Keen gardeners with a passion for travel can now combine their two favourite hobbies.

Gardeners will be able to see plants in their natural habitats

The Royal Horticultural Society has teamed up with Collette Worldwide Holidays to launch RHS Holidays, special escorted tours for plant-lovers.

A brochure will be available in October for 2013-14 departures.

RHS director-general Sue Biggs said: “We know from research with our members that there is a strong demand for holidays with a horticultural focus.

“With my background in the travel industry, combined with my new role now at the RHS, it is an area that I have always been very keen to develop.”

Itineraries will include visits to see flowers in their natural habitats, trips to “exceptional” public and botanic gardens, and exclusive access to private gardens.

Destinations are still being finalised, but are likely to include China, South Africa, America, Italy and Spain.