Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Gardens of South East England
Designed for Garden Writers Association June 27-July 6th, 2004



June 27 London sightseeing
June 28 Beth Chatto, garden of Alex Pankhurst, Place For Plants, Flatford Mill and Constable Country & East of England Tourist Board
June 29 Thompson & Morgan, Garden Writers Region 7 Meeting & tour of the Guildhall
June 30 Notcutts, Sutton Hoo, Christchurch Mansion & local pub
July 1 Blooms of Bressingham & local pub
July 2 RHS Hyde Hall, Glen Chantry & presentation by Michael Warren
July 3 The Old Vicarage & Blickling Hall
July 4 Hadpsen Garden
July 5 Press Day at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
July 6 Group

Finally a group photo, and of course I was taking the picture. a grateful thank you to all the tour guests. it was truly a joy to host you on this tour!

Please note that some of our group has sent in some pictures that they would like to share with you...

A special thank you to:

Michael, Lois and Veronica (also her husband who did a great job making sure we all had drinks in hand before wandering through Michael and Lois's beautiful garden) The GWG and the members who met with us and shared a most delicious meal, their beautiful gardens and made us all feel very welcome.

East of England Tourist Board and Lindsay Want. for adding the touches to the tour that made it special for all of us.

RHS Hyde Hall and the special treatment that was given to us by Janet. it was very much appreciated!


From Nancy Szerlag, guest on tour...

Read her article here

See some of the photos submitted by members of the group - photos here

Article by Deborah Peck who wrote this article for the Fredericton's Daily Gleaner newspaper - Read article here

Trends in outdoor living featured at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
By Lorraine Flanigan -  Read article here


Some comments that have been received so far...

'Fun filled, enjoyed extra stops in villages'

'Excellent, restaurant service very pleasant, good mix of gardens and non garden visits'

'Excellent choice of gardens, Thanks Donna and everyone at Farlie - you did a great job'

'A delightful tour, with many off the beaten track surprises'

'Fabulous effort by all concerned - bravo!'

'Donna, thank you for your attention to detail and inexhaustible patience and good nature'

'Since I've never been on a trip like this, I wasn't sure what to expect, but it has been great'

'Excellent planning and gardens'

'Very nice tour, thank you for your time and energy

'The treatment and considerations shown to us were great, excellent coach and driver'

'Excellent garden selection'

'Enjoyable people, comfortable accommodations, good experiences..'

'Thank you for all of your efforts to make our trip memorable. It was a great opportunity for us to meet exciting people and visit exceptional gardens. Do you think that East Anglia will be the same after our diverse group of garden lovers left the area?'

'The trip was the greatest! Tom and I loved it all'

Thanks again for such a great tour--Not only was it fun, it also provided all sorts of useful info and ideas that will be good fodder for future talks and stories. In fact, I've written a bit about the tour in my September editorial (accompanied by a shot of a terrified-looking me on a cherry picker at the Hampton Court show). Lorraine Flanigan took the snap as I was being mercifully deposited back on the ground. Yikes.



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