Travel adventures with le jardinet
Meet Your Hosts
Both Karen and Andy grew up in northern England. In fact, they first met when Andy was just 9 and Karen was 14 (and she still hasn’t forgiven him for not remembering her, even though she has the photographs to prove it!) Despite such inauspicious beginnings they married in 1987 and lived in the heart of the Peak District before moving to Seattle in 1996 with their two young children.
A love of the English countryside was a common bond even in those early days, which for Karen naturally led to an interest in gardening while both Karen and Andy enjoy photographing landscapes and wildlife.
Today, as a landscape designer, award-winning author, and international speaker Karen has the knowledge, enthusiasm, personal connections, and detailed, organizational skills that are needed to put together a tour of inspirational gardens, historical sites, and cultural experiences.
As always, Andy is an integral part of Karen’s business, offering logistical support, attention to detail, and a reassuring pair of extra hands, ears, and eyes to make sure every guest feels cared for.
Together, they would love to share “their England” with you.
Secret Gardens, Iconic Estates, and Medieval Tales of Yorkshire and Derbyshire
With Karen & Andy Chapman
Join us for an unforgettable adventure through the rolling, English countryside of Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
While many garden tours of England focus on the famous estates of the south, this tour will take you off the beaten track to explore the medieval manor houses, quaint country villages, and iconic stately homes to the north. You will have private guided tours of hidden gems as well as world-class gardens such as Scampston and RHS Harlow Carr; gardens that will have you yearning to return.
Yet to truly experience England you need to do more than just visit gardens. We will tour and learn about York Minster, Fountains Abbey, and the plague village of Eyam, take time to wander through a local market and cobbled streets to pick up a few souvenirs, eat in historic coaching inns, and celebrate the ancient well dressing festival in the Peak District village where your hosts used to live.
As a bonus, all guests will receive complimentary membership of the Royal Horticultural Society with all the associated member benefits including exclusive members-only admission to the opening day of the RHS Chatsworth Show
This is a tour like no other: it will be a unique blend of treasured experiences.