|Franki with the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society after a happy day of garden visiting.
Franki McCabe and British Garden Tours show you some of the enchanting
gardens of the British Isles. The gardens of Britain, unsurpassed for their
beauty and variety, are a continual source of pleasure and surprise. Thanks
to the benign influence of the Gulf Stream, the gardens of Western Scotland
enjoy very mild weather. Logan Botanic Garden is planted with semi-tropical
tree ferns, cabbage palms (Cordyline australis) and many rare
and exotic plants from the southern hemisphere. These conditions contrast
sharply with southeastern England where Beth Chatto has created a 20th
century garden that flourishes in low rainfall and chilly easterly
In between these two extremes exists a fascinating collection of garden
landscapes. The unique and sometimes eccentric ability of the British over
the centuries to create a wide variety of garden design is experienced
in Medieval and Renaissance, formal and natural, park and cottage gardens
– whether in England, Scotland or Wales all are represented.
"Visiting British gardens with Franki in the company of serious
gardeners (3 times, 3 gardens per day) has been an absolute delight! Franki
has a wonderful font of knowledge of plants, gardens and all things British"
-- Ed Hasselkus, Professor Emeritus, Horticulture, University of Wisconsin
All days are carefully constructed to balance beautiful gardens with
historical fact and allegory, amusing anecdotes in an informal group setting.
Each day is packed with superb gardens, a great lunch and the opportunity
to meet with like-minded garden enthusiasts from all over the world.