If setting off on a garden tour abroad appeals to you, here are some sources to consult:

American Horticultural Society

: Call 636-305-0086 or go to

» READ MORE: www.ahs.org/

and click on "travel study."

Coopersmith's One-of-a-Kind Tours

: Call 415-669-1914 or go to

» READ MORE: www.coopersmiths.com/

Expo Garden Tours:

Call 860-567-0322 or go to

» READ MORE: www.expogardentours.com

Gardening Tours by Donna Dawson

, master gardener and founder of

» READ MORE: www.icangarden.com

in Canada: Go to

» READ MORE: www.gardeningtours.com/

Horticulture magazine

: Call 877-436-7764 or go to

» READ MORE: www.hortmag.com/

garden_tours.asp

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

: Call 215-247-5777 or go to

travelwithexperts.html

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

: Call 215-988-8818 or go to

» READ MORE: www.pennsylvania

horticulturalsociety.org/

events/garden_trips.html

Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College:

Next year's trip to New Zealand is full; for future trips, call 610-328-8025 or go to

» READ MORE: www.scottarboretum.org/

To plan your own garden tours, check out

» READ MORE: http://gardenvisit.com

for information on gardens and horticultural trips around the world.

Or, if you're interested only in gardens in England, Scotland and Wales, you can find everything you need in the so-called "Yellow Books." These guides, published by the National Gardens Scheme in England and Scotland's Garden Scheme, list thousands of private gardens that are open to the public.

Proceeds go to charity. To order, go to

» READ MORE: www.amazon.co.uk

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Virginia A. Smith