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local dirt Come with me to Britain next April S


pringtime is the most magical season in Britain. I can’t think of anywhere better to be as we await


the awakening of our own gardens here at home. That’s why I was thrilled when CAA


asked me to host a garden tour there. I chose the very last week of April, the 21st to 29th, a time few get to visit the gardens because travellers are focused on May. I am so excited to see every- thing in the freshness of early spring. Going at this time will give us a chance to enjoy a preview of the loveliness to come and still be home in time to get all the best plants on sale in early May. In Britain, all the fruit trees and


bulbs will be in bloom. The air will be scented with lily-of-the-valley, lilac and the lovely matthiola (evening scented stock). Carnations will add spice to the air and allium will be standing tall and stately among the poppies and Canterbury bells. The rhododendrons will be blazing with colour and Castle Howard (we get a private tour before it opens to the public) will be brilliant with forsythia and magnolias. We will get to visit mysterious Sher-


wood Forest, home of Robin Hood, and to see the medieval caves and the ancient oak trees. Stately Harwood House, built between 1759 and 1771, has magnificent formal gardens as well


Cambridge University Botanic Gardens are part of the tour.


as some stunning water features. The Savil garden is one of the finest


gardens in Britain and we will be there when the daffodils and lady’s slip- pers are in bloom, not to mention to azaleas and rhododendron. Have you ever seen a full grown shrub of white rhodos taller than your head? It’s breathtaking. Did I mention our visit to Windsor


Castle or to Wisely, home of the Royal Horticulture society? Heading


north, we visit the


outstanding Cambridge University Botanic Garden and then we are off to Yorkshire, where we stop by the lovely walled gardens of Helmsley Castle.


At the end of our journey, we travel


up to Scotland and go to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, which are worth a trip all by themselves. These are just a few of the highlights of what will be a wonderful


journey


that you will remember for a lifetime. And of course, we will be travelling with the loveliest people on earth – other gardeners. It’s a leisurely tour with lots of time


to enjoy yourself. I am really hoping you will join


me, but be sure and book early as the spaces are filing up quickly. See the ad on page 26 for who to call. – Dorothy Dobbie


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4 • Beautiful Gardens 2015 Favourite flower photos


Thank you to everyone who sent in photos of their favourite flow- ers. If you keep sending in your photos we will happily continue sharing them in the magazine. Send photos to tania@pegasus- publications.net.


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