Join us on a tour of the f lora and gar­dens of cen­tral Spain,

Join us on our tour of Madrid and the Sierra de Guadar­rama to dis­cover both clas­sic gar­dens and ex­cit­ing con­tem­po­rary de­signs

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Spain has earned a rep­u­ta­tion as a coun­try of ex­traor­di­nary cre­ativ­ity in many fields. Gar­den mak­ing and land­scape de­sign are now catch­ing up, and this six-day tour, based in Madrid, is an op­por­tu­nity to see sev­eral dif­fer­ent as­pects of the coun­try’s gar­den­ing life.

The Ibe­rian Penin­sula is very rich botan­i­cally, and Spain has the sec­ond largest num­ber of plant species in Europe. In late May the wild­flow­ers should be at their colour­ful best, and a num­ber of short walks in the re­gion of the Sierra de Guadar­rama, north of Madrid, are planned to ap­pre­ci­ate this rich flora and to un­der­stand the nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion of the coun­try’s in­te­rior.

We will visit sev­eral of the area’s clas­si­cal his­toric gar­dens, such as Par­que El Capri­cho de la Alameda de Osuna and the gar­dens of Pala­cio Real de La Granja de San Ilde­fonso, as well as the Real Jardín Botánico in Madrid. We’ll meet two of the coun­try’s lead­ing gar­den de­sign­ers, Miguel Urquijo and Fer­nando Mar­tos (both of whose work has fea­tured in Gar­dens Il­lus­trated). They will ac­com­pany us to some of the pri­vate gar­dens they have cre­ated, dis­cussing with us the chal­lenges of de­vel­op­ing a new gar­den form for a tra­di­tional gar­den cul­ture and of plant se­lec­tion for a dif­fi­cult cli­mate. We will also visit the ex­per­i­men­tal gar­den of Miguel Re­cio in Se­govia.

BOOK­ING DE­TAILS Price per per­son, based on two peo­ple shar­ing: £2,520 (a sin­gle sup­ple­ment of £520 is levied by the ho­tel).

Price in­cludes: six nights din­ner, bed and break­fast at Ho­tel Li­abeny in cen­tral Madrid. The price does not in­clude ho­tel ex­tras or travel in­sur­ance, or in­ter­na­tional flights, although these can be ar­ranged through Dis­tant Hori­zons if re­quired. For more de­tails and for an in-depth itin­er­ary with de­tails of day-to-day visits, meals, etc, please con­tact Dis­tant Hori­zons.


Dis­tant Hori­zons, 13 Mel­lon­croft Drive, Caldy, The Wir­ral, Cheshire CH48 2JA, UK. Tele­phone +44 (0)151 625 3425 email info@dis­tan­tho­ri­ web­site dis­tan­tho­ri­ This tour has been ar­ranged ex­clu­sively for read­ers of Gar­dens Il­lus­trated by Dis­tant Hori­zons, or­gan­is­ers of cul­tural and gar­den jour­neys since 1996. Please note that itin­er­ar­ies may be sub­ject to change for rea­sons be­yond Gar­dens Il­lus­trated’s con­trol.

Pri­vate gar­den de­signed by Fer­nando Mar­tos. Wild­flow­ers in the Sierra de Guadar­rama.

TOUR LEADER Noel Kings­bury is a reg­u­lar Gar­dens Il­lus­trated con­trib­u­tor and a gar­den writer, re­searcher, lec­turer and teacher. He is well known for his ex­per­tise in sus­tain­able plant­ing de­sign.

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