The British Plant Nursery Guide and tour company European Connoisseurs Travel (ECT) have formed a business partnership to provide trips to nurseries and country house gardens.
ECT representative Theresa McDermott said: "European Connoisseurs Travel is delighted to be working in partnership with the British Plant Nursery Guide, enabling us to add an additional, specialist feature to our gardening tours by incorporating a range of high quality nursery visits into our itineraries. Our recent presence at the ‘Visit Britain’ stand at a major travel trade show in Berlin (ITB) demonstrated some keen interest in the German market for exactly this sort of specialised tour."
The tours are aimed at specialist horticulture groups so they are likely to have a good level of plant knowledge and are looking for a more in depth visit such as a behind the scenes tour of a working nursery or talks by a horticulture specialist, which wouldn’t normally be available.
British Plant Nursery Guide founder Gilly Pollock said: "Nursery owners across the country have told me that group visits have remained static due to the recession and the bad summers in 2011 and 2012. Working with ECT will really help boost group visits and also attract a wider range of visitors who have a real passion for plants, so this is great news for nurseries."
The first visit is planned for May with a group of Plant Heritage members from Guernsey who are visiting Merriments, The Walled Nursery and King John’s Nursery which are located on the East Sussex/Kent borders. The tour also includes visits to the gardens at Sissinghurst and Great Dixter.