Posted by: marymarthatours | December 8, 2013


Trewithen gdn, Rod Allday, CCASA2.0

Cornish Garden in the spring

Wonderful news!  The Spring Gardens of Cornwall and Devon Tour, scheduled for April 26 to May 10, 2014, has reached its minimum number of group members and is now officially a GO.  We are currently at 18 travelers, but there’s still room for up to 12 more.  It will be a small but special group, with Master Gardeners and other garden fans from Minnesota, Washington, and British Columbia so far.

Martha and I are thrilled that this tour will be going.  Now we can start the final planning in earnest, with Martha putting together morning fun and prizes, and Mary working out the details of visits and her series of afternoon talks on the “History of English Garden Design”.

lanhydrock2, Graham Hogg, ccasa2.0

Spring bulbs in formal garden at Lanhydrock

We’re looking forward to the many new experiences that we will share with the rest of the group.  Some of the places we’ve not been to before include:

  • Lanhydrock House and Garden, a Victorian era house, formal gardens, and woodland.
  • Shute House, with its late 20th century water garden by famed garden designer Geoffrey Jellicoe.
  • St. Ives in Cornwall, art headquarters of the Cornish coast.
  • Coleton Fishacre, an Arts & Crafts house with Art Deco interiors and a luxuriant garden by the sea.
coleton fishacre2, Waterborough, CCASA3.0

Coleton Fishacre Arts & Crafts era house

And we’ll be able to introduce some of our favorite cities and sights in this part of England to newcomers, including:

  • Highclere Castle, the home of ‘Downton Abbey’ and so much more.
  • The city of Bath, full of sightseeing and shopping opportunities.
  • Salisbury Cathedral, we hope you’ll get there for an Evensong Service.
  • Glastonbury Abbey, peace and serenity among the imposing abbey ruins.
  • Stourhead Garden, a remarkable example of the 18th century landscape style garden.

Springtime at Stourhead Garden

With so many wonderful gardens and experiences on offer, why not give yourself a great holiday present and plan to join our jolly band of travelers.  The full brochure and particulars can be found by clicking here.

(by Mary)

photo credits:  Cornish Garden in Spring, copyright by Rod Allday and licensed for reuse by Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2.0 license; Lanhydrock formal garden, copyright by Graham Hogg and licensed for reuse by Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2.0 license; Coleton Fishacre, copyright by Waterborough and licensed for reuse by Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 license;  Stourhead, photo in collection of Mary Wallace.



  1. So excited to get Ann’s letter. My final check is in the mail!

  2. Calling you men! Collie, my husband, is joining us for this tour. He will be happy as the only male traveler, but OK if other men wish to also travel with all the gals. Gals, please be extra nice to Collie while I am busy with Mary keeping everything on track.
    Cheers, Martha

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