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China In 2011: A Great Travel Opportunity For Keen Gardeners


Providence sometimes presents wonderful opportunities. Keen gardeners with a penchant for travel will relish the prospect available in China next spring.

The annual Peony Festival in Luoyang takes place in the second half of April, traditionally from the 15th to the 25th. The Festival takes place at many venues throughout the city and includes many cultural events as well as vast displays of the star attraction. The Tree Peonies are native only to China, and therefore truly special.

Xi’an, more famous for the nearby Terracotta Warriors, will host the 2011 World Horticultural Expo between 28 April and 22 October. Themed Eternal Peace & Harmony between Nature & Mankind, Nurturing the Future Earth and sited in its own purpose-built grounds this event will incorporate a wide range of gardens and gardening ideas.

Since the two cities are now connected by a high-speed rail link the two events are easily combined.

China Journeys ( have teamed up with Kathleen Gagan of Peony’s Envy ( to create a 15 night trip from Shanghai to Beijing incorporating a range of horticultural experiences including the two above as well as a host of other tourist sites en-route. This trip, Peonies Plus, is an all-inclusive package featuring 5-star accommodation throughout.

Kathleen will accompany the group, sharing her wealth of horticultural knowledge and using her Mandarin to lead forays out into the China beyond the tourist sites. Other experts have been lined up to give talks about the three styles of garden in China: Imperial, Temple and Private.

There can only be one departure of this trip. This will begin in Shanghai on 21 April, 2011. The maximum group size is just 18. To find out more details and reserve a place, visit:


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