Susan Worner Tours

Florence & Fiesole

Gardens chosen are mostly private and encompass different periods from the Medici in the 1500s to the revival of Italian formal gardens in the early twentieth century. This rich heritage offers a fascinating programme in the spring flowering season.

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The warmth of the sun, the scents of mimosa and genista in full bloom, trees laden with oranges and lemons provide a perfect reason to escape the northern winter. Time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the vivid colours at the Lemon Festival.

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Exceptional collection of privately- owned gardens created by well-known designers are visited. Nicole de Vesian in the Luberon hills influenced many and a highlight is Dominique Lafourcade's own garden. Others are in the Alpilles near St Remy de Provence, or bastide gardens in the countryside near Aix.

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We combine formal gardens around Lisbon with those in Sintra with its special microclimate. Private gardens are enjoyed with eye-catching judas trees in bloom, and decorative azulejos tiles. The recently renovated gardens of Quinta da Monserrate are discovered with Gerald Luckhurst who is now assisting with the restoration of the gardens at the Royal Palace of Quelez..

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A country of contrasts and superb gardens. Tiled courtyard gardens in Marrakech, country gardens richly planted with roses, orange orchards and potager. Visit the Atlas Mountains, meet friendly Berbers and to Taroudant to explore bustling colourful souks and markets. Visit privately-owned innovative contemporary gardens designed by Arnaud Maurières & Eric Ossart.

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Welcome to Susan Worner Tours

We continue to organise enjoyable special Garden Tours in 2015 sometimes adding an element of natural history, or cuisine and in addition we impart our knowledge of the region and country you visit. Why not join one of our tours, many do again and again. We have many personal recommendations and people returning on another tour. We have been chosen to arrange the RHS Fellows tour to Lake Maggiore and our tours are well-spoken of by Robin Lane Fox.

We delight in a personal approach from the initial booking stage through to well-organised, carefully planned programmes. Quality is our keyword, attention to detail giving an unforgettable experience in a relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people who enjoy all aspects of gardens from plants to design. Nature, landscapes – sometimes borrowed, and excellent cuisine are the added elements.

I look forward to welcoming you on one of our tours this year.

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Robin Lane Fox wrote about us in the Financial Times on 07 February 2014 commending our tour to South Africa -The Western Cape Exceptional Gardens and Private Reserves 08 – 20 November 2015.

Robin also wrote about French Gardens Today, our affiliated travel company.

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Susan Worner Tours are pleased to be arranging a tour to the gardens of Lake Maggiore for the RHS Fellows in April 2015.