After a year of planning, weeks of tweaking details, and a crazy last few days sorting out the unexpected, I’m bound for Southern England with an eager group of enthusiastic gardeners; gardeners who, like me, never tire of plants, landscape design, travel, or the camaraderie of those who wield the spade.
After a tour of Kensington Place on arrival Monday morning, our first stop is Hampshire, a costal county to the south and west of London. Hampshire’s seat is Winchester, the former capital of England, and two of England’s largest ports, Portsmouth and Southampton, are located on its coast.
Our first home away from home will be Tylney Hall, a luxury country hotel with 66 acres of beautiful gardens, including a water garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll. From here, we’ll visit local sights, such as the Jane Austen House & Museum, and nearby gardens, including RHS Wisley, before moving on to Kent.
I hope to post a few photos while I’m touring, but you know how these things go. If you don’t hear from me, we’ll catch up when I get home.