Susan Worner Tours


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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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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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 Lafourcadeís own garden. Others are in the Alpilles near St Remy de Provence, or bastide gardens in the countryside near Aix.

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Loire in September

An exceptional area of rolling hills, the rivers Loire and Cher, with vines, meadows and forests. In this setting we find historical chateaux with superb decorative potager gardens.

We include the contemporary gardens at the Chaumont Festival, a restored manor house garden and chateaux gardens offering a pleasing balance.

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South Africa ñ
The Cape Flora

The Western Cape is renowned not only for its magnificent scenery and superb climate but also for its unique flora. Our botanist, Adrian Moehl regularly works on Kirstenbosch projects. With him we discover a huge range of indigenous plants, some very rare and in hidden places.

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Welcome to Susan Worner Tours

Our 2016 tour programme features superb destinations from Portugal – The Gardens of Lisbon and Sintra, classic Italian gardens in Florence & Fiesole or Spring Gardens in Sicily.  Our June Provence Garden Tour features an excellent collection of private gardens as well as the intriguing Basel private gardens in the former Prince Bishopric which are exceptional.

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

01-08 APRIL – Limited availability
MOROCCO – Gardens of Marrakech, Taroudannt & Atlas Mountains

10-18 APRIL – Due to cancellation 2 places now available
MOROCCO – Atlas Mountains, Draa Valley and the Sahara Dunes

01-07 JUNE – Limited Availability – No more single places
PROVENCE – Gardens from the Alpilles to the Luberon

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

Namibia – Deserts, Canyons and Dunes in October/November 2016 is fully booked.

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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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.