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Gardens of Europe to visit in Spring and Summer

Gardens of Europe to visit in Spring and Summer

Top Gardens of Europe No matter where you travel to in Europe there will be a garden somewhere close by. Some are small and personal others are huge show gardens designed to showcase something specific. Still, others are the grand gardens of palaces, chateaux and villas. I take great delight in visiting gardens wherever I travel to and try to carve out time to visit at least one. Here are are some gardens of Europe I would recommend. They cover a wide range of gardening styles and are just a few of my personal favourites from the many thousands there are to visit. Keukenhof Gardens, Holland One of the best and most colourful spring gardens to visit Keukenhof is a show garden for the bulb growers of Holland. As a result, it is only open for eight weeks from mid-March….

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Galicia in a Show Garden

Galicia in a Show Garden

When I was at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Flower Show I overheard Joe Swift, gardener and TV presenter, speaking to camera and encouraging us to “…put a little horticulture into our holidays.” I always try to visit gardens wherever I go as I feel it not only helps understand the culture I am in but gives me ideas that can be re-visioned and relocated into my own garden. At this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show there is a section devoted to World Gardens. I went along on Press Day to preview one of these gardens in particular and to chat with the designer Rose McMonigall. Following the success of the 2016 show garden ‘The Route of the Camellia’ the Spanish Tourist Office and Turismo de Galicia decided to exhibit again in 2017. They commissioned the same…

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Golfing holidays

Golfing holidays

A version of this post first appeared in the Avanti Travel Insurance blog which I write for on a regular basis. You can read more of my work there by clicking on this link. For many people holidays are a chance to indulge a hobby or a passion somewhere a little different. If your passion is golf then you are certain to find a golfing holiday that suits you. There will be somewhere to play in almost any part of the world. Deserts have been greened, wild moorland tamed and wasteland made attractive in the name of golf. You can even play golf on ice in Greenland. Golf is a truly international pastime and with few exceptions you can take a golfing holiday and play in almost any country in the world. Below I have highlighted five of the best European destinations…

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