HPS at Bodysgallen Hall, Wales, 2014 Regional and topical Special Interest Groups Treborth Botanic Garden, Wales, 2014 Seed Exchange Seed Exchange Volunteers at the Henry Foundation Redbud courtesy of Carol Verhake Shoppers at the 2014 Fall Gardeners' Market Rose by Sue Silverstein

Bella Italia!

The HPS Tour of the Italian Lake District

Italian Lakes District, photo courtesy of Brightwater ToursSeptember 12 - 22, 2016, HPS will journey to the stunning lakes of Como, Garda, and Maggiore to explore a series of villas and gardens alive with color and fragrance, all set against the arresting backdrop of snow-capped mountains and glittering water. Magnificent scenery and mild climate have made this area a destination for the rich and famous for centuries, and now we Hardy Planters can appreciate it too!

Our twelve garden destinations include the Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi Park, Villa Taranto, Villa Balbianello, Isola Bella, plus trips to the botanical research center of Fondazioni Minoprio and the André Heller Botanical Garden. We will immerse ourselves in the culture of the place, and thus we have arranged for house tours at Villa Balbianello and Il Vittoriale degli Italiano, plus visits at a lemon house, an olive grove, a vineyard, and an ancient Roman villa. In addition we will tour Sacro Monte, a World Heritage Site.

Our transportation will include several motor launches as well as our comfortable tour bus. Click here for more information and the full itinerary. Click here to print the registration form. 

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