Day Tours to the Finest Private gardens
In 2016 Border Lines is thirty years old. I am deeply indebted to Clare Whateley for creating Border Lines in 1986 and to Ruth Arnold and Cary Goode for carrying it on so well until it was my turn. I hope that Border Lines will continue to offer you the very best gardens across the world for many years to come. It is perhaps also a good moment to say that we owe the longevity of the company in large measure to the loyalty of our clients, which we do not forget or take for granted. Thank you.
To mark the occasion, I have arranged a very wide-ranging selection of gardens and, as in recent years, one or two interiors. I have seen more wonderful gardens than I can fit into this year’s programme and I am once again hugely grateful to all the owners I have seen over the year for their time and patience and for allowing me to bring groups to see their gardens. Increasingly this also applies to gardens abroad where we have been welcomed with great hospitality this year by owners in Sicily, the Italian Lakes and Normandy. I have been particularly struck by the generosity and kindness of the owners of South African gardens who have opened their very private gardens to two groups in the last couple of years.
This year we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown with a private tour of Stowe House, followed by a walk around the gardens with me. We combine this with a visit to the garden at The Menagerie. We have two and a half days in Norfolk that are, with the exception of one garden, entirely new to Border Lines, a private visit to the lovely garden at Woolbeding in Sussex and a private visit to Boughton House in Northamptonshire to see both the spectacular interior of the house and Kim Wilkie’s work in the garden. There will be two superb days in Dorset and a day of enchanting Warwickshire gardens. And much more; in all sixteen tours that I hope you will find hugely tempting.
Border Lines is also going to Tuscany and Le Marche in May and to The Loire and the Plant Fair at Chantilly in October. This is the new location for the plant fair which was held for thirty years at Courson. The new venue is magnificent, while retaining all the charm of Courson.
Following our two very successful tours to South Africa, we are again offering a tour to see gardens in both Johannesburg and the Cape in late October and early November. As before, with only two exceptions, we take you to gardens that would otherwise be difficult to see.
Download or View the 2016 Programme