A delightful introduction to London's gardens, both big and small. Our leaders prepared us well for what we'd be seeing at vast Kew Gardens and the busy Chelsea Flower Show, providing interesting trivia as well as practical information. Caroline was on hand each day for quick plant ID and even secured special entry for our group into one of Chelsea's show gardens and an interview with its designer. Ronnie made sure the bus left on time and ensured that our group meals were sorted out properly. If you love to garden - or even if you just love beautiful flowers - this might be the trip for you. You won't see much of London itself so plan on spending a few days before or after the tour to visit famous landmarks, museums, and shops. While there were plenty of options to sit down and admire the flowers, the best way to see the gardens was to stroll through every bower, orchard, knot, and along borders and rocky paths. Be prepared to navigate stairs, cobbled roads, mulched beds, lawns, and gravel walkways. Bring a camera to capture photos of gorgeous plants that you'd love to try at home! The use of small "whisperer" listening devices meant that the leader could provide a running commentary at some gardens yet allowed group members to roam about as they liked. The devices allowed everyone - those who stayed near the leader and those who straggled behind - to enjoy the information provided or tune it out, as desired. I wish more use had been made of the "whisperers" especially in the noisy gardens at Sion. Our bus arrived at the Chelsea Flower Show at 8AM and the planned departure was 2:30PM. Initially that seemed too short a span and my spouse and I figured to stay on a bit later. The early hours were golden, with uncrowded displays and easy viewing of the show gardens. We had so much fun! By midday the place was crowded with visitors and lines were long for food and other services. We were more than ready to leave with the group at 2:30. Overall, a lovely tour!