Sunday 4 to Sunday 11 August 2019

Professionals and pleasure gardeners use a rich and specialist vocabulary. This course helps use this language of the garden formally and conversationally

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)

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

Day Period Activity
Sunday 4/8 ARRIVALS
Welcome reception at Moor Cottage and introduction to home stay hosts.

Dinner with home stay hosts

Morning Introduction to the course. English conversation class and garden briefing
Afternoon Lunch and visit to Manchester University’s Whitworth Art Gallery followed by RHS Bridgewater (To be confirmed)
Evening Dinner with home stay hosts
Tuesday 6/8 CHATSWORTH
All day Garden briefing followed by a whole day excursion to Chatsworth. Chatsworth is a 17th century palace with a rich collection of art and antiques. The garden set in a ‘Capability’ Brownlandscape park demonstrates 400 years of garden history
Evening Dinner with home stay hosts
Wednesday 7/8 TATTON 
Morning English conversation class and garden briefing In an English country garden
Afternoon Visit Tatton Hall, an idyllic place to observe the theories and practice of Humphrey Repton’s garden design made famous by his Red Books
Evening Walk on Alderley Edge and optional pub supper
Morning Visit to The Potteries and Trentham Park. This vast restoration has awoken Trentham from sad decadence. Charles Barry and “Capability” Brown left us with architectural formality via parkland with lake. All refreshed by the contemporary interventions of Tom Stuart-Smith, Piet Oudolf and Nigel Dunnet. Garden history in the making. A continuing triumph that enriches a formal restoration with the natural and the new wave planting.
Afternoon Visit to Wollerton Old Hall. This is a great private garden of choice borrowings where “Arts and Crafts” (Liberty) themes are combined with immaculate planting to create a very personal garden paradise.
Evening Dinner with home stay hosts
Morning English conversation class and garden briefing.  A Gardener’s A to Z.
Afternoon Private garden to be confirmed
Evening Dinner with home stay hosts
Morning Brantwood is the home of the art critic, champion of Venice and radical social philosopher John Ruskin (born 1819). The garden is also a place of great beauty and can be approached from Coniston Water in a steam gondola
Afternoon Visit to Blackwell, iconic building of the Arts and Crafts Movement
Evening Farewell Party at Moor Cottage
Sunday 11/8  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.