Powis Castle

Powis Castle is a medieval fortress and grand country manor of striking red limestone that perches on top of a hill. Its crenelated battlements reach into the clouds and its mullioned windows overlook Italianate terraces planted up with fine herbaceous…

Garden Marlborough

Words and pictures: Michael McCoy     Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough, New Zealand 7 – 10 November 2019 This spring garden festival focused around Blenheim, New Zealand, is like no other festival I’ve ever experienced. The concentration of truly world-class…

Nest of the Feather Serpent

Linda finds a garden in Mexico that sparkles with surprise and joy. Words: Linda Ross, pictures: Larisa Avila & Linda Ross   The feather serpent is an ancient Aztec and Toltec mythical being that you see represented in many ancient…

Picardy

Picardy Marian Somes sums up her garden philosophy as ‘Let it rip!’ And it does. In spring, when I took a group of Ross Garden Tours travellers to visit Marian’s garden Picardy, it was a riot of flowers. Words and…

Chelsea magic

Chelsea is a magical garden world as full of dreams and emotion as it of of sheer hard work and skill. We took three groups on Opening Day this year and asked the tour leaders to tell us what moved…

Flower fields of Japan

Once the cherry blossoms fall, Japan bursts into colour with azaleas, peonies and wisteria creating a crescendo of colour unknown to most international travellers – and not to be missed! This  floral exuberance coincides with Japan’s Golden Week – a…