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 for the past 20 years. She has also written for a number of national magazines, including Your Garden and Home Beautiful and 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.


Current Tours:

Gardens of Tasmania  |  17–25 October 2021 (9 days)

Country Gardens of New Zealand  |  05–19 November 2021 (15 days)



“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


“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