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  |  24 – 30 October 2022 (7 days)

Gardens of Tasmania  |  05 – 13 November 2022 (9 days)

Country Gardens of New Zealand  |  23 Nov – 07 Dec 2022 (15 days)



“Elizabeth was terrific. She took so much trouble to make sure everyone was okay and to make our experience special. I’d certainly do another tour with her.”
Helen L. | Autumn Gardens of the Blue Mountains, 2022


“Elizabeth is a natural leader. Firm and friendly, she gives clear instructions and handles the mix of personalities and interests well. She is always cheerful and engaging.”
Ruth P. | History, Art and Landscapes of North West Tasmania, 2022


“Elizabeth was superb. She was caring, flexible, catered for unusual needs and ‘ran with the needs of people’. She was friendly and went out of her way to be informative and reassuring.”
Cheryl B.  |  Gardens of the NSW Central West, 2021


“Elizabeth was fantastic. Personable, caring and knowledgeable – an excellent tour leader.”
Jim C.  |  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