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.

Helen Young

Horticulturist, garden writer, presenter and author, Helen Young has led more than 20 garden tours internationally and in Australia. She is well known for her weekly columns in The Weekend Australian over the last 17 years, and as House and Garden magazine’s garden writer for more than 10 years. She is a long-term regular expert on ABC Sydney radio’s Saturday morning gardening program, and also runs her own successful horticulture business. Her experience and enthusiasm for all things garden make her a popular garden tour host.


Current Tours:

Gardens of the Adriatic  |  28 April – 10 May 2019 (13 days)

Singapore Garden Festival 2020  |  July 2020

Autumn Colours of Japan  |  05–20 October 2020 (16 days)



“Professional and personable. Helen created a warm and relaxed atmosphere, where everyone was made to feel included and comfortable.”
Les and Lois M.  |  Autumn Colours of Japan 2017


“Helen is an excellent horticulturalist and guide. Helen not only made the gardens interesting but was always open to gardening questions and helped keep the group in good spirits.”
Jenny F.  |  Autumn Colours of Japan 2017


“Helen was a very pleasant and knowledgeable person who freely gave us the benefit of her experience in botanical matters.”
Russell R.  |  Autumn Colours of Japan 2017