Travel adventures with le jardinet

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Karen & Andy Chapman: touring the Chatsworth Estate, Peak District National Park, England.

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” and other favorite places with you.

What our guests said....

England 2022

East Coast, USA 2022

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"Loved it all! The mix of large and small gardens and the opportunity to go inside homes currently lived in was terrific. The insights on English villages and life in general was so interesting. Nice hotels! All was great."

"It was a very enjoyable and stimulating tour. Wonderful mix of plants, history, and English life. Learned a ton! You two were lovely to get to know and the tour reflected your fun spirits and positive outlook."

"I think you had an exceptional itinerary. Taking us to places most people never get to see Also it was great having local people show us around . Thank you for the experience."

" What a fantastic time we had! The gardens, historic homes and villages were a treat to experience. We appreciated your attention to detail and personal insights into everything UK. Thanks so much!"

"Best garden tour ever!"

"What wonderful memories of the best destinations!  I absolutely loved the entire experience. Beautiful sights, good company, wonderful meals, and great hosts.  Thank you for the fun time. "

"We had a wonderful time on the East Coast Tour!  Loved it all. "

"You appeared relaxed and organized. That puts everybody at ease. Great tour and if all goes well I would like to do the New York tour next fall."

"Loved the variety of gardens: large and small, public and private, formal and informal."

"You and Andy are a perfect team. You have your roles down perfectly and everybody is quite comfortable with both of you. You are very different and very approachable."

Gardens of the Brandywine & Delaware Valleys: 

THE BEST OF YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW.

With Karen & Andy Chapman

SEPTEMBER 18th-25th  2022

Chanticleer has something new to see every day

Our fall adventure will begin with 2 nights in Philadelphia before transferring to Wilmington, Delaware where we will stay in the iconic Hotel du Pont, the epitome of elegance. With a tradition in horticulture going back 300 years, Philadelphia is understandably known as America’s Garden Capital and has over 30 public gardens, arboreta, and historic landscapes within 30 miles of the city.

Many of these gardens and landscapes are simply so breathtaking that one has to be fully immersed in them in order to truly understand their masterful artistry, their context in history, and their gift to the next generation.

Visit both the oldest and one of the youngest botanical gardens in North America with us, gaining a better appreciation for the visionaries of the past and the future. Explore the naturalistic 1000-acre preserve of Winterthur, the unparalleled design of Chanticleer, the private gardens of two horticultural ‘greats’, and many other inspiring, botanical treasures.

Additional highlights will include a visit to a working Amish farm in Lancaster County, a tour of  key historical sites of Philadelphia and dinner on a magnificent Tall Ship, docked on the Delaware River.

And since no trip to this area would be complete without visiting Longwood Gardens, for our final evening guests will have reserved tickets for the Festival of Fountains 

Don’t just visit these gardens. Experience them with us and make memories to last a lifetime.

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England in full bloom:

featuring castles, cottages and hidden jewels

With Karen & Andy Chapman

JULY 3rd - 15th,  2023

Bath Chatto Gravel Garden

Join us for an unforgettable adventure through the picturesque English countryside of south-east England and East Anglia. Rather than trying to cover vast distances, our small group tours allow you to immerse yourself in select, intimate regions of England through a blend of exceptional public and private gardens, historical insights, and cultural experiences.

Combining a visit to several iconic English gardens such as Sissinghurst, Great Dixter and the Beth Chatto garden (shown above) with a members day-only visit to the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival is already suggesting the bucket-list adventure you have always dreamed of: yet this small group tour offers so much more. Prepare to also be inspired by the work of legendary designers Gertrude Jekyll and John Brookes. Glean ideas for your own gardens at RHS Wisley and from intimate, personal tours of select, private gardens. Explore the grounds of two moated castles and visit the highly acclaimed Bressingham Gardens where you can rekindle your childhood by riding the vintage carousel, taking a short ride on a steam train, and then enjoy a private tour of Foggy Bottom, the personal garden of plantsman, author and media personality Adrian Bloom.

Yet to truly experience England you need to do more than just visit gardens. We will learn about England’s maritime past with a Portsmouth Harbor Cruise, tour Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory, and meander through the cobbled streets of an ancient seaside town best known for smuggling!  There will also be opportunities to learn about the historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and medieval Bury St. Edmunds with private, guided walking tours and plenty of time for independent adventures.

Rather than visiting England as a tourist – we invite you to join us as family. We want you to have time to simply sit in these beautiful gardens and “be”, to have time to chat with the locals, and to experience true English hospitality. These are the memories that will linger long after the blooms of mid-summer have faded.

As a bonus, our guests will receive complimentary membership of the Royal Horticultural Society with all the associated member benefits.

This is a tour like no other: it will be a unique blend of treasured experiences.

Gardens of THE HUDSON VALLEY, NY.

Gardens of the West Country, england

Join us for a very special tour of the beautiful seaside gardens of Devon and Cornwall, via Stonehenge and Bath, with a special excursion to the Scilly Isles.

Disclaimer

Le jardinet acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Le jardinet and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Le jardinet is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips arranged by Le jardinet. Individual travelers are responsible of purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desires, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

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