Tulipmania 2018 with Jonathan Moseley - flights included
A Spring tour to the home of the Tulip
Monday 9 - Wednesday 11 April
Join Jonathan Moseley - Floral Expert on BBC2's Big Allotment Challenge and founder of #flowertalk - on a floral journey of discovery. This three day tour offers you the opportunity to visit the region's most extraordinary gardens, pick up new flower arranging skills and learn some fascinating facts about the most magical of all spring flowers, the tulip. We will stay at the 4* NH Leeuwenhorst, close to the beautiful bulb fields.
Keukenhof’s annual festival of spring flowering bulbs is one of the world’s most spectacular floral events and this tour offers a once-a-year opportunity to witness the garden’s seven million bulbs in flower. We will walk along pathways between breathtaking displays of tulips, anemones, daffodils, freesias and hyacinths and past the extraordinary floral tapestries and tableaux created each year by leading international floriculturalists. We will also visit the sculpture garden, home to a wide variety of floral displays, and the many exhibition pavilions, including the William Alexander Pavilion with its thousands of tulips, the orchid-filled Beatrix Pavilion and the Orange Nassau Pavilion where florists give daily demonstrations.
An oasis of tranquility in the middle of the city and one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, Hortus Botanicus is the site where, one autumn day in 1593, the botanist Carolus Clusius planted a handful of bulbs he had been given and so introduced the tulip to Netherlands. It is also the place where the Latin naming system was developed. We have time to explore this historic garden's vast collection, which includes some rare and notable species such as the famous Queen of the Waterlilies, Victoria Amazonica and several of the world's oldest pot plants.
As well as allowing plenty of time to explore the gardens and glasshouses at Hortus Botanicus, we have also arranged for horticultural expert and Head of Greenhouses Rogier van Vugt to talk to us about plant collecting and the history of the Museum. Rogier is hugely knowledgeable and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. After the talk we will be treated to tea, coffee and cake and then I will create a series of hand-tied displays using foliage cuttings from the garden.
The Van den Berg Greenhouse is home to internationally-acclaimed florist Astrid Van den Berg’s studio and shop and our afternoon here is one of the highlights of the trip. Astrid will talk about her life in floristry and show us how to make a beautiful, Dutch style tulip display, then I will create an English take on tulip-inspired designs. The visit ends with a delicious, informal tea with Astrid in the studio.
The Netherlands is the largest player in the international floriculture industry with a 52% share in the global export of flowers and plants. The auction house Flora Holland is at the heart of it all, trading 20 million flowers and decorative plants each day. We make an early morning trip to the Aalsmeer site near Schiphol to experience all the buzz and excitement of the trading floor first hand.
Tulips may be the focus of the tour, but this region is also home to family run rose breeding company Meijer Roses. Established in 1970, it specialises in the production of the award winning Avalanche rose. With its long stem and large, blowsy flower head, this rose has become the UK's most sought after wedding flower and is the bloom of choice for royalty and celebrities.
With so much to inspire, you are bound to want to take some things home and there are plenty of opportunities to buy bulbs and floral sundries during our stay. Keukenhof has outlets selling bulbs which can be ordered and sent out to you in time for autumn planting, while the Van den Berg Greenhouse is a treasure trove of floral accessories.
No trip to this part of the Netherlands would be complete without a visit to the picturesque cities of Leiden and Delft.
With its network of canals lined with 17th Century buildings, Leiden is a city to stroll in. The narrow backstreets are filled with interesting boutiques and visitors should make sure to visit the Pieterskwartier area with its historic almshouses and speciality shops. Rembrandt's birthplace offers many cultural attractions too, including a world-class contemporary art museum, Stedelijk and the enchanting windmill museum, De Valck.
Synonymous with the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer and the iconic blue and white pottery that bares the city’s name, Delft is also the burial place of William of Orange. This rich history can be explored in the many museums including the Vermeer Centre and the Royal Delft Experience. The narrow, canal-lined streets surrounding Market Square have plenty of galleries, one-off fashion and vintage boutiques to tempt shoppers.
All flights arrive into Amsterdam Schipol Airport
From Heathrow with KLM
KL1008 Outbound: departing 0955 arriving 1255
KL1033 Inbound: departing 2030 arriving 2055
From Birmingham with KLM
KL1424 Outbound: departing 1120 arriving 1330
KL1435 Inbound: departing 2105 arriving 2115
From Bristol with KLM
KL1050 Outbound: departing 0920 arriving 1135
KL1057 Inbound: departing 2145 arriving 2155
From Manchester with KLM
KL1074 Outbound: departing 1110 arriving 1335
KL1083 Inbound: departing 2115 arriving 2135
From Leeds with KLM
KL1542 Outbound: departing 1020 arriving 1225
KL1551 Inbound: departing 2200 arriving 2210
From Norwich with KLM
KL1516 Outbound: departing 0920 arriving 1115
KL1527 Inbound: departing 2120 arriving 2110
- Meet Jonathan Moseley and the tour manager at Amsterdam Schiphol Plaza
- Visit to Hortus Botanicus, Leiden. Talk by Horticultural expert and Head of Greenhouses Rogier van Vugt
- Tea, coffee and cake
- Demonstration of hand-tied bouquets by Jonathan
- Free time to explore the botanical gardens and Leiden
- Check in to NH Leeuwenhorst
- Dinner at the hotel
- AM - visit to Keukenhof
- PM – visit to the Van den Berg Greenhouse. Astrid Van Den Berg will talk about her life in floristry and then both she and Jonathan will demonstrate how to make various tulip-inspired creations.
- Tea, coffee and cake in Astrid’s studio
- Free time to shop at Van den Berg Greenhouse
- Dinner at the hotel
- AM - visit to Royal Flora Holland
- Visit to Meijer Roses
- Free time in Delft
- Return to Schiphol Airport for departure to the UK
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- Return flights from Heathow/ Birmingham / Bristol / Leeds / Bradford / Manchester and Norwich with KLM
- 2 nights' half-board at 4* NH Leewenhorst
- Visit to Keukenhof
- Visit to Royal Flora Holland to see live auctions
- Visit to Hortus Botanicus Leiden with a guided talk
- Visit to Meijer Roses for a guided talk
- Shopping at VD Berg Nursery/Studio
- Floral demonstration by me
- Floral demonstration by Astrid van den Berg
- 2 group dinners with me
- Light lunch at VD Berg studio
- Coach travel in Holland
- Services of an ECT Tour Manager
- 23Kg luggage allowance