Holly's Tours

Join Holly on tours around the world, studying the unique flora and the gardens, but also the art and architecture, of the cultures she knows well. 

Come with me to Bhutan

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Travel with me to Bhutan in October. Bhutan is a tiny country, wedged between China and India. High up in the Himalayan Range, Bhutan is home to thousands of the world's species - magnolia, rhododendron, daphne, birch and cedars - among many others that we take for granted.

After leaving Bangkok at dawn on October 17 we fly past Mount Everest, Mt Lotse and other heroic, snow-covered peaks, before the pilot does a hairpin turn and, amongst much cheering, we land at Paro airport. We then descend to the capital, Thimpu, to allow us to acclimatise to the altitude. We travel over Dochula Pass and visit wonderful temples like Punaka Tzong. We walk through pristine valleys such as the Phobjikha Valley, where the revered black-necked crane nests in winter. The protection of this bird is so important that electric power is shunned in the valley. On our second last day we climb to sacred Tiger's Nest, which clings to the cliffside at around 4,000 metres.

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I have done this tour twice before...the last time just four months after my left lung was resected! Those who wish to can take a pony (very sure-footed!) up to the half-way rest café....then, there are 900 steps up and back to Tigers Nest.

We return to Bangkok on October 26 before onward flights home. You might email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for more details, and, for the tour price and reservations the contact is Noel Bradey at Spencer Travel, on 02 92815477 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Come with me to Japan

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My March/April 2018 tour to Japan also promises to be very special. Garden making is deeply embedded in Japanese culture, as is the appreciation of all things of beauty. Japanese gardens are idealised representations of a wider landscape: they fall into several categories, although different styles might be embodied in a single garden. Stroll gardens - restrained, quiet and tasteful - were often created by the ruling elite as personal pleasure grounds, whiletea gardens were incorporated into the grounds of temples, and embodied ideals of discipline. Temple gardens were intended to be more striking, many built by shoguns as a sign of power. Email me (at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for details of some of the secret places we will visit. Again, for the tour price and reservations contact Noel Bradey at Spencer Travel, on 02 92815477 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And each guest on my tours is provided with a detailed and illustrated booklet of the places we visit, and the plants we see.