We invited readers on a special holiday to Italy, with hosts Monty Don and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editor, Lucy Hall, to celebrate the magazine’s 25th anniversary in 2016. Here are a selection of photographs from the trip, and some thoughts from the guests…
Gardens of Ninfa
Monty in the Gardens of Ninfa
“Just to say how much we enjoyed the trip. I do hope you will consider another similar event in the future and thank you for making the experience so enjoyable.”
Medieval village ruins at Ninfa
“Just wanted to say thank you to all involved with the ‘Meet Monty in Italy’ holiday. It was a fabulous few days. The attention to detail in organising the holiday was superb. The gardens were the stars as I had hoped, and the time spent in central Rome a lovely bonus. Looking forward to more Gardeners’ World holidays, we had a great time. We gardeners are lovely people!”
“I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I enjoyed the 25th anniversary holiday last week – thanks so much for organising it. It was such a varied and interesting programme you laid on, which was then very well executed”
A talk from Monty
“May I say a huge thank you to you [Lucy Hall] and all the team for the wonderful trip to the gardens of Rome last week. It was absolutely super – the visits, especially Ninfa, the hotel, travel arrangements – just great. All the other members of the group were so friendly and like minded, and I made a couple of really good friends. Highlights, of course, were meeting you and Monty – my daughter is green with envy! Seriously, it was the best tour I’ve ever been on.”
“I had such a wonderful time on the trip-and to visit Ninfa with Monty was beyond my wildest dreams! The whole holiday was so brilliantly organised-thank you so much.”
Monty Don with guest
See more of our guests’ images of this trip on our Pinterest page – Tour of Italian gardens with Monty Don.
Read a great write-up of this holiday – Meeting Monty Don in the world’s most romantic garden – on spectator.co.uk, by Felicity Lloyd.
Thank you to Kirsty Swinburn for providing some of the photos from the trip.