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:

Autumn on the Monaro  |  06 – 10 May 2024 (5 days)


“Is there a category beyond excellent? Genevieve was outstanding in every way. Her botanical knowledge is amazing. She gave freely of her time and knowledge to all the group.’’
Vicki S.  |  Autumn Gardens of Japan, 2023

“Genevieve was absolutely amazing. Her knowledge of the gardens […] was incredible. She was great company, so helpful and just made it for us.”
Jane W.  |  Spring Gardens of the Blue Mountains, 2022


‘‘Genevieve was excellent, positive, informative and a great interviewer.”
Ailbhe C.  |  Canberra International Music Festival, 2021


‘‘Genevieve was very well informed and interesting. Her personal contact with most of the gardens and owners made the tour much more friendly.”
Jenny F.  |  Gardens of the Australian Capital Territory, 2020


“Genevieve was an excellent tour leader with good knowledge, organisational skills and leadership. She had empathy, great charm and showed such interest in us.’’
Gisela W.  |  Japanese Gardens, Art and Architecture, 2019


“Professional, knowledgeable and efficient!”
Robert Y.  |  Canberra International Music Festival, 2019


“Genevieve was a super Tour Leader! She was interesting and enthusiastic, plus she organised special guests for her morning talks.”
Vicki M.  |  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 first-rate. Charming, efficient and very informative.”
Mary M.  |  Paradise Gardens of Persia, 2018