RHS CHATSWORTH ‘INSPIRATIONAL GARDENS’ (EGT2)

SUNDAY 3 JUNE TO SUNDAY 10 JUNE 2018

RHS Chatsworth was a great critical success in its first year 2017. The combination of historic and contemporary in ‘Capability’ Brown’s park was unforgettable. This week explores how the English garden-making tradition embraces revolutions in design and makes the classic contemporary, while at the same time makes the contemporary classic. At Chatsworth Dan Pearson has revitalised Paxton’s Victorian woodland

In addition to the  RHS Chatsworth show,  we will also look at the Art Garden designed by Sarah Price (of Olympic Park, London fame), for the Whitworth Art Gallery, in Manchester (opened 2016). At Trentham Park with Brown’s impressive lake and Charles Barry’s Italianate terraces there are stunning new parterres by Tom Stuart-Smith and borders by Piet Oudolf. Nigel Dunnet has introduced wildflowers as a tribute to Brown and a contemporary crowd pleaser. Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s private garden is a poetic enhancement of place. Other gardens will be chosen to continue the theme of the new emerging from the traditional. June is very much the apotheosis of the English Garden.

Price: £1,050 (GBP) per person including RHS Show

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)

Moor Cottage Garden

Moor Cottage Garden

 

Day Period Activity
Sunday 3/6 ARRIVALS
Welcome reception at Moor Cottage and introduction to home stay hosts.
Monday 4/6 MANCHESTER AND THE WHITWORTH GALLERY ART GARDEN
Morning English conversation class and garden briefing.

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 was designed by Sarah Price  (London’s Olympic Park). Sarah is now star designer for the Chelsea Flower Show this year.  Chelsea’s first pictorial meadow!

Afternoon Discover Manchester, orientation tour of the City centre with its impressive Victorian and modern buildings.
Evening Dinner with home stay hosts.
Tuesday 5/6 GRESGARTH & LEVENS HALL
Morning English conversation class and garden briefing. Depart for Gresgarth Hall, Lady Arabella Lennox Boyd’s English home.  This stunning garden marries top design to topography and high quality planting.  An education in horticultural romanticism.
Afternoon A contrasting visit to Levens Hall with its world renowned formal, historic topiary garden and a walk through its picturesque park.
Evening Dinner with home stay hosts.
Wednesday 6/6 ARLEY
Morning English conversation class and garden briefing In an English country garden
Afternoon Arley is a refreshing look at what has made the English Arts and Crafts garden a style icon: herbaceous borders, old English roses, lawns and walled gardens
Evening Dinner with home stay hosts. Optional theatre performance
Thursday 7/6 RHS CHATSWORTH SHOW
All day Depart for a whole day excursion to Chatsworth and the new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.  Chatsworth is a 17th century palace with a rich collection of art and antique furniture set in 400 hectares of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped park. The park is the location for this new RHS show which uses past masters as inspiration for the future. The showground is on both banks of the river linked by new temporary bridges. The show’s themes link both sides of the design revolutionary scale: Past and future, classic and contemporary, formal and natural. The potential inspiration of the new can be enjoyed with the potent historical garden.
Evening Dinner with home stay hosts
Friday 8/6 HENBURY HALL
Morning English conversation class and garden briefing. A Gardener’s A to Z.
Afternoon Visit to Henbury Hall.The 18th Century grand tour inspired hundreds of stately home owners to embrace Italian culture. Henbury pays homage to the villa architecture of Andrea Palladio in this Cheshire pastoral arcadia. A beautiful surprise.
Evening Dinner with home stay hosts
Saturday 9/6 TRENTHAM PARK & WEDGWOOD POTTERY

 

All day Garden briefing and English conversation class.

Visit to The Potteries and Trentham Park. This vast restoration has awoken Trentham from sad neglect. Charles Barry and ‘Capability’ Brown left us with architectural formality in parkland by lake. All is now 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.

 

Evening Farewell Party at Moor Cottage with host families.
Sunday 10/6 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.