Gardens of Ireland and Scotland


An Exclusive Jaunt with Karin Stanley

June 3 - 11, 2019

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      MSHS Ireland Altamont   MSHS Ireland Dublin   MSHS Ireland Powerscourt   


Join Karin Stanley, Irish born sculptor and garden designer, C. Colston Burrell, and the Minnesota State Horticultural Society for an exclusive, behind the scenes tour to gardens of the Emerald Isle. Karin will lead us on an enchanting and distinctive jaunt through some of Ireland's most stunning gardens. Because of her personal connections, nurtured through family acquaintances and years of garden visits, we have special access to a splendid variety of gardens in this Island of Edens.

Ireland has a broad range of planting zones due to the Gulf Stream, which allows an extraordinary diversity of plants to thrive, creating the verdant grandeur for which Ireland is famous. From walled gardens with Robinsonian planting and cloistered spaces designed with an artist’s eye, to the romantic castles and outstanding botanical gardens, this tour exemplifies the best of Irish architecture, landscapes, and gardens.

Trip Highlights

  • Exclusive admittance to private gardens with Karin Stanley
  • Visit with Helen Dillon, the doyenne of Irish gardening, in her new seaside garden
  • Meet renowned sibling gardeners Jimi Blake and June Blake in their extraordinary gardens
  • Relish planterly private gardens including Mount Usher and Altamont Gardens
  • Marvel at six castles and stately manor houses with distinctive gardens
  • Explore the National Botanic Garden with director Matthew Jebb, as well as the Japanese Gardens at Irish Stud
  • Delve into history on a walking tour of Dublin
  • Discover seven gardens in Northern Ireland, including Mount Stewart, Rowallane, and the secret gardens of Old Barrack House
  • Learn about unique seed banks held by garden owners in cooperation with Edinburgh Botanic Garden
  • Savor sumptuous meals with wine at our welcome and farewell dinners

Land-Only Tour Price
From $4,995* per person

*Price is per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 16 participants. Additional cost for single accommodations is $1,400. Airfare to Dublin is additional. Carlson Wagonlit Travel air coordinators can assist you with flight reservations.

Tour Package Inclusions

  • Seven nights’ accommodations in 4-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • All ground transportation in private motor coach
  • Arrival meet & greet guide assistance
  • Sightseeing and garden admissions as listed on the itinerary
  • Hotel porterage for 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on per person
  • Local tour host Karin Stanley
  • Tour escort C. Colston Burrell
  • A tax-deductible donation of $100 for members of the Minnesota State Horticulture Society

Not included:
Round-trip airfare to Dublin; airline fees for checked, oversized or overweight luggage; additional nights; optional sightseeing activities; gratuities for housekeeping, tour escort or local tour guide; meals not indicated in the itinerary; travel insurance; other items not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary.

Space is limited - register soon to secure your spot!
Registration deadline is January 25, 2019

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