Four of the best expert-led gardening trips to book for 2023
For the green-fingered experts, aspirational cultivators and botanically curious, Tripsmiths offers a plethora of gardening trips for nascent horticulturists. Whether you're looking to explore a quintessential English country garden, the iconic blooms of Belgium and Netherlands, or even the wildflowers and botanical gardens of South Africa, there's a trip for you. Read on to find some fantastic inspiration through unique, expert-led gardening trips - making for the perfect itineraries to book and look forward to this year.
Isles of Scilly Wildlife & Gardens with Julian Branscombe

Explore the beautiful Scilly Isles of Tresco, St Agnes, St Martin's and Bryer on this six-day tour. Enjoy a range of scenic walks, guided excursions and wildlife explorations in the company of Julian Branscombe, CEO of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. The highlight will undoubtedly be a guided visit to Tresco Abbey Gardens, a renowned sub-tropical garden - boasting 20,000 plants from over 80 countries. Other adventures include a wildlife cruise and an organic vineyard tour, as well as a special dinner and talk from Julian.

6 days | Departs Jul 2023, Apr & Jul 2024

Tresco Abbey Gardens
Cotswolds Gardens and Cotswold Farm Park with Adam Henson

The Cotswolds' rolling countryside and honey-stone houses provide a bucolic backdrop for the exploration of some of the Cotswold's most idyllic and quintessentially English gardens, including Batsford Arboretum, Sezincote House and Gardens, and Painswick Rococo Garden. There are also trips to two charming properties on the itinerary - Sudeley Castle and Gardens and Chedworth Roman Villa. Travellers are also welcomed onto Cotswold Farm Park by its charismatic owner, Adam Henson, known for his work presenting Countryfile - offering the perfect opportunity to glean insightful knowledge about his land and animals.

5 days | Departs Sep 2023

Andalucían Architecture & Gardens with Nick Bailey

Celebrated garden designer, Nick Bailey, will join travellers in Granada on this six-day garden and architecture tour around Andalucía's exquisite cities, soaking up the Moorish architecture and the gardens that inhabit them, including in beautiful Seville and Ronda. When travellers are not out and about being charmed by the laid-back Andalusían culture, they'll rest their head in stylish and well-placed hotels.

6 days | Departs Sep 2023

Gardens of South Africa with Frances Tophill

Famed for its flora, travel to the Rainbow Nation at the time of year the wildflowers are at their most colourful - in the company of Gardeners' World presenter Frances Tophill, and master botanist, Sean Privett. During this epic two-week tour, you'll experience the wonders of South Africa - from visits to the Cape Peninsula, West Coast National Park and Ramskop Wildflower Nature Reserve, to time spent in Cape Town, where you'll see the imposing Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and Robben Island. This is an action-packed itinerary, not to be missed for any horticulture enthusiast.

15 days | Departs Aug 2023

Fields of colourful wild flowers on the West Coast of South Africa