Paul Hervey-Brookes to lead botanical tour of Japan

The designer who scooped best in show and two other awards at last year's Gardening World Cup in Japan is returning - as an expert tour guide.

Deluxe travel company Cox & Kings has launched a one-off botanical tour to Japan, which takes place from 10 - 23 October 2015 and will be led by Paul Hervey-Brookes.

The 11-night tour is priced from £4,995 per person, including flights, and will see as many of the country’s 7,000 plants species, of which 2,900 are endemic, as possible on a trip which takes in the country’s top gardens, including the temples of Kyoto and the Adachi Museum Gardens.

Two days are given over to Sasebo to see the Gardening World Cup at Huis Ten Bosch, where Hervey-Brooks won best in show, best planting and a gold medal last year.

He said: "We’ll be seeking out some of the most remarkable gardens, shrines and landscapes that Japan has to offer.  From the Imperial city of Kyoto and its ancient shrines to the parks of Tokyo, off the beaten track islands with iconic landmarks and the truly modernist landscapes of Adachi Museum of Art, we will see some of Japan’s most beautiful cultural landscapes. Japan has a rich and diverse flora including many varieties of Acer, unique species of holly (Ilex) and unusual woodland shrubs such as Loropetalum. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the herbaceous perennials such as Thalictrum and Hosta."

As well as a garden and landscape designer, Brookes is an RHS Trials Judge, sitting on a panel that awards the prestigious RHS 'Award of Garden Merit'. He also mentored the RHS Young Designer of the Year Finalists in 2014.

He has designed a C S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe-themed garden for America’s biggest garden show, the Philadelphia International Flower Show, which starts next week and a large-scale garden for the Perennial charity at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park show.

Cox & Kings was established in 1758 and believes it is Britain’s oldest travel agency.

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