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America’s great gardens

Mike & Donna's verdict:

Taking the garden path is a delightful way to approach two of the East Coast's greatest cities. Stroll Manhattan's High Line and Central Park, then visit the renowned Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the lush estate gardens of the Hudson Valley and several outstanding gardens with native trees and plant species in historic Philadelphia.

Recommended tour operator: Brightwater Holidays

Brightwater Holidays says

We specialise in garden holidays so if you love to admire other people’s gardens, join a small group of like-minded enthusiasts on a fascinating escorted tour. This trip to New York, the Hudson Valley and Pennsylvania is an annual favourite.

We’ll take you from small private gardens to opulent estates and magnificent municipal gardens.

In The Big Apple, we’ll visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Central Park, the flower garden at Wave Hill in The Bronx, and walk the Highline, the elevated railway line above Manhattan designed by our Dutch friend, the legendary Piet Oudolf. There’s also a visit to the British Memorial Garden, close to Ground Zero.

The Hudson Valley, north of New York City, is rural and rugged, interspersed with prosperous suburbs, grand mansions and fantastic gardens.

We’ll take you to Bellefield, which pioneered the use of garden ‘rooms’, Montgomery Place, with its Colonial Revival formal gardens and views over the Catskill Mountains, and Stonecrop, an enchanting garden which is full of surprises.

We couldn’t miss a tour of the Kykuit garden at the Rockefellers’ family summer retreat. You’ll find terraces, rose and Japanese gardens, fountains, and an Italian loggia.

In Philadelphia, we’ll visit Bartram House, Winterthur Gardens and Longwood – one of the world’s most fantastic gardens with over 1,000 acres of lawns, conservatories, ancient trees and an intriguing private garden.

Our next departure is on 10 September 2013. This eight-night escorted tour costs from £2,195 per person (£560 single supplement) including flights from London, eight nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, sightseeing tours of New York City and Philadelphia and entry to all the gardens mentioned. Our expert tour leader is Julia Corden, the Garden Manager of the Scottish Plant Hunter’s Garden in Pitlochry.

We also arrange garden tours in the UK, Europe and such exotic garden hotspots as Japan, Morocco, South Africa and New Zealand.

Find out more about this Hudson Valley trip and gardening breaks in the UK. Request a copy of our brochure.

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