Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Reader Events -

Our jour­ney to the Ital­ian Lakes, in the com­pany of award-win­ning de­signer An­nie Guil­foyle, will take us to some of the finest gar­dens of Lakes Como and Mag­giore. We will travel mostly by boat, and while our days will be in­fused with ex­quis­ite light, by night we will revel in the fin de siè­cle at­mos­phere of our lake­side ho­tels. The warm, hu­mid mi­cro­cli­mate re­sults in ex­cep­tional grow­ing con­di­tions, with much to en­thuse the plants­man. Com­bin­ing great botan­i­cal in­ter­est with the fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory of the gar­dens’ ori­gins, our tour will move from the Re­nais­sance to the 20th cen­tury with vis­its in­clud­ing the baroque splen­dours of Villa del Bal­bianello and the his­toric gar­dens of Villa Car­lotta. The tour cul­mi­nates at Or­ti­co­lario, an un­usual, small gar­den fes­ti­val near Como. We will be stay­ing at two lovely lake­side ho­tels of­fer­ing a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of el­e­gance and charm.

Villa del Bal­bianello.

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