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The “hidden garden” Qian Yuan is an authentic Chinese scholar’s garden within the Botanical Garden of the Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany, a gift from the Tongji University of Shanghai. Following oriental tradition, the garden is protected by a wall, with many openings to draw the surroundings in. Inside, a meandering path encircles a large pond, passing through a succession of pavilions and landscapes offering ever changing impressions. Plants, buildings, rocks, water and sky combine to create an enchanting place of repose, imbued with symbolism and intended as a miniature of the world within Chinese philosophy. The Chinese landlord would have relaxed here to meditate upon the harmony of man and nature, but even Westerners will find a charming, inspiring environment in which to escape the distractions of the world outside. This Chinese Garden was also inspired by the famous Legend of the Peach Blossom Spring, in which a fisherman accidentally discovers a hidden and elusive Paradise. This tale is engraved on a stone tablet and many of its elements are represented within the garden. The Chinese Garden is accessible during the opening hours of the Botanical Garden, 10 am to 6 pm (4 pm in the winter). Entry is free.
Make Alfies a destination on your Christmas shopping list with its after-hours shopping event. As well as Christmas shopping, there will be live music and entertainment and complimentary festive treats from the Roof Top Kitchen team. With over 75 independent antiques and vintage dealers, find four floors brimming with unique and extra-special gifts, just waiting to be discovered. Contact Alfies Antique Market for your free invitation.
020 7723 6066
Andromeda Botanic Gardens was started in 1954 by influential and multi-award winning Iris Bannochie, winner of numerous accolades including three Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals. Previously farmland, Iris created Andromeda as a private retreat over a period of 34 years. When she died in 1988, she bequeathed Andromeda to the Barbados National Trust and it remains a wonderful part of our heritage. Iris did not just build a garden, she created an impressive landscape and a plant-persons haven. The collection of plants is amazing and as Andromeda is comprised of numerous gardens, the journey through the landscape is full of surprises and different experiences. Andromeda is the only RHS Partner Garden in the West Indies – a status given to those gardens that have high standards of planting and design. Roy Cheek, RHS Show judge and leader of global horticultural tours described Andromeda as ‘one of the most unique and outstanding gardens in the world’.
Discover the magic of Bath at Christmas and get your shopping wrapped up early at Bath Christmas Market. Running from Thursday 23rd November until Sunday 10th December 2017, Bath Christmas Market offers a truly festive shopping experience! Nestled between the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, you can soak up the festive sights, smells and sounds from over 200 decorated chalets as you wander through the picturesque Georgian streets and squares. Avoid the weekend crowds and plan a perfect midweek stay!
01225 322442
Victoria Art Gallery is home to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s outstanding art collection. The Grade II listed building houses over 1,500 decorative arts treasures. In it care are an original Tudor portrait of Henry VIII and works by Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Barker, Walter Sickert, Paul Klee and Grayson Perry.

The Gallery’s permanent collection is free to visit, and is complemented by a changing exhibition programme on the ground floor.
SNO’s most venerable mountain homes date back centuries, including former shepherd’s huts, farmhouses and monasteries. Chocolate-box timber on the outside, their interiors present beautiful antiques from furniture, rugs and ornaments to original artworks. One chalet imported a ceiling from a Moroccan Souk, while another features ancient Tibetan doors. Occupying prime positions in the Alps, they come with glorious views of rolling hills and rugged peaks. Skiers are seconds from the slopes, while non-skiers have chalet facilities like libraries, spas and home cinemas. Gourmet chalet catering serves up breakfast, afternoon tea and supper with wine, all included with your stay.
020 7770 6888
The Peter Beales nursery is situated in the market town of Attleborough in Norfolk. Specialising in old-fashioned roses, this working nursery offers the widest range of finest quality roses available within the UK and with an ever increasing range of top quality shrubs and herbaceous stock too, this nursery is a must for any garden enthusiast.

The two acre display gardens are a fundamental part of the nursery, with conventional and contemporary planting schemes they provide an inspirational insight into the versatility of the rose. Recently extended to include a dedicated wildlife and woodland area and planted with especially chosen cultivars to create the perfect habitat for insects and mammals, this wildlife haven has been created to inspire and educate visitors into the importance of wildlife and the benefits they bring to the garden.

