Spain has earned a reputation as a country of extraordinary creativity in many fields. Garden making and landscape design are now catching up, and this six day tour: May 27th-June 1, is an opportunity to see several different aspects of the country's gardening life. The tour will be based in Madrid.
The Iberian Peninsula is very rich botanically, with Spain itself having the second largest number of plant species in Europe. We will visit at a time when the wildflowers should be at their colourful best; given a fairly severe continental climate, the season tends to be short and intense. A number of short walks in the region of the Sierra Guadarrama north of Madrid are planned to appreciate this rich flora, and to understand the natural vegetation of the country's interior.
Visit several of the classical historic gardens such as Parque El Capricho de la Alameda de Osuna and the gardens of Palacio Real de La Granja de San Ildefonso as well as the Royal Botanic Garden in Madrid. Crucially however, the party will meet two of the country's leading garden designers, Miguel Urquijo and Fernando Martos, both of whose work has been covered in the magazine. They will accompany us to some of the gardens they have created, discussing with us the challenges of developing a new garden form for a traditional garden culture and of plant selection for a difficult climate. We will also visit the experimental garden of the country's leading garden blogger.
The journey has been organised in conjunction with Gardens Illustrated magazine and follows on from the success of similar Gardens Illustrated journeys and also accompanied by Noel Kingsbury to gardens in the USA, China, Holland, Germany and the UK.
Maximum Party Size: 20