Hampton Court Garden Festival & The Gardens of Southern England


Join us for a wonderful tour through southern England, June 26 – July 5, 2023. The brochure with detailed itinerary and travel reservation form with pricing are available now.

With AHS Host Tracy Ward La Violette, Lecturer Garden Historian Marion Mako and Tour Manager Verity Smith of Specialtours.


  • Out-of-hours visit to the historic Sissinghurst Castle Gardens accompanied by the Head Gardener
  • Tour of the Knepp Estate to learn about the rewilding project and see the new garden by Tom Stuart-Smith
  • A morning at Great Dixter with the Head Gardener, Fergus Garrett, and a private lunch in the Yoemans’ Hall
  • An exploration of the historic towns of Rye, Arundel and the city of Winchester
  • Hampton Court Garden Festival, on the Members’ Day, to see the high-quality show gardens and horticultural exhibitions


  • Eastwell Manor, Kent. The hotel is set in Kent Parkland. The neo-Elizabethan manor house has been converted into an elegant 4-star hotel located on the edge of the Kent Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
  • Ockenden Manor, West Sussex. The 4-star hotel is an Elizabethan manor house with traditionally decorated rooms, a spa and award-winning restaurant set on eight acres of beautiful grounds overlooking Cuckfield Park.
  • Lainston House Hotel, Hampshire. This elegant, 5-star hotel was once a 17th century manor house and the hunting lodge of Charles II. With individually designed rooms, it has an award-winning cooking school and two restaurants.

For more information and to make reservations, please contact our Travel Study Department at (703) 768-5700 ext. 117, or email travel@ahsgardening.org. Our fax number is (703) 768-8700.