This dream trip explores the Lake District's gardens with Pippa Greenwood

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From Country Living

Loved by walkers, climbers and adventurers from all over the world, the Lake District is renowned for its breathtaking beauty. But with so many places to discover – the peaceful waters, snow-capped mountains and hidden corners of total silence and tranquillity – how do you make your Lake District holiday truly unforgettable?

Well, Country Living has the answer. This May, we're inviting you to explore the stunning region in full spring bloom alongside former Gardeners' World presenter and Gardeners' Question Time panellist Pippa Greenwood.

Wonderful garden visits

On our four-day trip to the region, you’ll tour Brantwood Gardens, Windy Hall and Holker Hall with Pippa, as well as visit Sizergh Castle, with its glorious views over Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland hills, the recently restored gardens at Rydal Hall and Levens Hall's world-famous topiary gardens.

Meet Pippa Greenwood

Pippa will show you around the 18th century gardens at Holker Hall. Planted by Lord George Cavendish, they were developed during the early Victorian period to add an arboretum, conservatory, balustrade terraces and a large walled kitchen garden.

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As you explore these alongside Pippa, you'll discover stunning displays of rhododendrons and the 22-metre-tall great Holker lime.

I WANT TO GO

On your second night in the Lakes, Pippa will give an exclusive after-dinner talk, and hold a Q&A in which you can ask her all about her exciting TV gardening career.

After training as a botanist at Durham University, Pippa ran the Plant Pathology Department at RHS Wisley, answering thousands of queries from gardeners each year.

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Her TV career began with Alan Titchmarsh on BBC1's Daytime Live, before she joined Gardeners' World and appeared as the gardening consultant for ITV's Rosemary & Thyme series. She has also written a number of books, including bestseller The New Gardener.

The gateway to the Lakes

Your base for the four-day tour will be the charming, ivy-coated Crooklands Hotel, where you can relax in the bar or out on the terrace, and enjoy picturesque views of the rolling fields and winding rivers around Kendal – often referred to as the ‘gateway to the Lake District’.

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Dinner each night is included and after a three-course meal and relaxing night’s rest, you’ll be set up for exploring the Lakes.

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