Photo by Suzanne Parker.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Photo by Paul
Welcome to COOPERSMITH'S Garden Tours
Dear Garden Enthusiast,
Welcome to Coopersmith’s, North America’s
oldest and most trusted international garden tour company.
As we gear up for another tour season—our
34th year in the business— I’ve taken some time to peruse four decades’
worth of catalogs and feedback forms, along with reviews and recommendations
we’ve received in newspapers, magazines, and on the Web. As it happens,
whether I’m looking at the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s, or this current
decade, there is one thing that stands out above all else: how gratifyingly
synergistic the process of crafting small-group, high quality garden
tours has been.
When I co-founded the company back
in 1983, I saw a need for a different kind of experience than what
was then being offered (e.g., “If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium”).
My goal—to organize trips that included all the following elements:
- Relaxed pace
- Limited to one or two regions of
a single country
- Focused on two or three related
themes, such as gardens and stately homes
- Based at historic, atmospheric manor
house hotels and country inns, with several nights at each location
- Never more than twenty participants
- Led by professional, world-class
tour managers, with at least ten years’ experience in the field
In short, a stress-free sojourn for
a small group of people who love gardens, art, and architecture,
with all the advantages of independent travel, minus the work, the
worry, and the inevitable hassles.
As people began to discover and embrace
our unique style, word spread. Before long, we had a loyal clientele
that toured with us, year in and year out—many of them making new
friends with whom they traveled on subsequent COOPERSMITH'S trips.
Nowadays, upwards of 70% of our tour
members in any given year are repeat clients. A good number have
traveled with us on as many as ten, twenty, or even twenty-five
occasions. Oftentimes these folks have a suggestion or two as to
how we can make our One-of-a-Kind Tours® even better; and over time,
we’ve incorporated the best of these ideas into our our itineraries,
policies, and procedures. I am a firm believer that even the most
successful tours nearly always have room for improvement.
That process continues to this day.
Responding to suggestions from numerous clients, we’ve fashioned
an eight-night gardens, art, and châteaux tour for 2018, Springtime
in Provence, that takes in the highlights of that romantic region
at a glorious time of year. Summer
in Holland, in addition to featuring some exquisite private
gardens, includes expert-led visits to several of that country’s
world-famous museums. On Lincolnshire
& Shropshire, we showcase two of Middle England’s most horticulturally
noteworthy, off-the-beaten-path counties. Back by popular demand
are two “Unpack Only Once” tours, Springtime
in Cornwall and Springtime
in the Lake District. We’ll savor seven nights each at the same
wonderful country house hotels, the former boasting a spa and nine-hole
golf course, the latter with twenty acres of secluded gardens and
verdant woodlands, on the shores of picturesque Lake Windermere.
Both properties feature award-winning gourmet restaurants, of which
we’ll be taking full advantage.
As we look ahead to 2018, I’m confident
you’ll find our trips even more appealing than ever. It’s going
to be another exciting and inspiring year at COOPERSMITH'S. I very
much hope you’ll be a part of it!
PLEASE NOTE: As of early November,
two of our five 2018 tours were already sold out and being wait-listed,
while the others had only one or two rooms left. To avoid disappointment,
I urge you to make your bookings as soon as possible.
|Paul at Borough Market, London. Borough
has become one of the largest and finest open-air food markets
in all of Europe. Photo by Suzanne Parker.
private tours, [by] a luxury garden tour specialist..."
— Martha Stewart Weddings
company that specializes in small groups [where members] are
often taken to private gardens rarely seen..."
— The New York Times
wife recently had the good fortune to meet and speak with
[famous English horticulturalist] Penelope Hobhouse, who recommended
your garden tour as one of the two best in Europe..."
Espy, Jr., Dothan, Alabama