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” and other favorite places with you.
Secret Gardens, Iconic Estates, and Medieval Tales of Yorkshire and Derbyshire
With Karen & Andy Chapman
JUNE 2022 (postponed from 2020)
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 including the world renowned Chatsworth Estate, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. 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 a picturesque Peak District village.
As a bonus, all 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 Brandywine & Delaware Valleys:
THE BEST OF YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW.
With Karen & Andy Chapman
Our fall adventure will begin with 2 nights in Philadelphia before transferring to Wilmington, Delaware. 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 staying in the prestigious Du Pont Hotel in Wilmington, a visit to a working Amish farm in Lancaster County, a tour of the key historical sites of Philadelphia and dinner on a magnificent Tall Ship, docked on the Delaware River.
Note: this was our 2020 itinerary. Some adjustments may be made for 2021.
Don’t just visit these gardens. Experience them with us and make memories to last a lifetime.
Gardens of East Anglia & Beyond, England.
Join us for a very personal tour of the outstanding public and private gardens in this unique region while also exploring its medieval past.
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