Throughout the year the gardens host a range of events ranging from a specialist plant, food and craft fair, cultivation courses and workshops to a rose festival weekend dedicated to everything rosy!

Entrance to the display gardens is free and they are open to the public throughout the year, seven days a week. Conveniently located just half a mile off the A11 the nursery also has a comfortable fully licensed Tea Room and Restaurant which offers much more than a standard in-house Tea room - with a varied lunch time menu offering a wide range of possibilities from afternoon tea to a broad selection of hot meals available daily . All food is prepared to order using local produce and served by the friendly waiting team. The range of food includes vegetarian and gluten free options, special diets can also be catered for. During the summer months diners can enjoy their meal alfresco, whilst taking in the ambience of the rose gardens.

The rose and garden-lover theme is also reflected in the extensive range of quality gifts. A comprehensive selection of hard wearing complementary tools, pots and gardening accessories are also available, including garden bird and wildlife care products and natural pest control alternatives.

Open Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm; Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.00am to 4.00pm excluding the usual Christmas and New Year holidays.

An extensive selection of the roses and plants are also available to purchase mail order from the informative website
01953 454707
Blarney Castle’s gardens are one of the most visited in Ireland. The 60 acres are a joy to explore. Visit the prehistoric Fern Garden, a deadly Poison Garden, and our magical Rock Close with its ancient Yew trees and druidic stones. Make a wish on the famous wishing steps while the waterfall cascades alongside you. Stroll by the lake, river side and woodlands or in the dazingly beautiful arboretums. The gardens are constantly changing, and evolving environment and each visit is a new experience and don’t forget to kiss the famous Blarney Stone which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk!
Thornhill Galleries designs and manufactures antique fireplaces and reproduction fireplaces worthy of any luxurious home in the UK. Alongside the beautifully handcrafted mantels made of stone, marble, wood and metal, Thornhill Galleries also provides you with a wide range of accessories for antique fireplaces. From fire backs to fire-grates and from fenders to fire dogs and everything in between, you can find the perfect heating and architectural solution when it comes to fireplaces at the Thornhill Galleries.
02089494757 have been offering memorable cottage holidays for more than 25 years alongside an award-winning customer service. Choose from more than 3000 holiday cottages in great locations across the UK, from the coast of Cornwall to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands.
01237 459888
Art & Antiques for Everyone is the largest vetted art, antiques and interiors fair outside of London bringing together 200 specialist dealers presenting over 30,000 pieces from classic to contemporary including furniture, sculptures, paintings, jewellery, silver and more. With such diversity, there is something for all tastes and budgets.
0207 384 8150
Sengan-en is a stately home and landscape garden along the coast north of downtown Kagoshima, Japan. Built in 1658 as one of the residences of the powerful Shimadzu clan, the garden's most striking feature is its use of active volcano Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay as borrowed scenery. The subtropical gardens cover over 12 acres and include calming ponds, gently bubbling streams, mysterious shrines, a bamboo grove, and a mountain hiking trail. The gardens change with each season, from plum and cherry blossoms at the start of the year, through to peonies, irises, morning glories, and chrysanthemums. Experience the lifestyle of the Shimadzu, one of Japan’s most powerful clans, in the house visited by royalty such as Edward VIII and Nicholas II of Russia. The house features a fascinating mix of Japanese, Chinese and Western influences, showing the truly international nature of the Shimadzu clan. Follow the course of the Shimadzu family over 800 years, and see how the international relations they forged led to the development of industrialization in modern Japan at the Shoko Shuseikan Museum.

The Shoko Shuseikan Museum and Sengan-en were recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site related to Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution in 2015.
Gravetye Manor is a 4 red star hotel and 1 Michelin Star restaurant based in West Sussex. The 35 acre gardens include a formal Flower Garden, meadow and lake, orchard, Wild Garden and 1.5acre walled Kitchen Garden. This original Victorian Kitchen garden provides the Chefs with up to 95% of their fresh produce in the Summer months and is the main driving force behind the inspiration and seasonality of the menus served in our restaurant. Originally designed by famed pioneering Victorian gardener, William Robinson, the gardens are now Grade II listed and maintained by our Head Gardener, Tom Coward. Robinson lived at Gravetye Manor from 1884 and used the gardens to realise his ideas about more naturalised planting, something which challenged the regimented planting style which was prominent in Victorian gardening at the time. The gardens are available to all patrons of the hotel to visit but are not open to the general public. Please call the hotel to book before visiting. Our dress code for the restaurant is smart casual. Smart jeans are acceptable and in the evening most men do tend to wear a jacket. Children over seven years are welcome in our dining room.
01342 810567
With a core-belief is that art is a necessity, not a luxury, Axle Arts is proud of the high standard of contemporary fine art they offer to both private and corporate clients alongside consultancy and curatorial services. They also offer art leasing packages to corporates. Their website is fully equipped with world-wide shipping prices and a cart allowing clients a private and fuss-free shopping experience. All artwork is also available to view and purchase by appointment at their offices in Bath.

