Susan Worner Tours

  1. Summer 2015 Newsletter & 2016 Dates

      I have now come to the end of a superb Spring and Summer season with gardens at their best – much appreciated by everyone. Though some regions are suffering now from drought conditions, we all enjoyed cheerful sunny days discovering a multitude of garden styles, innovative ways of pruning...
  2. Menton, Mimosa and the Lemon Festival – 24 February to 03 March 2015

    Protected to the north by the mountains, and facing the Mediterranean sea, the mild micro-climate of Menton has encouraged plant collectors to create beautiful gardens amongst the steep terraces of olive groves and citrus trees. Strong elements of Italian design have influenced Menton’s villas and gardens as it remained part...
  3. Namibia Safari Tours

    Two fabulous repeat tours to Namibia feature in our annual programme with completely different itineraries. Our first tour is in March travelling in the green season in northern Namibia and on to the fabulous Okavango Delta in Botswana plus a day at the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Wildlife and birds...
  4. Summer 2013

    A wonderful warm and sunny summer season this year and gardens have really benefitted. Our kitchen gardens and orchards are yielding fabulous, delicious produce. Rosa mutabilis chinensis is thriving in my garden reminding me of the Landriana gardens near Rome. This rose grows prolifically under the beautiful Melia azedarach. I...
  5. Normandy Gardens from Dieppe to Bayeux

    1st – 6 September 2014 This area of Normandy is remarkable for it’s wealth of beautiful gardens. Islands of acid clay soil within a region that is predominantly chalk, plus a mild climate means that the variety of planting styles are very varied. Our visits included several gardens around Varangeville...
  6. Lake Maggiore – Autumn Gardens, Markets & Cooking

    13 – 18 October 2019

    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 Baroque. The exuberant flowerings are set against breath-taking lakeside scenery.

    Hotel Cannero lies on the lakeside of the delightful village of Cannero. Comfortable, family-owned and run, the hotel has a renowned restaurant whose head chef, Giuseppe will give two cookery lessons based on local dishes. We visited the weekly market in Luino with the chef to taste and buy ingredients for the lessons...

  7. Italian Lakes – Spring Gardens around Lakes Como and Maggiore

    21 – 28 April 2020

    Concentrating on the wealth of beautiful gardens around Lakes Como and Maggiore, the tour offers 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 – a spectacular yellow variety is particularly eye-catching. At the northern end of Lake Maggiore we cross into Switzerland to visit the impressive Eisenhut Botanical Garden and Nursery. An insubric climate, acid soil and sunny cold winters enable the rich variety of plants found in the region to thrive...

  8. Gardens of Provence – Alpilles to the Luberon

    The Provencal landscape of farmhouses or mas, vineyards and typical unspoilt villages sets the scene as we pass along avenues of majestic plane trees. Our visits encompass both traditional farmhouse-style gardens and contemporary, Mediterranean country gardens, some influenced by Nicole de Vesian, modern local landscape architects and the Land Art movement. Most gardens are privately owned. Wild poppies in the cornfields, roses and lavender abound. The craggy limestone Alpilles are a focal point around St Rémy, while the forested Luberon hills have perched hill-top villages. A visit to the Camargue has been added, not to be missed when in the region.

    We stay for the first few days at Château de Mazan on the edge of the medieval village of Mazan, moving afterwards to the attractive town of St Rémy-de-Provence at the foothills of les Alpilles. Hotel de l’Image has its attractive garden and pool. Train travel available – London to Avignon.

  9. Spring Gardens of Florence and Fiesole

    The Medici created gardens in Florence and the surrounding hills in the sixteenth century with grottoes, statues, boschetti and waterworks. Later perspective gardens were designed in conjunction with the villa, often with terraces, and the early twentieth century marked the revival of the Italian formal garden. This rich heritage offers a fascinating programme of visits in the spring flowering season. The gardens chosen are mostly private and form a good balance encompassing the different periods. The vibrant city of Florence with its art treasures, churches and markets is an additional attraction.

    Our comfortable, welcoming hotel in the heart of Florence is a perfect base, a few minutes from the Duomo. Originating as a palazzo in the sixteenth century, and now well restored, it retains its frescoed ceilings and architectural features.