Wednesday, March 3 – Monday, March 15 – The Gardens of India

Every now and then we will call your attention to a luxurious garden tour opportunity.  We are in no way affiliated with any of these tour providers, so please do your own research, but if you’re looking for unusual, garden related travel, read this:

India, most incredible India … the national fruit is the mango, the national tree is the Ficus bengalensis or the banyan tree and the national flower is the Lotus. Just like the Lotuses, prized for their serene beauty, the Taj Mahal is also prized for its beauty, beauty made as a result of a grief stricken Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. This is a very special one of a kind garden tour as it will focus on some incredible gardens and sights.Old Delhi – Raj Ghat – resting place of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, Monument of Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Qutub Minar – Victory Tower, Lotus Shaped Bahai Temple, India Gate, Presidents Palace and Parliament House. Visit to Lodhi Garden, Mughal Garden – designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and very rarely open to the public, Humayun’s Tomb – built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.

Agra – Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Taj Garden – Charbagh – In Islamic style of architecture, the garden is not just another feature but has a well-defined meaning and it symbolizes the spirituality.

Bharatpur – the Royal City of Fatehpur Sikri – the city built of red sandstone includes the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India.

Jaipur, the Pink City – Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh Garden – a symbol of love, Amber Palace, tour Pink City and Hawa Mahal for photos, Jantar Mantar – observatory built by the founder in 1728, City Palace Museum.

Jodhpur – Mandore Garden, city tour including Jaswant Thada – Taking pride of place amongst the ornamental gardens and chattris is the fabulous white marble memorial to Jaswant Singh II, built in 1899.

Udaipur, the city of lakes – Evening boat ride on Lake Pichola, visit to Jag Mandir Island, city tour including visits to City Palace, Sahelion-ki-bari – garden of the maidens, Jagdish Temple – built in 1651.

Tour provider Donna Dawson achieved her master gardener certificate in 1995, through the University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden. She is a current member of the Royal Horticultural Society as well as the Garden Writers Association, Affiliate Member Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors and member of the North American Travel Journalists Association.  Donna has been featured in numerous gardening magazines including Homemaker’s, Gardener for the Prairies, Gardens West, Canadian Gardening and Gardening Life, as well as local newspapers and Internet sites such as and where she is currently the expert on gardening. She is part of the expert panel at with her specialty in gardens. She has also had the opportunity to provide photographs to European Homes & Gardens, BCAA and Doctor’s Review. Donna is the only outside writer for Tai Pan Travel magazine featuring gardens and plants from around the world and is also a writer for Vivir Bien, a lifestyle magazine out of the Republic of Panama where she talks about plants in tropical areas – in Spanish and English.

Donna has appeared on Canada AM, HGTV’s Indoor Gardener and Calling All Gardeners. She and her husband were one of the few chosen to do a TV special called “the Garden Tourist” on Recreating Eden and while in China on tour, she was a special guest on China TV. She has also been a featured guest speaker at numerous Canadian gardening events including Canada Blooms and Victoria’s Art in Bloom.

Land only cost of this trip $4,995, double occupancy.  For more information call toll free 1-866-642-7120 or email Donna Dawson at