Garden and Nature Tours

Your escort Cole Burrell is an acclaimed international lecturer, garden designer and the author of 12 gardening books. He has escorted garden and nature tours throughout the United States as well as to Canada, Europe and the Americas.

C. Colston (Cole) Burrell has teamed up with Carlson Wagonlit Travel and The Minnesota State Horticultural Society to offer personalized leisure tours to great gardens and natural areas around the globe. From Seattle to South Africa, we arrange one of a kind tours focused on the best private and public gardens, and the most ecologically diverse natural areas, to create once in a lifetime travel adventures.

Boston Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell
Carlson Wagonlit Travel with Cole Burrell
Minnesota State Horticultural Society and Cole Burrell

Oh, the music, the camaraderie, the places we have seen....what a grand time! Cole, thank you for all you did to create a truly memorable visit to those eye-feast gardens.
Valerie Kyllo

A tour with Cole Burrell is always memorable. We see gardens that we could not otherwise see. Our individual garden tours are guided by head gardeners and garden owners.
Karen Sutherland

I am pleased to present our upcoming tour lineup for 2018.

Dear Garden and Nature Travelers,

Summer is upon us and the gardening season is in full swing. It is difficult to leave my garden this time of year, but distant gardens and exotic locations beckon. Please consider joining me on one of my exciting tours for a behind the scenes look at beautiful gardens, monumental historic spaces and exceptional natural areas.

Garden Tours for 2018 with the Minnesota State Horticulture Society and Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Join The Minnesota Horticultural Society and me in one or more of the following exciting destinations for 2018. Our first offering is a spring getaway exploring Spring Gardens of Virginia, April 19-25, 2018, visiting 18 private gardens as well as historic properties during Historic Garden Week. In early summer we visit the splendid Gardens and Chateaux of Normandy and the Loire Valley, June 18-28, 2018 tentative dates. Finally, if you missed out on our last trip to South Africa, you will surely want to join us for garden visits and Cape flora in November of 2018. We will also visit the majestic Drakensberg Mountains to enjoy the myriad botanical treasures, and end with a safari in Kruger National Park!

These tours are sure to be popular, so call and add your name to the tour list that interests you. Those on the list will have first dibs on available spots when we launch each tour. If you would like to reserve a space, please contact Bonnie Michel at bmichel@carlsonwagonlit.com or call 763-852-8120. Download the Brochures and Registration Forms on the Current Tours page below.

Other Exciting International Destinations

Captivating Cuba: Nature Meets Culture, May 30-June 9, 2018
I spent two weeks in Cuba in March of 2016, exploring the culture and natural history of this amazing Caribbean island. From antique cars and the sights and sounds of old Havana, to beautiful beaches and amazing birdlife, Cuba is an enticing destination. Inspired by my visit, I am working with The Caribbean Conservation Trust on a tour for May of 2018 to explore art galleries, historic architecture and beautiful gardens. Tour details will be announced soon.

Brazil’s Gardens and Birds: Celebrating Roberto Burle Marx and Tropical Birding, July 9-23, 2018
I have partnered with the Connecticut Audubon Society to offer a very special tour for 2018, a return to Brazil. Our exclusive itinerary includes garden visits to experience the genius of Roberto Burle Marx and to spend time in two extraordinary wild places, Itatiaia National Park and REGUA Atlantic Forest Reserve. Registration is now open. Check out the exciting itinerary by downloading the Brazil Brochure and Brazil Registration form.

2017 Destinations

October 28-November 11, 2017 Main Tour October 25-28 Pre-Tour Excursion-Iguazu FallsRomantic Argentina: Gracious Gardens and Majestic Mountains

Registration Closed!

Main Tour October 28-November 11
Argentina is noted for its flamboyant culture, sublime scenery, fine wines and international cuisine. Its exceptional gardens are less well known. Join us for a springtime exploration of the rich history of Buenos Aires, vineyards and lush gardens of the Mendoza region, and the gardens and national parks of Bariloche. We will travel from subtropical Buenos Aires to northern Patagonia, set against the towering, snow-capped Andes. Our tour includes visits to five regional botanical gardens, spectacular public parks, cultural sites like the Casa Rosada made world famous by Eva Peron, historic towns, breathtaking national parks, clear lakes and a wealth of private gardens uniquely molded by their local climates.

Pre-Tour excursion to Iguazu Falls October 25-28
Nature lovers will enjoy the rugged splendor of Iguazu, considered along with Africa’s Victoria to be the world’s greatest falls. Located along the Iguazu River which separates Brazil and Argentina, the falls has over 275 different cascades spread over a distance of 1 and a quarter miles.

