Take a trip of a lifetime to Grenada escorted by Suzanne Gaywood MBE, RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner.
Suzanne was born in Grenada and, although she now lives in rural Essex, her love of the country and its flora and fauna is still as passionate as ever.
Suzanne’s mother was a plant collector, and she grew up with her passion for plants and flowers. Upon moving to Essex she began looking after the floral arrangements in her church and a life dedicated to flowers seemed like a natural choice.
Suzanne decided to take a City and Guilds course and then three years later helped out at the Chelsea Flower Show. During this time she was also studying interpretative flower design.
In 1998 Suzanne designed the Grenada exhibition in the Grand Pavilion. And this was just the start, as over 17 years she did 16 exhibits, all of them winning a medal, 10 of them winning gold!
This drew attention to Grenada, which had previously just been seen as a destination for sun, sea and sand.
This spotlight created by Suzanne encourage more gardens to open up in the country.
The tours to Grenada, accompanied by Suzanne, and once in a lifetime experiences. She knows all of the gardeners personally, mainly through her work at Chelsea, and they are all just as passionate as she is about them. With small group of just 10 of less, the tours are very friendly and welcoming, with guests are often being invited into their homes for refreshments – a very welcome suggestion in the heat, I would imagine!
During the tour, guests stay in a boutique hotel, with beautiful gardens of their own, full of birds and wildlife.
With eight unique and diverse gardens to visit, there is no chance of getting bored, but for those of you who fancy seeing what else Grenada has to offer, leisure time is included too. There is, for example, the chance to visit a cocoa plantation to see the process of chocolate-making in action, or to travel through the rainforest, over the mountains to visit a rum distillery.
The unique trips take place just once a year, every November, when the weather is hot and wet, when the gardens are at their most lush and beautiful.