Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

Elizabeth Swane

Elizabeth Swane is a member of one of Australia’s best-known nursery and rose-growing families. As an experienced horticulturist, she has been a regular guest on ABC Radio Sydney gardening talkback for over 20 years.

She is also a garden writer who has written for a number of national magazines, including Your Garden and Home Beautiful. Elizabeth has contributed to ABC Gardening Australia magazine. As garden writer for Regional Lifestyle (formerly Central West Lifestyle) magazine she travels all over NSW visiting beautiful country gardens. Her passion for gardens and horticulture and her bright, cheery personality make her the perfect tour host.


Current Tours:

Gardens of the NSW Central West  |  07 – 13 March 2022 (7 days)

Autumn Gardens of the Blue Mountains  |  25 – 29 April 2022 (5 days)



“Elizabeth Swane was an excellent tour leader, so knowledgeable and obliging; tireless and very helpful.”
Joan B.  |  Autumn Gardens of the Blue Mountains 2021


“Elizabeth was friendly, knowledgeable, and managed to share her time with all members of the tour. It was a pleasure to travel with her.”
Deanne P.  |  Autumn Gardens of the Blue Mountains 2021


“Elizabeth is so generous with her time and enthusiastic as well as sharing her knowledge. It is hard not to get swept away – just fabulous.’’
Rhys W.  |  Private Gardens of the NSW Central Coast 2020


“Elizabeth was most knowledgeable and helpful to everyone. Best leader of any garden tour I have done.’’
Boyd W.  |  Gardens of the South Island 2020