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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Greenyonder Tours for 2011

Jean, one of the tour guides and has great knowledge and enthusiasm about gardens, plants and Patrick Geddes 

It's spring again and Greenyonder Tours'  2011 programme will be opening on Easter Sunday with our walking tour Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile, leaving from outside John Knox House at 2.30 pm.  This would be an enjoyable thing to do if you have visitors over Easter, or if you'd simply like to bring in the spring with an easy walk through plants, history, and new stories about today's gardens.  Royal Mile gardeners are really flourishing - there were two new gardens added last year, and the possibility of two more this year.

The public programme also features occasional tours: By Leaves We Live shows unexpected community gardens past and present around the Castle and Grassmarket, including some original research I've been doing into Patrick Geddes's children's gardens at the turn of last century. Medical herbalist Julia Cook will lead her very popular Healing Herbs in the City. What I love about Julia's tour is her love of all plants, and she'll share her medicinal knowledge about weeds growing through paving stones as much as beautiful plants in formal gardens.

NEW! Last year I took a few group bookings for summer evening tours and realised what a lovely time of day it is, so, for the first time, we're offering a programme of summer evening tours.  Every second Tuesday in May, June and July, we'll offer a range of tours starting at 6.30 pm.  Check here for our special offers - any four summer evening tours for £25 (a saving of between £5 - £11) or any three summer evening tours for £20 (a saving of between £2 - £8).  

The simplest way of checking which tour is on on which day is to use the tour diary.

We take group bookings at any time of year.  There is a wider range of tours available for group bookings, and they're at special group rates, so please do take a look at the website and pass on to anyone who may be interested.  I can post details in leaflet format too.

In the last newsletter I mentioned that I was writing a guide book on the Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile.  Thank you to everyone who got in touch to give their support to this venture.  I've finished the research - now I just need to finish writing it!  I am still aiming to have it ready for sale in 2011. There, I've committed myself.

NB  Greenyonder will be on holiday between 2 - 22 April.  It is completely safe to pay for and book tours online as the receipt is sent to you automatically by PayPal.  However, I will not be able to process gift vouchers or cards between those dates.  I'll be checking emails once a week.

I look forward to seeing you and your friends in 2011.


 tel: 0131 444 1725

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