British independent nurseries are in for a much-needed boost to attract group visits as a result of a new business partnership between the British Plant Nursery Guide and Bath based niche tour company, European Connoisseurs Travel (ECT).
Many nurseries are located near famous gardens but some nurseries also have fantastic gardens or historical interest and so the new business partnership is incorporating visits to nurseries as well. This is a way to add a new experience for visitors to see some of Britain’s best nurseries as well as taking in gardens and more well-known country houses.
Theresa McDermott says, “European Connoisseurs Travel is delighted to be working in partnership with the British Plant Nursery Guide, enabling us to add an additional, specialist feature to our gardening tours by incorporating a range of high quality nursery visits into our itineraries.”Our recent presence at the ‘Visit Britain’ stand at a major travel trade show in Berlin (ITB) demonstrated some keen interest in the German market for exactly this sort of specialised tour.”
The tours are aimed at specialist horticulture groups so they are likely to have a good level of plant knowledge and are looking for a more in depth visit such as a behind the scenes tour of a working nursery or talks by a horticulture specialist, which wouldn’t normally be available.
Gilly says “Nursery owners across the country have told me that group visits have remained static due to the recession and the bad summers in 2011 and 2012. Working with ECT will really help boost group visits and also attract a wider range of visitors who have a real passion for plants, so this is great news for nurseries.”
The first visit is planned for May with a group of Plant Heritage members from Guernsey who are visiting Merriments, The Walled Nursery and King John’s Nursery which are located on the East Sussex/Kent borders. The tour also includes visits to the gardens at Sissinghurst and Great Dixter.
David Weeks of Merriments said “We are really pleased with Gilly’s new partnership with ECT and look forward to welcoming our first ECT coach group to Merriments this May. Gilly is always looking for creative ways to help and promote British nurseries and this partnership will allow travel groups from the UK and abroad to see some of the real unsung heroes of our horticultural world, and to experience some fabulous gardens that really put GB on the map.”
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