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

Our garden tours are carefully designed yet eclectic, bringing together people who share a love of gardens and nature. We visit a wide range of sites from the historical to the modern, expertly planted and where design is influenced by the wider landscape and environmental conditions. You will find much to inspire, many ideas to take home. Well-chosen hotels offer both charm and comfort, while the restaurants we select feature local, seasonal dishes.

In addition, itineraries may be designed for groups, for example from an Arboretum or a Garden Club, with their special interests in mind.

We offer exceptional natural history tours in southern Africa to discover the wildlife of Namibia and Botswana. These memorable journeys are a chance to observe game, birds and insects sustainably managed in areas of pristine beauty where the landscape and geology are extraordinary. The often-harsh environment is home to flora adapted to the conditions, with many plants endemic to the region.

Also available are independent, tailor-made safaris with a driver/guide.

Gardens in the Cape, South Africa are best visited in November, and we combine our tour with a visit to a superb Wildlife Conservation Reserve in the Little Karoo. For our 2019 Namibia safari – Deserts, Dunes and Canyons – we head south, to the Sossusvlei Dunes in the Namib desert and on to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast.

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

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

Susan Worner

A Nambian Journal

To travel in Namibia is to step into an extraordinary adventure. Its landscape, molded by elemental forces of nature millions of years ago, features spectacular geology and sweeping vistas, where unique flora and fauna – adapted to tough conditions – abound, and where fascinating conservation work is carried out. Namibia has all this, plus an Atlantic coastline of breathtaking grandeur
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Autumn Gardens, Market & Cooking

13 – 18 October 2019
Lake Maggiore usually enjoys good clear, sunny days in October when the gardens are still beautiful and no longer crowded. We are combining garden visits with delicious local cuisine and we are including two afternoons in the hotel kitchen with the renowned chef, Giuseppe who is very inspiring. He will demonstrate, offer tastings of each dish prepared and welcome any hands-on assistance. The ingredients used will be seasonal and local. The participants will be a maximum of 10 providing a good ambiance.
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Private Gardens of Leading Designers based in Hotel La Mirande, Avignon

Last few places remaining! 16 – 21 September 2019
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