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NEWS: Chelsea & the English Gardens of the Bohemians

Join Pacific Horticulture next May and discover the extraordinary gardens of southern England’s early 20th century bohemians and the Bloomsbury Set, made up of writers, philosophers, intellectuals, and artists. We’ll explore the masterful gardens at Sissinghurst Castle (see photo), created by Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson, and Charleston’s walled garden at the former country retreat of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. We’ll also visit Farley Farmhouse, Nymans, and Virginia Wolfe’s home and garden, Monk’s House. Nearby, we’ll see one of the country’s greatest gardens, Great Dixter, designed by Sir Christopher Lloyd. Lunch and a tour of the gardens at Gravetye Manor, as well as visits to other gardens, are also on the itinerary.

Back in London, we’ll enjoy a walking tour of Bloomsbury, historically home to many artists and intellectuals, and visit some of its most famous garden squares before enjoying high tea. Our trip culminates at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the exclusive “members only” day.

Pacific Horticulture board member Linda McKendry will escort this tour. To learn more, visit

As an SDHS partner, Pacific Horticulture offers SDHS members a special membership rate of $24/year using discount code: SDHSPARTNER. You’ll receive Pacific Horticulture magazine, as well as advance notice and discounts on tours and events. Visit for details.

Photo credit: Tony Hisgett

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