Summer Solstice – Explore the Gardens of Wales and England with Jerry and Amy Fritz
June 15 – 23, 2019
Take this unique opportunity to travel across the pond and tour the gardening capital of the world with landscape craftsman Jerry Fritz. For many years, Jerry, and his wife Amy, have traveled to the UK exploring and studying the British techniques for creating gardens. Based on these experiences they have created a garden lover’s excursion like no other. This is a truly special and personalized trip, Jerry will be escorting a very limited number or guests on this bespoke tour of the beautiful countryside found only in England. Journey to Wales and the Cotswold region of England to discover why we Americans can only attempt to recreate the magnificent gardens enjoyed and cherished by the Brits.
“We are so pleased to share this experience with others, join us and discover Britain’s true gardening paradise.”
Jerry and Amy Fritz
During our journey throughout Wales’ & England’s pristine countrysides, discover some of the world’s best gardens, from select public gardens owned by the National Trust to privately owned estates. Meet the owners and head gardeners who will give us a more in-depth understanding of classic garden design and a history of the gardens in Britain. Enjoy the beauty of both the countryside and villages, taking time for unique dining and shopping opportunities.
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
- Tour personally escorted by Jerry & Amy Fritz
- Transportation from the London Heathrow Airport to hotel
- 7 nights hotel accommodations in standard double room (including tax)
Hotel Indigo, Cardiff Wales
Hotel Indigo Cardiff, where bespoke design meets classic Welsh heritage. Boutique bedrooms reflecting the vibrant city, with the themes ‘Made in Wales’, ‘Welsh Industry’ and ‘Music’ embodied in local art and natural materials. Many also offer wonderful views of the Cardiff skyline, and they all have free Wi-Fi and invigorating rainfall showers. Moments from the front door you can explore the historic Cardiff Castle with its fairy tale towers. The rooftop Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill is the perfect place to relax, with a mouth-watering classic British menu, private dining and not to mention a fabulous roof terrace. Cardiff’s best shopping centers are all a short walk away.
The Francis Hotel, Bath
This unique and distinctive hotel occupies seven of the original 18th Century townhouses that make up the south side of the centrally located and sought-after address of Queen Square in Bath. The hotel itself is a destination of historical and architectural significance within a city that offers exceptional richness for travelers with its significant Roman, Georgian and contemporary attractions. At convenient proximity to Francis Hotel are the Roman Baths, Pump Room, Thermae Bath Spa, Jane Austen Centre, No.1 Royal Crescent, Theatre Royal, as well as the city’s elegant shopping, culinary and cultural heart.
Built between 1728 and 1736, Queen Square was designed by John Wood the Elder (1704-54) who set out to provide an architectural masterpiece for the chic members of society “to assemble together”. The hotel’s seven townhouses are now seamlessly interconnected to house 98 luxurious bedrooms, all individually styled, with a sublimely comfortable bed, Egyptian cotton linen, bathrobe, luxury toiletries, flat screen TV, air-conditioning, safe and complimentary WiFi.
- Daily transportation including driver gratuities
- Visits Planned (subject to change)
- Waterperry Gardens – 8 acres of inspirational gardens nestling in the Oxfordshire countryside alongside a quality plant centre, garden shop, gift barn, gallery, museum and tea shop.
- Town of Cardiff, a port city on the south coast of Wales, where the River Taff meets the Severn Estuary. It was proclaimed the nation’s capital in 1955. The revitalized waterfront at Cardiff Bay includes the Wales Millennium Centre, home of the national opera, orchestra, theater and dance companies, plus shops at Mermaid Quay. Architect Richard Rogers’ strikingly modern Senedd building houses the Welsh National Assembly. The Welsh capital may have begun its life as a Roman fort, but it’s since become a bustling city. Where the fort once stood, Cardiff Castle has held court since the 11th century. It remains a central presence in the city, now full of lively art and music venues, hip boutiques, fun bars and modern hotels.
- Veddw House Garden – set in the wonderful countryside of the Welsh border above Tintern. There are two acres of ornamental garden and two acres of woodland. A favourite part with visitors and gardeners wanting a break from looking at weeds is the dramatic reflecting pool. The local landscape of rolling hills is reflected in the sinuous hedges that lead to the pool and provide the perfect backdrop for other planting schemes. Much of the garden was made on ancient grassland, which has been conserved in many parts of the garden, especially the meadow. Veddw was featured as an inspirational garden on Alan Titchmarsh’s ‘Love Your Garden’.
- Penpergwm Lodge Garden – wonderful mature trees with space and freedom in the open areas of lawn, and a contrasting formality in other areas, marked out by new and old hedges, a malus avenue, two planted terraces, each planted to a colour theme and linked by a parterre and vine walk. Recent additions include a Jubilee brick folly, an oak- pillared summer house, new brick terraces and a canal descending from a brick loggia.
