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

Helen Young is a horticulturist, garden writer, presenter and author. She has led 20 garden tours internationally, visiting destinations such as France, England, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Morocco, Germany and Japan, and more locally Western Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Helen is well known for her weekly columns in The Weekend Australian over the last 20 years, and as House and Garden magazine’s garden writer for more than 10 years. Sydneysiders know her as a long-term regular expert on ABC 702’s Saturday morning gardening program, but she also runs her own successful horticulture business. Her experience and enthusiasm for all things garden make her a popular garden tour host.



“Helen was very generous with her knowledge of plants and gardens, she was easy to talk to and had a good sense of humour.”
Sandra R.  |  Gardens of the Adriatic, 2019


“Helen’s enthusiasm was infectious and I learnt a lot from her regarding plants. This was my first ever group tour to a garden festival, and also with Renaissance Tours. I would definitely travel with Helen again as a tour leader.”
Pauline Y.  |  Singapore Garden Festival, 2018


“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