The best expert-led gardening trips to book for horticulturists
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 Madeira Flower Festival, the springtime blooms of Belgium and Netherlands, or even Monet's Gardens in Giverny, 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 April 2024

Tresco Abbey Gardens
Madeira Flower Festival with Frances Tophill

Known as the Floating Garden of the Atlantic, Madeira's lush verdant landscapes and stunning gardens make for a wonderful trip. Join gardening expert Frances Tophill as you visit the iconic Madeira Flower Festival. Not only will Frances join you on excursions, but she'll also host an exclusive Q&A session. While other horticultural highlights include the orchids at Palheiro Gardens, the exquisite colours of the Monte Gardens and the Quinta do Arco Rose Garden.

8 Days | Departs May 2024

Funchal's botanical garden
Cruise the Netherlands' Waterways with Adam Frost

Discover the Netherlands' beautiful waterways by luxury river ship next Spring and join award-winning gardener Adam Frost, as you witness the country's colourful flower fields. Adam will join you on a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens, where you'll see over 7 million flowers covering 80 acres of colourful land. You'll also see the iconic windmills along the canal banks of Kinderdijk and spend time in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Watch the landscapes pass you by from the panoramic windows of your ship, the MS Emily Brontë and enjoy the springtime in bloom.

5 Days | Departs April 2024

Flower fields alongside the canal in Amsterdam
Kent & Sussex Country Gardens with Sarah Raven

Enjoy a summer trip to several English country gardens, as you explore Kent and Sussex with garden designer, broadcaster and author, Sarah Raven. The highlight will undoubtedly be a special talk hosted by Sarah at her garden at Perch Hill, East Sussex. But you'll also have private early access to Sissinghurst, and visit the gardens at Lullingstone Castle, Great Comp, Pashley Manor, Great Dixter and Scotney Castle. Stay in picturesque Royal Tunbridge Wells for three nights.

4 Days | Departs June 2024

a garden with flowers and a castle in the background
England’s Grand Gardens with Arthur Parkinson

Tour Hardwick Hall, Haddon Hall and Easton Walled Gardens and hear from one of Britain's most inspiring young gardeners on this four-day trip. Arthur Parkinson will join you at Easton Walled Gardens in Leicestershire, before lunch at a nearby country pub, where he'll also host an exclusive talk and Q&A session. A 19th-century manor house hotel, with extensive and award-winning gardens will provide the perfect base for your tour.

4 Days | Departs June 2024

a table and chairs in a garden
Monet’s Gardens with Paula McWaters

Stay at a beautiful French chateau, surrounded by the Chantilly Forest on this unique short break in the company of expert gardener, Paula McWaters. During this trip, you'll tour Claude Monet's spectacular gardens at Giverny, in the company of Paula who will also host a talk and Q&A session for guests. Further highlights include the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris, where you can witness Monet's spectacular series of murals; the Château de Chantilly, with its extensive collection of fine art; and the charming market town of Senlis.

4 Days | Departs July 2024

a green bridge over water with purple flowers