Susan Worner Tours

Morocco Gardens

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 MauriËres & Eric Ossart.

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The Italian Lakes

Concentrating on the wealth of beautiful gardens around Lakes Como and Maggiore, this tour gives a balance between interesting botanic gardens and those of classic Renaissance and later Italian style. The exuberant spring flowers are set against breath-taking scenery with many varieties of azalea, wisteria, cornus, and magnolia.

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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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Namibia – Deserts,
Dunes and Canyons

Sparse landscapes, amazing geology, the Sossusvlei dunes, a private wildlife estate, Kalahari desert and Fish River Canyon. Kudu, springbok, oryx, ostrich and the wetland birds. Extraordinary drought resistant trees: Camelthorn and quiver trees to the lithop stone plants and the ancient welwitchia mirabilis

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The mythic garden of Persephone is abundant with colour and luminosity. Gardens in the east of the island, some created by the English in former times, others planted more recently, and add some cultural elements to the programme. Mount Etna is part of Sicilian life with its rich volcanic soil assuring delicious fruit, vegetables and excellent wine.

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Venice & the Veneto

The history and beauty of the Veneto region combined with the elegance of formal gardens along canals and behind high walls in Venice. Palladio influenced the country villas and gardens built along the Brenta in the seventeenth century. We stay in the Dorsodoro district just off the Grand Canal and use private boats to visit the gardens. One of our favourite Italian garden tours.

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Welcome to Susan Worner Tours

As 2019 approaches we are excited to present our new programme of garden tours in Europe, Iran and Morocco.  Natural history features in southern Africa.  Some tours are new introductions and some have a different programme or base. Our most popular classic garden tours to Venice, Lakes Como and Maggiore, Sicily and Provence are repeated.

Our new tour is to the private gardens on the island of Mallorca which has a rich selection of interesting gardens discovered recently. The interior of the island reveals landscapes of rolling hills, forested or with carob and olive trees in fields bordered in the north and west with the Tramuntana limestone mountains. Our recent tour to Tuscan gardens was such a success, we have just decided to repeat it next year in early September.

Our tailor-made bespoke tours are becoming more and more in demand for small groups from about eight participants for gardens in Europe and for a minimum of four participants for our southern Africa tours. They are much requested by horticultural groups from various countries around the world.  We have further developed our private tours to Namibia, Botswana and to South Africa and can offer some very special destinations to experience the flora and wildlife of these countries.

We are upholding and improving our standards constantly and pay great attention to detail, always finding special extras to include in the programme.  We are delighted to welcome many participants who have been with us before.

For further information or queries, please contact us by telephone or by email.

We look forward to welcoming you on one of our 2019 tours.

Susan Worner


Spring Gardens around Lakes Como and Maggiore

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