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Great English Gardens & The Chelsea Flower Show

May 15-23, 2025

9 days | England | alumni UBC Travel Club

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Join Gary Lewis for the colour and excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show combined with some of the south of England’s finest gardens.

From our base in the lovely spa town of Tunbridge Wells we’ll immerse ourselves in a selection of fabulous gardens from Lady Churchill’s magnificent rose garden at Chartwell House to the beloved garden masterpiece created by Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst to the bold and dramatic plantings at Great Dixter. Admire the opulence of Hampton Court Palace and marvel at the Victorian glass houses at Kew Gardens as we tour the grand gardens around London. Enjoy a full day at the Chelsea Flower Show on the less-busy Members Day. This is the world’s greatest floral show and is sure to be an inspiration.

Our stay is split between the historic Spa Hotel of Tunbridge Wells and the central London four-star Millennium Kensington Hotel.
alumni UBC Travel Club
Tour Cost (per person):
C$6495 including taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
20 - 24 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers on tour start date; accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; ground transportation by private coach; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; entrance fees to all sites visited with the group; services of English-speaking specialized guides; meals as specified in itinerary; porterage of one standard piece of baggage per person; gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals; all taxes; services of your Tour Leader Gary Lewis; fully escorted by our UK Tour Director.

"Gary is extremely knowledgeable about the flora and he was always very helpful and informative." - alumni traveller on our Gardens of New Zealand tour
"Gary was great! He created a relaxed and fun environment for the tour. His plant knowledge was incredible! He was wonderful to spend time with." - alumni traveller on our Gardens of France tour

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in London, travel to Turnbridge Wells
2Sissinghurst Castle, medieval market town of Rye, Great Dixter House & Gardens
3Gravetye Manor Gardens, Royal Botanic Garden Wakehurst
4Chartwell House and Hever Castle
5Long Barn Gardens, Eltham Palace, Horniman Gardens, travel to London
6Chiswick House, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Fulham Palace
7Chelsea Flower Show
8Hampton Court Palace, RHS Wisley Gardens
9Depart London
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Your Tour Leader

UBC alumnus Gary Lewis is the owner of Phoenix Perennials, a cutting edge retail nursery in Vancouver, and an expert on perennials and horticulture. He is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable plant experts with a deep and special interest in rare and unusual herbaceous perennials. He recently published The Complete Book of Ground Covers.

alumni UBC Travel Club
Tour Cost (per person):
C$6495 including taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
20 - 24 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers on tour start date; accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; ground transportation by private coach; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; entrance fees to all sites visited with the group; services of English-speaking specialized guides; meals as specified in itinerary; porterage of one standard piece of baggage per person; gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals; all taxes; services of your Tour Leader Gary Lewis; fully escorted by our UK Tour Director.

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