon Visit to Arley Hall via Fryer’s Rose Nursery and Garden Centre.
Evening  Dinner with home stay hosts
Thursday 2/8 CHATSWORTH


Free time before departing for the Peak District National Park via the village of Tideswell in the Peak District National Park.
Afternoon  Chatsworth is a 17th century palace with a rich collection of art and antique furniture. The house, set in 400 hectares of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped park, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Four centuries of gardening on a vast scale have created these glorious pleasure grounds with fountains and avenues, arboretum and maze, a baroque cascade and sculpture
Evening Dinner with home stay hosts
Friday 3/8 TATTON PARK
Morning English conversation class and garden briefing. The Education of a gardener: Repton. Tatton is a superlative Repton landscape park with a red book in the house.
Afternoon Visit to Tatton Park. A garden is a process                                 not a product. It produces many benefits not least its edible produce. Tatton’s kitchen garden is exceptional and many surprises follow in the garden and park beyond.
Evening Dinner with home stay hosts
Saturday 4/8 BODNANT
Morning Depart for the North Wales coast.   Exploration of the medieval walled-town of Conwy with its impressive late thirteenth century ruined castle.
Afternoon Visit to the world renowned garden of Bodnant. Our final garden reflects the taste and horticultural passions of one family over 150 years. It feels personal but on a very public scale.  It also appears very contemporary in its naturalistic style and design around the formal core.
 Sunday 5/8  DEPARTURES

Manchester Language School reserves the right to change the programme according to the availability of the gardens, personnel and venues listed and substitute appropriate alternatives.