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Welcome to Issue 287 | 24th July 2019

I know you’re extremely busy but as I want you to generate some profitable new business, please spare me 5-10 minutes by listing the names of people you know who are Master Gardeners: members of Orchid, Rose, Herb and other specialist garden societies: Friends of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta: Landscape gardeners: TV, radio, newspaper and magazine gardening personalities: clients who are members of your local garden Club. These contacts are potential pied pipers and some of the ideas in this week’s edition will start conversations that can top and tail visits to the Chelsea Flower Show.

As many of your green-fingered clients will be busy with their own gardens/gardening events in May, think seriously about a Cornwall garden tour in March/April.  It’s worth considering because the warming effect of the Gulf stream ensures that spring comes early in this part of the world, making March/April the best time to visit when everything is fresh and lush.  Air fares might also be better…

Having made the list, let’s exchange emails about a customised tour you can offer them.


Doc Martin, Poldark, Grand Houses and Gardens

If your garden-loving clients are also fans of Doc Martin and Poldark, this Cornwall tour will give them a close encounter with the myths and legends of King Arthur and the On-Location worlds of their TV Heroes.  Then add some upstairs/downstairs stately homes visits, special tours of some superb river valley gardens and a day at the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show. Read More


A Pot Pourri of Pleasant Surprises 

This fragrant, colour filled tour includes visits to 13th century, moated Hever Castle, Churchill’s former home at Chartwell and the astonishing Collector Earl’s Garden at Arundel Castle.  The contemporary art collection in Chichester Cathedral, a touch of Jane Austen and a good long visit to the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship garden at Wisley complete this 5-night leisurely swing through the south east of England. Read More


Realms of Glory

In late May 2020, over 200 flower arrangers will transform the 900-year-old Chichester Cathedral into a stunning visual array of creative, imaginative and beautiful flower arrangements, featuring quotations from the Bible, Psalms, Hymns, Carols and Prayers in picturesque tableaux, gardens and pedestal arrangements.  These include a ‘Garden of Eden’; the 1620 Mayflower Sailing; a Heavenly Feast and Angels in the Cloisters amongst many others.


Chelsea London, Bloom Dublin

This imaginative 8-night, 3 country tour kicks off with a day at the Chelsea Flower Show and finishes with another at Bloom in Dublin, Ireland’s largest gardening and food event. In between, the water terraces at magnificent Blenheim Palace, 2 stunning gardens in the Cotswolds, the hanging gardens at Powis Castle, one of Britain’s finest at Bodnant and 12th century Caernarfon Castle. Read more


A Treasure Trove of English Gardens

If you look closely at my tours, you will have noticed that I often recommend starting a UK visit with 4-5 nights in the English countryside.  This programme encourages customers to park their jetlag amidst the castles, stately homes, gardens and country pubs of Kent and Sussex so that they are on Greenwich Mean Time by the time they get to London. Read More


How Did We Do?

A Garden Club has just returned from their second custom tour of the Glorious Gardens of England visiting a totally different area on this trip. The itinerary included Celtic history, medieval towns, dramatic coastlines, green pastures in the Cornwall and honey-coloured Cotswolds stone villages with time for tea, antiquing and shopping. They were all seamlessly coordinated even though late in the process, unscheduled changes were smoothly incorporated.  Judy Keslik, Viking Travel Service, Westmont, Illinois USA


Paull Tickner, Custom GB
53, Holly Royde Close, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 3HR
Phone: 011 44 161 434 9324

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