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

2018 Destinations

April 19-25, 2018Spring Gardens of Virginia

Registration Open!

It is a pleasure to launch my Spring Gardens of Virginia tour. I hope that you will join me in my home town of Charlottesville for a one-of-a-kind adventure. I have arranged visits to a stunning array of private gardens of friends and clients who are ready to welcome you into their cloistered sanctuaries. Many of these generous folks are opening their gardens for the first time, and just for our group.

I have enlisted friends and professional colleagues to tour us through the historic homes of presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, as well as the Academical Village of Jefferson’s University of Virginia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historic Garden Week in Virginia offers additional opportunities to explore private estates only open for this unique event.

This truly is a behind the scenes tour affording access to private gardens that are never open to the public, as well as personal escorts through some of histories most storied homes. I look forward to sharing the beauty of Virginia in springtime with you.

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Spring Gardens of Virginia Tour with Cole Burrell

July 9-23, 2018Brazil’s Gardens and Birds: Celebrating Roberto Burle Marx and Tropical Birding, with Connecticut Audubon

Registration Open!

I have partnered with the Connecticut Audubon Society to offer a very special tour for 2018, a return to Brazil. Our exclusive itinerary includes visits to 9 of Roberto Burle Marx private gardens and public parks, including The Gilbert Strunk House and Fazenda Vargem Grande. We will also spend time in two extraordinary wild places, Itatiaia National Park and REGUA Atlantic Forest Reserve. Patricia Silva, who worked at the private garden of Burle Marx, is my co-leader.

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

  •  Brazil Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

May 30-June 9, 2018Captivating Cuba: Nature Meets Culture, with The Caribbean Conservation Trust

I spent two weeks in Cuba in March of 2016, exploring the culture and natural history of this amazing Caribbean island. From antique cars and the sights and sounds of old Havana, to beautiful beaches and amazing birdlife, Cuba is an enticing destination. I am working with The Caribbean Conservation Trust on a tour to explore art galleries, historic architecture and beautiful gardens. We will spend five nights in Havana with an architecture tour of La Habana Viejo, the National Museum of Decorative Arts, the Harbor Forts, Parque Central, Revolution Square, the National Cemetery and more. Music pours into the streets in the old town.

Gardens include the National Botanical Garden, Alamar Organoponico Gardens, and the National Institute for Research on Tropical Agriculture. In Vinales we will visit Mil Cumbres Field Station and Jardín Botánico de Caridad, as well as La Guira National Park for botanizing and birding. Tour details to be announced soon.

If you are interested in this tour, please contact Cole Burrell to add your name to the list for advance brochure and registration information.

Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell
June 18-28 tentative dates 2018Gardens and Chateaux of Normandy and the Loire Valley

Normandy and the Loire Valley lay claim to some of Europe’s most beautiful and romantic gardens. The region’s mild climate and acidic soil provide the perfect conditions for growing a vast array of plants in a wide range of garden styles from simple cottage gardens to grand estates featuring walled kitchen gardens, diverse botanical collections, subtropical plantations and landscaped “English-style” gardens. Come with us to explore the rich history, delicious food and breathtaking scenery of rural France. We travel from Paris with stops to explore quaint towns, private gardens and opulent chateaux in the two regions of France most visited by garden lovers the world over. Garden highlights include Le Vasterival, Le Jardin Plume, L’Etang du Launay, and Les Jardins Agapanthe, as well as Giverny, Villandry and Versailles.

If you are interested in this tour, please contact
Cole Burrell to add your name to the list for advance brochure and registration information.

Argentina Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell
November 2018South Africa: Botanical Riches, Gardens, and Game Reserves

South Africa is noted for its bio-diversity, big game animals, birdlife, wines, cuisine, culture and history. During this springtime exploration we indulge in all that South Africa has to offer. The Cape Floral Region, the smallest but richest, of the world’s six floral kingdoms, is dominated by Mediterranean- type fynbos filled with botanical treasure. The Drakensberg Mountains offer a distinctly different flora, with familiar plants like gladiolus and agapanthus. In addition to wild areas, we will explore private and public gardens, including the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens at the foot of Capetown’s Table Mountain. No trip to Africa is complete without a safari. Sabi Sands Game Reserve is sure to reward a visit with view of Africa’s Big Five game animals, as well as a dazzling array of colorful birds.

If you are interested in this tour, please contact
Cole Burrell to add your name to the list for advance brochure and registration information.

Boston Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

Phone: 434-975-2859
PO Box 76, Free Union, Virginia 22940

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