Susan Worner Tours

South Africa –
The Western Cape

November is the best time to see wonderful private gardens. Early summer, the jacaranda and agapanthus are in flower. Country manor house gardens, an amazing plant-collectors garden before heading inland to a superb private wildlife conservation estate in the Little Karoo.

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Upper Normandy has a wealth of remarkable gardens on the coast with a mild climate and acid soil. Inland country gardens amongst apple orchards, rolling hills and forests are inspirational. Some contemporary, some walled potager gardens, and all with enthusiastic owners. We venture further west to visit two exceptional gardens around Bayeux.

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Menton - Exceptional
Gardens of the Riviera

Strong elements of Italian design have influenced Mentonís villas and garden close as it is to the border. On terraced hillsides planted with olive and lemon trees, the gardens enjoy a second spring in October with a wide-range of plants, some even sub-tropical.

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The Italian Lakes

Concentrating on the wealth of beautiful gardens around Lake Maggiore, this tour offers a balance between interesting botanic gardens and those of classic Renaissance and later Italian style.
We also visit the gardens of Isole di Brissago in Switzerland with its interesting collection of plants.

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Provence in September

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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Welcome to Susan Worner Tours

Details of our 2017 tours will be available shortly in September. Our 2016 tour programme features superb destinations. In the autumn, our French garden tours include Brittany & Normandy, the fabulous Loire chateaux gardens and on to visit Provence staying in the mythic Hotel La Mirande in Avignon.  These Provence gardens feature in Louisa Jones’ well-researched books on Gardens of Provence and their designers especially the late Nicole de Vesian gardens.  The Riviera gardens in Menton are delightful in early October where the Hanbury Gardens are a highlight.

We head south to our Namibia safari in the desert, the Sossusvlei dunes are amazing for their wildlife and desert flora. Finally to the great gardens in South Africa – the Western Cape where we enjoy both private gardens, Kirstenbosch and a conservation reserve in the Little Karoo.

Small friendly groups of between 12 and 19 participants, charming welcoming hotels and well-planned itineraries are qualities which are our speciality. Owners or head gardeners delight in showing us their gardens.

Looking forward to welcoming you on an enjoyable, stimulating 2016 tour.

Susan Worner

Last-minute availability

01-07 JUNE – Limited Availability – 2 places available but no singles
PROVENCE – Gardens from the Alpilles to the Luberon

20-25 JUNE – Limited Availability – 2 places available only
BASEL – Private Gardens of the former Prince Bishopric and the Jura Hinterland

Namibia – Deserts, Canyons and Dunes
21 November – 05 December

Due to demand, a second tour will take place from 21 November – 05 December 2016. Good wildlife viewing, the bush is coming into leaf, stunning Sossusvlei dunes. Good lodges, small group of maximum 10.
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Find out more information about French Gardens Today

For our 2016 Italian Garden tours, we include some exceptional gardens on our Rome – Gardens from Latium to Tuscia tour. Some of the gardens were mentioned by Robin Lane Fox in the Financial Times recently. The 02 October issue features the Ruspoli Castle at Vignanello with Santino, the gardener and on 09 October Robin visits Giardino di Ninfa, great highlights of our itinerary..

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

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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.