Join awarding-winning flower and garden photographer Charles Needle for a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime photo tour of some of the finest private and public gardens of Southern England, featuring vibrant-colored plant palettes, rich textures, unusual shapes and old-world architectural and water features.
During the course of this 11-day trip, we will visit 15 quintessentially English gardens, with exclusive private access to all but two, each with its own personality and distinctive features.
After an afternoon meet and greet the day before, your journey begins in London with a day-long visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world and includes four glass houses, a Japanese garden, arboretum, perennial border, Rhododendron dell, rock garden and much more.
Then, over the next nine days, we will visit the following gardens: Broughton Grange Gardens, Kiftsgate Court Gardens, Hidcote Manor Garden, RHS Garden Wisley, Great Dixter House and Gardens, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Borde Hill Garden, Pashley Manor Gardens, and Gravetye Manor House, plus five additional ‘secret’ private gardens.
Our visit is timed for maximum color at peak bloom. Some of the flowers you will likely be able to photograph include: Wisteria, Laburnum, Irises, Poppies, Allium, Lupines, Phlox, Clematis, Lotuses, Peonies, Rhododendron, Roses, Geranium and many more!
While this is primarily a photo tour, as opposed to a photo workshop, Charles will demonstrate various Impressionistic and multiple-exposure garden photography techniques and cover composition and macro flower photography methods while in the field. His goal is to teach you how to go beyond the ‘snapshot’ and craft a truly great intimate garden landscape photograph, thus capturing a garden’s essence or ‘spirit’.
Price: $6895 USD (double occupancy)