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  1. Namibia – Deserts, Dunes and Canyons

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    Landscapes, Geology, Flora and Fauna Superlative landscapes, fascinating geology, wide open panoramas punctuated with Camel thorn trees (Acacia eriolobum), the towering dunes of the Namib desert and on to the coast, Namibia is superbly diverse. Our new tour is being finalised after extensive research last autumn. The central and southern...
  2. WESTERN CAPE – Susan’s visit to South Africa

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    I am travelling in the Western Cape visiting wonderful private gardens here in early summer. Everywhere a warm welcome is given by the owners, the gardens at their best and with beautiful weather, it does not seem like November. The backdrop to these gardens is the landscape of majestic mountains...
  3. Autumn Gardens in Southern France and Northern Italy 2012

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    End of September into October has been a fabulous time for the gardens this year. Following a hot summer and a couple of days of hard rain in September the plants have been encouraged into a second spring. A riot of exuberant growth and vibrant colours has ensued especially with...
  4. Menton – Autumn 2012

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    A good weekend of rain early in September has ensured some glorious gardens for our early October tour. The effect will ensure a second spring as the plants revive after the heat of summer. Italianate in style, on terraces with ancient gnarled olive trees, some formal and some with superb...
  5. Normandy Gardens

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    I have just discovered some good gardens with great design and sumptuous plantings in Normandy. This is in preparation for a tour there in September 2013. I am even keen to develop new ideas in my own garden! Full details available in early 2013.
  6. New brochure available now

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    Our Programme for Spring and Summer 2013 is now available in print. Please request a copy by contacting us: info@susanwornertours.com or +44 (0)1904 651 651.
  7. Tornado damage on Lake Maggiore

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    At the end of August during a thunderstorm, a tornado ravaged the wonderful gardens of Villa Taranto and Villa San Remigio and the lakeside of Intra. Magnificent trees were blown over and the gardens will be closed for a couple of years to clear and replant. Very sad but an...
  8. Namibia – Skeleton Coast – Twyfelfontein – Palmwag

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    We arrange bespoke tour itineraries for small groups of friends or colleagues wishing to travel together to a special destination or for specialist horticultural groups. The minimum numbers are eight guests who will be accompanied by Susan or her specialist guides. We have the experience, know the good hotels or...
  9. South Africa – The Western Cape – Exceptional Gardens and Private Reserves

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    17 – 30 October 2017

    The Western Cape garden tour combines well with the flora and wildlife in the spectacular hinterland of the Little Karoo and the mountainous coastline.

    The region has a Mediterranean climate, abundant sources of water, mostly acid soil and above all a rich indigenous flora and exceptional gardens. Some surround delightful Cape Dutch manor houses, others are extensive plant collectors’ gardens and some with contemporary design. Kirstenbosch garden is fascinating, with a vast collection of indigenous Cape plants and trees.

    The Winelands town of Stellenbosch is our base to discover the fabulous private gardens of the Cape. Oude Werf Hotel is in the centre of Stellenbosch, a university town with beautiful Cape Dutch architecture. It has many street cafes, good shops and restaurants.

    We leave for the coastal region to the superb private nature reserve lodge at Grootbos surrounded by a milkwood forest and rich coastal fynbos. There is a chance to whale watch in Gansbaai. In the remote Karoo hinterland we stay at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve of 52,000 hectares. The reserve is involved in re-introducing and conserving wildlife eradicated over a century ago and the rich wild flora.

    We use direct flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town.

    Our group has a maximum of 14 participants. We use a small, comfortable coach.