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 2020.

I am pleased to present our upcoming tour lineup for 2020

Dear Garden and Nature Travelers,

My website devoted exclusively to tours and travel continues to be the best place to find up to date information on my tours. If you have not visited Garden and Nature Tours, please visit for information on upcoming tours, travel tips and more. I have a great lineup of tours for 2020. I will be posting brochures as soon as we have all the details worked out, so please reserve the dates on your calendar. I am happy to add your name to the interested list so that you can receive advance notice of the tours. Just send me an e-mail and indicate which tour you are interested in.

Garden Tours for 2020 with the Minnesota State Horticulture Society and Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Join The Minnesota Horticultural Society and me this coming year for these exciting tours.
March 26-April 1, 2020

May 20-28/29, 2020; May 17-20

November 2020

Registration for these tours is now open, view information at:

Other Exciting International Destinations

Chile's Gardens and Glaciers
Secret Gardens of Santa Fe
Gardens and National Parks of New Zealand

Gardens and National Parks of Vietnam
gardens of Spain—Andalucia
Gardens of Central North Carolina

Gardens and National Parks of Croatia and the Adriatic Coast
Denver Gardens and Rocky Mountain Wildflowers
Gardens of Southern Italy and the Amalfi Coast

2020 Destinations

March 26-April 1, 2020Spring Gardens of Charleston and Savannah

Cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses define the port city of Charleston, South Carolina, founded in 1670. Beautiful architecture and lush gardens are woven throughout the historic neighborhoods of Charleston, which has consistently been named among the 10 most courteous and friendly cities in America. Unsurprisingly the city has been renowned for three centuries as “a city set in a garden.” I have planned our visit during the peak of the city's blooming season to showcase Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. Our journey features private gardens, parks and historic landscapes such as Magnolia Plantation, Middle Place and Brookgreen Gardens. Of particular interest is Mrs. Whaley’s Charleston Garden, made famous by a book of the same name.

Savannah, Georgia has the largest urban landmark historic district in the United States. In this 2.5 square mile area, we discover an astonishingly preserved genteel city encompassing the beauty, architecture and history of the old South. Savannah was founded in 1733 by General James Edward Oglethorpe, whose colonial plan was based on a grid of residences and broad thoroughfares with spacious public squares located at regular intervals throughout the city. This design has blossomed into a gracious city whose downtown has been enhanced by more than fifty years of preservation activity. Twenty-two oak-canopied squares surrounded by lovely homes and churches give Savannah a character of its own.

We will explore this unique city through walking tours, private garden visits, and guided visits to historic properties like the Juliette Gordon Lowe Center, Green-Meldrim House, Owens-Thomas House and the Isaiah Davenport House. No visit to Savannah is complete without a stroll in Bonaventure Cemetery, made famous by the novel
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

May 20-30, 202025 English Gardens You Must See (Before You Die)

England lays claim to some of the world most celebrated gardens and grand estates. Join C. Colston Burrell and Isabel Wrench to visit twenty-five iconic English Gardens. Inspired by the book 1,001 Gardens, we will visit must-see gardens and stately country houses from London up to the Peak District of North-central England.

Chelsea Flower Show Pre-Tour
May 17-20, 2020

Every gardener should see the Chelsea Flower Show at least once. The Show has been a staple of the British social and cultural scene for nearly 150 years. This annual spring festival is held for five days each May and features a large variety of exotic plants, as well as gardens designed by celebrities and other notables. The event is held on the grounds of London's Royal Hospital, and it is one of the largest and most celebrated flower shows in the world. This exclusive tour includes Royal Horticultural Society membership and admittance to the prestigious flower show on member‘s-only day. Before the show we travel through southeastern England to visit private gardens and estates including Great Dixter, Sissinghurst and Beth Chatto Gardens before returning to London for the Flower Show!

November 2020Gardens and Temples of Tokyo and Kyoto

Please join me for a journey of immersion into Japanese gardens, culture and cuisine. On our tour we plan to visit the must-see gardens that showcase the storied horticultural traditions of Japan. From the capital city of Tokyo, we travel to Hakone and Kyoto, a UNESCO World Heritage city.

Hiroshima Post-Tour
On our extension, we visit Hiroshima to see Peace Memorial Park as well as a visit to the famed Tori Gates of Itsukushima Shrine.

New Tours for 2021 and Beyond


Chile's Gardens and Glaciers

Secret Gardens of Santa Fe

Gardens and National Parks of New Zealand

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

Gardens and Temples of Tokyo and Kyoto Garden and Nature Tour with Cole Burrell

Gardens and National Parks of Vietnam

Gardens of Spain—Andalucia

Gardens of Central North Carolina

If you are interested in these tours, 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: 434-825-6005
PO Box 76, Free Union, Virginia 22940

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