Australian Wildflower Adventures
based: Western Australia
Outback and wildflower tours throughout Western Australia, your guide has a particular knack for finding Western Australian wildflowers. Tours are generally limited to a maximum of 20 people.
| botanical | Australia |
Field Studies Council
based: Shropshire, UK
Offering a range of natural history and botanical courses for individuals and families at field centres in some of the finest UK locations. One day and residential courses under headings such as 'flowers and plants', 'habitats and conservation' and 'exploring the natural world'.
| botanical | UK |
International Dendrology Society (IDS)
based: Herefordshire, UK
The International Dendrology Society organises members tours worldwide, visiting arboreta, botanical collections and to view shrubs and trees growing in natural habitats. Membership is available for people of all ages and experience who have a serious interest in plants, shrubs and trees.
| botanical | Worldwide |
National Trust (The)
based: London, UK
Working holidays in National Trust locations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. These include historic buildings as well as countryside, coastal, woodland and farm locations. Many different types of holiday aimed at a wide variety of interests and age groups.
| working/volunteer | archaeological digs | country crafts | botanical | youth/teen | UK |
based: Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK
Orkney Islands birdwatching, wildlife, botanic and culture holidays based on an organic family farm at Gerraquoy, South Ronaldsay and Orkney mainland.
| botanical | Scotland |
Garden and botanic holidays and escorted tours for more mature travellers. Tour with an expert host providing an insight into the world's horticultural beauty. Visit acclaimed gardens, impressive plant collections, carefully maintained estates, subtropical flora and the untamed botanical beauty of wild flowers and plants in their natural habitat.
| seniors/silver surfers | botanical | garden | sightseeing | city breaks | singles |
based: Reykjavik, Iceland
Botanical tours in Iceland giving guests a taste of the very best that Icelandic nature has to offer, including diverse flora and fauna and scenic landscapes. While the summer is the prime time for flowering plants, they also offer a seasonal woodland tours to explore plant life in winter.
| botanical | herb | Iceland |
based: Cambridgeshire, UK
Wild flower, botany and natural history holidays in the UK and Europe. A strong supporter of wildlife conservation, all trips are designed to support nature conservation at the destination and all profits are donated to The Wildlife Trusts.
| botanical | UK | Europe |
Vira Natura Botanical Holidays & Tours
based: UK & Turkey
Dedicated botanical holidays and flora-oriented tours in Turkey. Leading tours to diverse natural areas to experience wild flowers at their best. Also programs combining botany with walking, wildlife, cultural sites, gardens and photography.
| botanical | Turkey |
Botanical Turkey Tours
based: Antalya, Turkey
Guided botanical tours in Turkey, looking at orchids, bulbous plants and wild flowers in the Antalya area and the Taurus and Caucasus mountains.
| botanical | Turkey |
based: Norfolk, UK
Offering botanical painting holidays in Umbria, Italy, creating watercolour paintings of botanical and natural history subjects (non-painting partners welcome).
| botanical | painting/drawing | Italy |
Wild Food School
based: Cornwall, UK
Weekend and day courses offering hands-on experience in identifying and cooking with many of Britain's edible wild plants.
| botanical | herb | cookery | England |
ENGLAND: Gardens of England & Chelsea Flower Show
A 15-day tour package taking in the very best of the gardens and natural countryside of England and Wales, combined with visits to famous flower shows. The gardens include those of Hampton Court Palace, the Gardens of Wisley, and Bodnant Gardens. This tour starts with a visit to the famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, and ends by visiting the new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
An excellent place to start, with a choice of short general UK based plant identification courses throughout the year. Ideal for beginners, most of the courses listed have a strong emphasis on plant identification skills, starting with the general principles and then moving onto more detailed identification methods. Covering a wide range of plants from lichens and seaweeds to grasses, ferns and fungi.
These botanic holiday courses are run by the Field Studies Council, who are an environmental education charity who aim to bring 'environmental understanding to all'. The course list includes both day and short residential courses with accommodation.
A 7-night trip to explore the rich botanical diversity of the Island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Because of its unique climate and geography, Tenerife offers immense biological diversity, with as many as 140 plant species being endemic. Tenerife's sub-tropical north is a dramatic contrast to the desert landscape of the south of the island. A mountain range runs through the centre, with fertile valleys to the north. Canada's del Teide forms a gigantic natural crater at the centre and the rocky coastline is dotted with golden and black volcanic beaches.
This trip includes five full-day excursions, with ten garden and wild flora visits, all accompanied by an expert host.
TURKEY: Wildflowers amongst antiquity
An 8-day botanical tour looking at wildflowers, plants and historical sites in Lycia from Vira Natura Tours who are a leading travel company for dedicated botanical and flora-oriented tours in Turkey. They offer holiday programs that combine botany with other wildlife, gardens, cultural sites, and flower/wildlife photography.
In this location azure seas lap the rugged coastline of the Olimpos-Bey Daglari National Park and the area hosts a rich assortment of scented pine forest, rocky headlands and historical sites. The plant-life is diverse with many endemic species.
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