Day 1, Saturday, September 10: We gather at the Monk Bar Hotel in York for seven nights. Make your own way to the hotel or we arrange your early morning transfer from Manchester airport with a stop for lunch in Harrogate (time permitting) where you can walk in the medal winning Valley Gardens. The colourful dahlia border is an absolute delight at this time of year. Join your tour director and the rest of the group this evening before sitting down together for dinner.
Day 2, Sunday, September 11: A.M. We go to Newby Hall, a superb Adam country house facing a beautiful early 20th century flower garden. P.M. We visit Benningborough Hall, a Georgian mansion built in 1716 with an impressive baroque interior. The old walled garden is a riot of colour through the summer.
Day 3, Monday, September 12: A.M. To the north west from York, we start at Thorp Perrow Arboretum in Bedale, one of the finest collections of trees in the north of England, with hints of autumn colour. P.M. In the afternoon we experience an 18th century milestone of garden design at Studley Royal. In the wooded valley of the river Skell is a great water garden, ornamented with statues of lead and stone with above, a banqueting house, tower and temples. Ruins of Cistertian Fountains Abbey are suddenly revealed, like a gigantic and exquisite garden ornament.
Day 4, Tuesday, September 13: A.M. To the west from York, our first garden today is York Gate, a garden gem in a suburban environment on a gentle south-facing slope with many classic features cleverly incorporated into only one acre around an original farmhouse. P.M. out into the Yorkshire dales this afternoon to visit the delightful Parcevall Hall where shelter belts of mixed woodland with fine trees protect terraces, fishponds, a rock garden and orchard.
Day 5, Wednesday, September 14: A.M. We go south east from York today to Burnby Hall Gardens, one of the finest water gardens in Europe. P.M. I take you to a most attractive and romantic private garden at Stillingfleet Lodge beside the River Fleet.
Day 6, Thursday, September 15: A.M. We travel east down the Vale of Pickering to the Walled Garden at Scampston. Eight acres of parkland surround this large enclosed garden with a strongly visual layout by Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, a marriage of modern lines with traditional ideas. PM We return via Castle Howard, a classic early 18th century mansion by Vanburgh, with landscape park, vistas, lakes fountains and sculpture by famous sculptors in lead and stone.
Day 7, Friday, September 16: A.M. We start our last day at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. This, the largest show of its type in Europe, celebrates its Centenary with a host of new features, besides the usual stunning displays of prize winning flowers and vegetables. P.M. After the Show we move on to Harlow Carr, the northern garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. As can be expected in one of their gardens, there is a cornucopia of immaculate garden features and a wonderful shop to buy those quality gifts to take home.
Day 8, Saturday, September 17: We say goodbye at York with direct rail service to London Kings Cross or Manchester airport. Make your own way at a time that suits your own travel. We can advise on departure planning.
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