SUNDAY 12 JUNE TO SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2016
Now running for it’s 20th season!
This study tour week based in Manchester at Moor Cottage, pays tribute to the iconic, aesthetic, historic and literary associations of this most loved flower.
Roses have been central to gardening since the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs and England’s temperate climate gives them a long flowering period. David Austin has acquired international fame with his new English roses. Roses hold an infinity of graces and the oldest of varieties, as well as the newest, look good in gardens ancient and modern. Dunham Massey is an historic garden with a newly created rose garden, Arley Hall specialises in shrub (species) roses while Wollerton Old Hall demonstrates how roses integrate with herbaceous borders in a relatively young garden. There are roses in all the gardens we visit this week but also so much more to see and enjoy inside the gardens and in the greater landscape.
“And the roses – the roses! Rising out of the grass, tangled around the sun dial, climbing up the walls and spreading over them with long garlands falling in cascades- they came alive day by day”. Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden.
Price: £930 (UK pounds sterling)
The package includes:
- English conversation classes
- Seven nights home stay in the pleasant suburb of Didsbury, South Manchester (bed, breakfast and evening meals)
- Picnic lunches
- Transport and garden admission
- Expert guide accompanying every visit
- Manchester Airport transfers
- Personal & baggage insurance (please see our Terms & Conditions Page)
|Welcome reception at Moor Cottage and introduction to home stay hosts.|
|Monday 13/6||MANCHESTER AND DUNHAM MASSEY|
|Morning||English conversation class and garden briefing.
Introduction to Manchester.
Discover Manchester, orientation tour of the City centre with its impressive Victorian and modern buildings.
Lunch in Castlefield.
|Afternoon||Dunham Massey, historic garden and landscape.|
|Evening||Dinner with host family.|
|Tuesday 14/6||CLASSES OF CHOICE AND PRIVATE GARDENS|
|Morning||English conversation class and garden briefing Romanticism and the landscape of the English Lake Poets.|
|Afternoon||Options: Art Workshop or Bake-off class The Great British Tea Ceremony.
Following English afternoon tea, visit to some of Didsbury’s National Garden Scheme ‘Yellow Book’ gardens that recently opened to the public for charity.
|Evening||Dinner with host families.|
|Wednesday 15/6||LEVENS HALL AND THE LAKE DISTRICT|
|Morning||Depart for the English Lake District, 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|
|Afternoon||Seven lake tour of the Lake District including Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter and Grasmere home of the English Romantic poet, William Wordsworth|
|Evening||Dinner with host families.|
|Thursday 16/6||ARLEY HALL|
|Morning||English conversation class and garden briefing In an English country garden.|
|Afternoon||Visit to Arley Hall and the pretty Cheshire village of Great Budworth. Arley is famous for both its double herbaceous borders and its delightful old rose cottage garden|
|Evening||Early supper and Royal Exchange Theatre The Night Watch a new play by Sarah Walters|
|Friday 17/6||DAVID AUSTIN ROSE GARDENS AND WOLLERTON OLD HALL, COTTAGE GARDEN|
|Morning||English conversation class and garden briefing. A Gardener’s A to Z.
Depart for the nursery and rose gardens of David Austin
|Afternoon||Wollerton Old Hall a garden of twentieth century choice influences recalling the Arts and Crafts Movement|
|Evening||Dinner with host families|
|Saturday 18/6||CHATWORTH AND THE PEAK DISTRICT|
|Morning||Garden briefing Town and Country – an Introduction to Chatsworth and the Devonshire Family.
Depart for Chatsworth, a 17th century palace with a rich collection of art and antique furniture set in 400 hectares of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped park and home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
|Evening||Farewell Party at Moor Cottage with host families.|