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    June 10-18, 2018

    England, Gardens of the West Country

    Cornwall, Devon, Somerset & Wiltshire

    Come explore the enchanting West Country of England, with rich gardening traditions that have influenced Western horticulture.

    Our trip starts in coastal Cornwall, where the mild, maritime climate supports both subtropical and Mediterranean-style plantings. From there, we will continue on through equally lush and diverse garden settings in Devon, Somerset, and Wiltshire.

    Your AHS Hosts will be Holly and Osamu Shimizu, horticultural professionals who trained in England. Holly is an AHS Board member.

    Our tour organizer is Susie Orso, a native of Britain, who has arranged and led dozens of AHS Travel Study programs. Susie has created this special tour, offered exclusively to our AHS travellers.



    • Our itinerary begins on the picturesque Cornish coast with walks through the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project, Trelissick, and Glendurgan Garden. 
    • Crossing into Devon we will visit the Antony House and its gardens, the thatched cottages of Mothecombe, the gardens and interiors at Mothecombe House with its architectural additions by Sir Edward Lutyens, and the Garden House with a famed two-acre walled garden.
    • More historic houses and gardens await us in Devon, including the Elizabethan manor, Cadhay, and Killerton House, where the landscape was created by Capability Brown and Scottish horticulturist John Veitch.
    • In Somerset and Wiltshire we will see Wells Cathedral and nearby Milton Lodge, then the next day visit Bath, Bradford on Avon, and Iford Manor with its hillside garden by Harold Ainsworth Peto.  
    • At Claverton Manor we will tour the American Museum and its Mount Vernon Garden, a replica of the flower garden at George Washington's home.

    Top-rated Accommodations

    • Our first nights will be at Tresanton Hotel in Cornwall, on a hillside nearly surrounded by the sea.
    • The five-star Bovey Castle in Dartmoor National Park will be our Devon home for two nights.
    • We will spend our last three nights at the Lucknam Park Hotel, an 18th century Palladian-style mansion on 500 acres of parkland. 


    View printable registration form.

    View registration form that can be filled out online.

    For more information and to make reservations, please contact Susan Klejst, Director of Development & Engagement, at development@ahsgardening.org (703) 768-5700 ext. 127, or Laura Popovich, Development Coordinator, at development@ahsgardening.org (703) 768-5700 ext. 132. Our fax number is (703) 768-8700.