Is good fortune a kind of grace, a gift of an inherently generous universe? I’d like to think so. But it may just be the luck of the draw.
On Facebook a few weeks back I saw a post from garden designer Carolyn Mullet about a series of garden tours she’s leading in Europe in 2015. Phillip and I had already planned a month in England in July and August, and I couldn’t imagine going on a tour too, so I jokingly remarked to Carolyn that, though I’d already planned a long English vacation later in the summer, I’d certainly like to tag along to help out with her spring tour. Luckily for me, she contacted me privately and asked if I was serious. I immediately decided I was.
So I’m now going to England two times this summer. I originally conceived our long trip to England as a kind of remedial education, having traveled to many other parts of the world, but only once to England long ago. While I feel I know many English gardens, and have visited Great Dixter and Sissinghurst, I really mostly know them through reading and the media. I want to experience English garden culture first hand, and visit as many gardens as possible, not just see them in books. I’m particularly happy to be going to the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time, attending in the year Dan Pearson returns to make his first new garden there in a decade.
Carolyn is offering the tours through her new company, carexTours. You can see our itinerary at this link. It takes us to RHS Wisley, Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Vann, Goddards, Folly Farm, High Beeches, Gravetye Manor, Munstead Wood, Hidcote, Kiftsgate, Rousham, and on our return to London, Chelsea. I hope to post about our garden visits each day–if I can manage it–after all, I will be working.
I think there are still a couple of openings if you know someone who might be interested.