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.

Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs has been a prize-winning newspaper journalist as well as a freelance writer for gardening and fine arts magazines, covering topics principally on history and design, and since 2017 has been a Board Member of the Canberra International Music Festival. Among Genevieve’s interests are the arts, gardens, the environment, history and politics. She loves hearing people’s stories and spent more than a decade as a presenter with ABC Radio. Genevieve was a co-ordinator for Australia’s Open Garden scheme for several years and has also lectured widely on artists and their gardens, exploring the links between a strong visual aesthetic and surrounding landscape.


Current Tours:

Japanese Gardens, Art and Architecture  |  04–20 November 2019 (17 days)

Palaces, Estates and Dachas of Imperial Russia  |  19 June – 02 July 2020 (14 days)

2020 Canberra International Music Festival  |  01–05 May 2020 (5 days)

Ethiopia: The Heart of African Civilisation  |  November 2020 (15 days)



“Her talks and interviews were always engaging and intelligent. She organised everything beautifully. A great person to talk to. Thank you Genevieve!”
Ruth G.  |  Canberra International Music Festival 2018


“Genevieve was fantastic, very knowledgeable on history & horticulture and had obviously done a lot of research. Her sense of humour and interesting presentations were much appreciated. She had a good rapport with the coach drivers which made for a smooth itinerary and lively atmosphere. I would love to do another tour with her as leader.”
Helen S.  | Great Gardens of Scotland 2018


Genevieve was an outstanding tour leader. Her knowledge of the gardens and botany provided an extra level to the tour.”
Tracey W.  |  Great Gardens of Scotland 2018