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 the past 20 years.

She is also a garden writer who has written for a number of national magazines, including Your Garden and Home Beautiful. Elizabeth is a regular contributor 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 Coast  |  21–24 October 2020 (4 days)

Gardens of the NSW Central West  |  02–08 November 2020 (7 days)

Gardens of Sydney’s Hills District  |  Wednesday, 18 November 2020 (day tour)

Country Gardens of New Zealand  |  10–24 February 2021 (15 days)



“Perfect host, knowledgeable, tactful, helpful, excellent with people, good sense of humour.’’
Laura H. | Gardens of the South Island 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