Since 1988, Ron Rule and Travel Consultant, Julia Guest have collaborated in designing and guiding exclusive Garden Tours with a dozen or more departures to England and/or France. The tours appeal to both professionals and novice gardeners alike, visiting many private gardens whose owners have become personal friends.
Well qualified as a tour leader, Ron Rule is the principal designer and program director for the Certificate in Garden Design at the University of British Columbia, a leading figure in the West Coast world of gardening, and one of Canada's most recognized garden historians.
2003 was the 9th tour to England, and as it was considered the ultimate English Tour, a change came in 2009 with “In, Around and Outside Paris – A tour of Great Gardens in France” which included Normandy’s Agapanthe and Jardin Plume, among others.
In 2011 a similar agenda also included the Loire Valley and the Chaumont Garden Festival, also Desert de Retz and a few other surprises. Always, there are surprises on a garden tour with Ron. Under his guidance, an understanding of the works of LeNotre was a particular highlight.
Provence is considered the next area of ‘leading-edge’ design, watch for a tour to be announced for departure in September 2014. Enquiries welcome and as always, the tour will be limited to 10-12 only participants and escorted by Julia Guest, led by Ron Rule.