Axle Arts represents artists who show visual curiosity, intelligence and originality across media, to include painting, sculpture, ceramic and original print. They select from emerging through to established career-artists from across the UK and internationally. Much of the work selected displays an interest in materiality and story-telling with a special interest in sculpture and ceramic suitable for external siting. With a dynamic pop-up exhibition calendar throughout the year, they have two important exhibitions planned for 2018, working collaboratively with Tasburgh House Hotel:

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitions 2018 Venue: Tasburgh House, Warminster Road, Bath BA2 6SH Dates: May 4-7 and 11-13 and September 14-17 Ceramic Artists: Rhian Jones, Mick Morgan, Tamsyn Trevorrow Sculptors: Dorothy Brook, Marc Bodie, Ian Edwards, John Huggins, Melissa Kiernan, Rick Kirby
01225 461230
7 Days with a Botanical Guide in a small group. Explore Victorian homesteads, beautiful private gardens and stately mansions, combined with the spectacular scenery of the Grampians, Coonawarra, and the Great Ocean Road. Stay in the famous Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld and enjoy dining at their famous restaurant.

• Learn about the history of the homesteads and regions you visit • Tour historic Narrapumelup Homestead • Be captivated by the Grampians and visit private gardens • Admire the Great Ocean Road scenery • Discover the grand Como and Rippon Lea Mansions’ gardens • Explore historic Werribee Park Mansion and Victorian State Rose Garden • Visit Melbourne and Geelong Botanic Gardens

Departure: 5 November 2018

Botanica World Discoveries offers personalised boutique discoveries for discerning travellers. Combining gardens, iconic sightseeing, art, music, history and gourmet themes. Travel beyond the garden gate and into the world’s finest gardens – public and private, natural and created, and enjoy unique cultural experiences designed for curious minds.
Golnaz is an interior designer based in London, with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Her style draws on different cultures from around the world, combining the old and the new. To create the perfect interior, Golnaz has developed a furniture collection, supplying the trade as well as individual clients, while also dealing in Middle Eastern contemporary art and decorative antiques. All can be purchased independently of her interiors.
Filled with the spirit and character of Edith, Lady Londonderry, the gardens reveal the history, grandeur and enchantment of Mount Stewart, bringing it to life in the glorious celebration of people, power and plants. With imagination, colour and passion, Edith created a sanctuary for world renowned guests, a playground for children and a place alive with her spirit of adventure.

By emulating Edith, Lady Londonderry’s unique style of gardening, Mount Stewart delights and by using newly discovered plants and new cultivars and varieties, is contemporary. Scented plants will always find a place at Mount Stewart. Edith famously would not have a rose in the garden which did not carry a scent, but she also used Rhododendron and Oriental Lilies to make eaux de toilette and essential oils. The newly opened Rose Garden has been restored to Edith’s 1938 design and displays an array of scented Roses, Lilies and other scented plants, a further dimension to this individual garden. A visit to Mount Stewart truly is a tonic of the soul.
Visit Western Australian on a 10 day tour with a Botanical Guide in a small group. Explore nature’s garden, rare and spectacular wildflowers and delightful private gardens, plus some of the iconic sights of the southern region of Western Australia. Discover rare orchids in the south of the state, which is home to over 3,000 different species.