- High Glanau Manor – set in twelve acres of fine gardens, designed by H. Avery Tipping in 1922. Many original features remain including formal terraces, steps leading down to an octagonal lily pool, and the glass house and pergola. Beyond the terraces and pool, with their spectacular views towards the Brecon Beacons, Tipping created winding paths leading through the woodland gardens and planted many shade-loving plants and rhododendrons.
- Special Plants – Retail nursery growing and selling unusual plants including an amazing range of hardy herbaceous and rockery plants as well as many tender perennials for terrace and conservatory. Derry Watkins, author of two books on greenhouse gardening has introduced many new plants from her plant collecting trips to South Africa and elsewhere. Lovely display gardens surround the nursery and seeds are available for purchase.
- Town of Bath – set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. Built for pleasure and relaxation, beautiful Bath has been a well being destination since Roman times. Bath’s compact, visitor-friendly centre is overflowing with places to eat and drink, plus some of the finest independent shops in Britain. Bath’s stunning honey-coloured Georgian architecture is straight from a Jane Austen novel – highlights include the iconic Royal Crescent and the majestic Circus.
- Buscot Park Gardens – An eighteenth-century house (1780) with a twentieth century garden. The garden is a prime example of the Italian mode of the Arts and Crafts style, designed by Harold Peto in 1912. It has a canal which steps down the slope through the woods, edged by hedges, urns and statues. The kitchen garden is now planted with flowers, to a design by Peter Coats, with hornbeam tunnels.
- Town of Tetbury, Gloucestershire – proud of its 1300 years of recorded history since 681, Tetbury was an important market town for the Cotswolds wool trade and the town centre is still dominated by the splendid pillared Market House built in 1655. The town is known as an ‘architectural gem’ as many of the wool merchants houses still look as they did 300 years ago. Tetbury is well known for its 25 antique shops and has a wonderful variety of shops, many individually owned where you will receive personal attention of the owner and experience a level of service long since vanished from many high streets. Several of Tetbury’s retailers have received national awards for excellence and the visitor will notice that many of the towns businesses bear the Prince of Wales feathers as a sign that they hold the Royal Warrant. The market town of Tetbury has a wide choice of tea shops, bistros, cafes, pubs and restaurants which offer a good choice of food and drink.
- Upton Wold Garden – known as the hidden garden of the Cotswolds. Set in a beautiful Cotswold landscape, this hidden private garden has been created over thirty years, originally with the help of landscape architects Hal Moggridge and the late Brenda Colvin. Upton Wold Garden has an exceptional collection of trees, shrubs and plants, and also holds a National Collection of Juglans (Walnut) and of Pterocarya. A garden of interest for any plantsman.
- Bourton House Garden – an award-winning three acre garden surrounding a fine 18th century Manor House. The garden features luxuriant terraces and wide herbaceous borders with stunning plant, texture and colour combinations. Imaginative topiary includes a knot garden, parterre and topiary walk and there are several spring-fed water features including a raised basket pond from the Great Exhibition of 1851. A raised 18th century walk provides an enticing link to the Cotswold landscape beyond. An abundance of unusual, rare and exotic plants makes this garden a delight for the dedicated gardener.
- Hanham Court Garden – designed by Julian and Isabel Bannerman, who have owned the property since 1983. The style is ‘traditional English’ with a lake, fountains, rill, cascade, folly, ruins and temples. A deeply romantic, scented garden. The ‘Dell’ is home to a stumpery such as the one we created at Highgrove for The Prince of Wales, with ferns, tree ferns, violets and primroses, magnolias, wild rambling roses rampaging through trees, pools and stream. The formal garden is a fortified bastion with fountains, luscious borders of old roses and tree peonies, scented perennials, lilies and daturas in pots, punctuated by buildings and doorways which lead out into the miniature parkland, orchard, wildflower meadows, and simple cutting and vegetable gardens.
- Iford Manor Gardens – set in 2.5 acres this steep hillside Italian style garden affords the visitor wonderful views of the valley. The house is built into the steep hillside, so terracing forms an important element. Peto was particularly attracted by the charm of old Italian gardens, where flowers occupy a subordinate place amongst the cypresses, broad walks, statues and pools. The current owners have restored the design and planting in accordance with Harold Peto’s vision and over the years, have transformed the area of the Oriental garden. A visit to the Peto Garden at Iford includes delightful features such as the Loggia, the Great Terrace, the Casita and the largest of Peto’s garden buildings, the Cloisters. The Peto Garden at Iford Manor in Wiltshire won the Historic Houses Association/Christie’s 1998 Garden of the Year Award given in recognition of a garden, outstanding both for its horticultural and public interest.
- Meals: breakfast daily (7), 2 lunches/teas & 3 dinners
- Transportation from the hotel to the London Heathrow Airport
A NONREFUNDABLE deposit of $500 per traveler will be required upon booking to reserve your space on the trip.
Email Amy Fritz at with any questions.
Only 10 rooms available. $4765.00* per person double occupancy / $950.00* per person single supplement
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