English Language Garden Tours

English Language Garden Tours are ideal for members of garden clubs / societies, professionals and independent travellers who wish to  practise their English while exploring some of the most celebrated gardens and landscapes in the United Kingdom.

Each of the six programmes in 2016 combines seminars and classes with full-day and afternoon garden visiting.

The Tour Leader, ‘Garden Guru’ Michaeljon Ashworth, is a garden historian, fine art and architectural historian, author and specialist in Italian influences on British gardens.


The programmes allow for shopping for books, antiques, country clothes and gifts, walks in the country, theatre visits and concert performances.

Accommodation for the Manchester-based programmes is provided by friendly hosts within walking distance of Moor Cottage. (Hotel accommodation can be arranged if preferred).  Hotel / B&B / specialist centres provide accommodation for the four courses that  are not based at the language school.

Come on an English Garden Tour and you will…

  • Practise and extend your knowledge of the English language
  • Enjoy a special week in the company of a small international group
  • Experience memorable garden visits guided by experts
  • Receive a course dossier – an illustrated handbook, souvenir and reference guide
  • Take advantage of the optional evening social programme which includes theatre, musical and culinary experiences
  • Shop for books, antiques, garden gadgets and seeds etc
  • Be the guest of a welcoming host family who shares an interest in gardening (EGT2 & EGT4 only)
  • Be confident knowing Manchester Language School has organised successful garden tours since 1995 for amateur enthusiasts, professional horticulturists and landscape designers.

Discovering ‘Capability’ Brown – Heart of England Tour (EGT3)

Friday 24 June to Thursday 30 June 2016 NEW FOR 2016 Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716-1783) was at his death referred to as the ‘Omnipotent Magician’ who had transformed ancient deer parks and woodland surrounding ‘Country Seats’ and Stately Homes for England’s nobility. He created amenable landscape parks of smooth grass, scattered trees in clumps and … Continue reading Discovering ‘Capability’ Brown – Heart of England Tour (EGT3)

English for Garden Lovers – 400 Years of Garden History (EGT4)

SUNDAY 7 AUGUST TO SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 2016 Now in it’s 20th Season! This classic tour programme balances the grand and historic garden with the more intimate, cottage style. As a study tour it crosses the centuries and represents the traditional styles recognised as typical English gardens: the great houses (palaces and castles) at the heart of … Continue reading English for Garden Lovers – 400 Years of Garden History (EGT4)

The English Lake District – The Poetry of Landscape (EGT6 / LL1)

SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 2016 Now in it’s 9th season! On this tour participants study the concept of ‘Nature perfected’ in the works of William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter. Picturesque landscape, romantic poetry, philosophy and fables are all explored in a sublime setting. The mild English climate prolongs garden visiting into … Continue reading The English Lake District – The Poetry of Landscape (EGT6 / LL1)