Wildflower and garden themed holiday on the Umbrian, Tuscan Border.

Next Retreat: 7 nights from April 25-May 2, 2020.


Hosted by expert Rosie Yeomans, this Flowers week combines wild flower walks; local cultural visits, planting design tuition and ideas for your garden. There will also be time to relax, swim and enjoy the wonderful views from Villa Pia.

See our May 2019 report to get a flavour of this unusual and inspiring week: https://villapia.com/villa-pia-flowers-retreat-may-2019/

The cost for the garden week will be £1300 per adult in a single room en suite and £1100 in a shared room en suite. Included in the price will be:

  • Transfer from and to Florence Airport.
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast every day, lunch and dinner everyday except for Thursday.(We’ll be in Florence).
  • Help yourself anytime to fresh fruit, coffee, tea, alcohol and soft drinks.
  • Transport for visits, guides, entrance fees and tutoring.

For bookings and enquiries, please get in touch via the VILLA PIA BOOKING PAGE.


Comments from the last trip:

Rosie was excellent at making us feel welcome and for giving us a truly great experience not only in regard to her own interest, but also in liaising skillfully with all the guides.

Her own knowledge complimented Giovanni’s local knowledge and they made a superb and cheery team.”

I was very grateful for the individual time she gave us and have started carrying out her design suggestions already.


Outline Itinerary

  • Guided walks with flower expert Rosie and local guide Giovanni who has a special interest in the anthropological aspects of flora and fauna. You can expect to see meadows of wild flowers, orchids, and woodland flora together with spectacular landscape views.
  • A full day’s guided trip to Florence to see gardens in the city, and flora inspired art in the Palazzo Vecchio.
  • Planting design lectures and workshops. Bring some photographs of your garden, there will be one to one sessions with plenty of garden tips and advice.
  • Visits to local sites of cultural interest, for example: the Aboca herb fields and Apothecary Museum in Sansepolcro, the historic town of Anghiari and the Busatti Jacquard weaving looms. We also plan to visit the not for profit, award winning project Archeologia Arborea which grows and safeguards heritage fruit varieties.

Note there will be easy to moderate (full day and half day) walking on paths and woodland trails.


About Rosie Yeomans

Rosie has been a horticulturist all her life. After qualifying and some years working in nurseries and gardens, she took up a lecturing post. Rosie has delivered a wide range of horticultural subjects including planting and garden design, up to degree level for many years. She is renowned for her enthusiasm, wealth of knowledge and friendly delivery.

Rosie is one of the gardening experts for BBC Radio Solent and has been a regular guest panelist on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time from ‘the potting shed’.

In 2011 The Garden Media Guild awarded Rosie ‘Best new Talent in Broadcasting’.

She has contributed chapters to horticultural textbooks and at present writes practical tips and features for the BBC Gardeners’ World magazine.

Rosie has lead garden tours in the UK, in France, Belgium and Holland.

She uses her expertise to support horticultural charities with roles for Plant Heritage and on RHS committees.

Rosie is a keen allotment holder. Her love of wild flowers and walking has inspired this trip.