Gardens of Ireland and Scotland


An Mythical Journey with Karin Stanley

June 10 - 16, 2019

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      MSHS Scotland Castle Kennedy   
MSHS Scotland Glenwhan   
MSHS Scotland Logan   


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 Scotland, an ancient and dramatic land of myths and legends. Experience an abundance of unexploited and un-trampled, luxuriant gardens where a profusion of plants grow with unparalleled exuberance amongst old castles, stately manors, walled gardens, and woodland walks. We will visit a modern sculptural landscape and a garden of allegories, weaving heathers and poetry into the landscape.

This tour is an unfolding of extraordinary garden delights hand-picked by Karin. Sharing her personal experiences and intimate connections, we have unique opportunities to meet garden owners and head gardeners to experience the delights of the Scottish hospitality.

Trip Highlights

  • Stroll the colorful woodland paths of Benmore Botanic Gardens
  • Revel in magnificent scenery on a drive along Loch Lomond
  • Behold ten majestic castles and stately manors
  • Share a special private tour of the Garden of Cosmic Speculation
  • Tour Glenwhan Gardens with owner Tessa Knot
  • Visit Dumfries House garden, overseen by Prince Charles
  • Marvel at the dramatic scenery on an invigorating ferry ride to the Isle of Bute for a visit to Ascog Gardens and a house and garden tour at Mount Stuart
  • Join a guided tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Logan and Edinburgh
  • Visit gardens with spectacular plant collections, including Little Sparta and Ardkinglas Woodland Garden
  • Savor sumptuous meals with wine at our welcome and farewell dinners

Land-Only Tour Price
From $3,375* per person

*Price is per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 16 participants. Additional cost for single accommodations is $750. Airfare to Scotland is additional. Carlson Wagonlit Travel air coordinators can assist you with flight reservations.

Tour Package Inclusions

  • Five nights’ accommodations in 4-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast, 5 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 Scotland; 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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