• Admire the spectacular wildflowers of Western Australia • Enjoy the Valley of the Giants and the Tree Top Walk • Sample wines at Margaret River • Marvel at the beauty of the Swan River on a special lunchtime cruise • See Paul Bangay designed Secret Garden • Visit private gardens not normally open to the public • Enjoy time to explore historic Fremantle

Departing: 8 September 2018

Botanica World Discoveries offers personalised boutique discoveries for discerning travellers. Combining gardens, iconic sightseeing, art, music, history and gourmet themes. Travel beyond the garden gate and into the world’s finest gardens – public and private, natural and created, and enjoy unique cultural experiences designed for curious minds.
Little Treasures is a shop full of fantastic finds based in the historic old town of Hastings, East Sussex. They stock cool and quirky items for your home including lampshades and cushions by Lush Designs, both decorative and functional furniture, vintage mirrors, art works and accessories for home and self.

Angela is able to source individual items to order so if you have a particular want she can find it.

Their sister company Little’s Decorators offers free advice and quotes for all your interior and exterior decorating needs. First class decorating for all your design ideas. You can see their work on their website.
01424 200 511
Robert Mills Architectural & Decorative Antiques was once named as “one of Europe’s best shopping emporia” by The Guardian. Stock ranges from the large and flamboyant, including bronze entryways, church stained glass and Victorian pub bars and interiors, to domestic sized doors and interesting lighting and furniture for the home.
0117 955 6542
Antiques & Home Show Lincolnshire Showground, LN2 2NA Over 2000 stalls Mon £20.00 p/p Tues £5.00 p/p October 9th & 10th December 4th & 5th

Antiques Market Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG Over 150 Stalls under cover Mon 7:30am - 9:00am - £5 p/p Mon 9:00am - 1:00pm - £2.50 p/p October 16th November 27th

Vintage Flea Market Lincolnshire Showground, LN2 2NA Over 100 indoor stalls Sunday 7:00am - 9:00am - Free entry with a trade business card Sunday 9:00am - 3:00pm - £2 p/p November 19th
+44 (0)1298 27493
The Rug Souk specialises in beautiful vintage Moroccan Berber rugs and textiles. Each item is handpicked and unique. Our wide range of rugs includes classic styles as well as tribal art rugs that would suit both contemporary and traditional homes.

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Maps International is the definitive online map shop for all your mapping needs. Drawing from over 50 years of experience in cartography and mapmaking through our parent company Lovell Johns, impeccable design and fine detail, is at the heart of every map we produce. Visit our website to discover a stunning range of maps in several sizes and finishes to suit your needs.
01993 880939
At Moroccan Bazaar, we have full control & command of the entire manufacturing process, which enables us to produce examples of the finest handcrafted lighting and furniture possible.

Morocco has cultivated a rich mix of artisanal craft skills, passed down from Maalem to Craftsmen and from generation to generation. Over 70 years, the Bennani Family have built lasting relationships across Morocco where today we own, operate and partner with other workshops to offer our clients access to the finest possible Moroccan handcrafted furnishings all under one roof; that of Moroccan Bazaar. Our network across Morocco without doubt the most extensive and comprehensive, where at any given time, well over 1000 craftmen are working on producing our collections.

Traditionally, Morocco is a difficult terrain and landscape to navigate, and as British/Moroccan family with routes between Morocco, the United Kingdom and the rest of the world, our team are uniquely positioned to bridge the gap, and act as the gateway to Morocco’s rich authentic Moroccan interiors which the rest of the world demands.

As an established British company with its routes firmly spread throughout Morocco, our unique position where we understand both landscapes ensures our product ranges are crafted to the best standards to meet the strict demands of our clientele and the demands in the industries we cater to. Our Master craftsmen are experts within their respective fields and together with them as partners, the breadth of our manufacturing capabilities allow us to work across an extensive range of materials to produce exquisite and unique ranges of pieces be it for a home, a Hotel or a Royal Palace. Our Master craftsmen’s skills together with Moroccan Bazaar’s unfailing eye for design and what is in demand acts as the vehicle with which noble materials with the touch of our Maalams hands results in truly breath taking pieces of functional and beautiful furniture and spectacular light fittings.
Discover the wonderful world of antiques at QEGS Antiques Fair. This spectacular setting plays host to an exciting variety of stalls featuring collectibles, vintage, retro, books, jewellery, and ephemera displayed across two exhibition halls. With homemade refreshments and ample free parking there is something here for everyone.

Saturday 14 October 9am – 4pm public, trade from 8am Queen Elizabeth Grammar School 158 Northgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 3QX

The following fair will be on Saturday 3 March 2018
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