Garden Tours for  Enthusiasts


Are you a garden club?  A group of passionate gardeners?  A group of friends wanting to travel to Europe to visit gardens?  

 

MORE THAN JUST THE MUST-SEES  you’ve  already been to the main iconic gardens on previous trips and this time, you'd like to see more.  How to find those special garden gems?

 

BE INSPIRED.  That's the main reason to visit gardens.  But how about also meeting the head gardener or even the garden owner?  What better way to understand the vision  behind each garden and to get a feel for the day to day challenges every gardener faces. 

 

ENJOY YOUR TRIP .  Fond memories nurture friendship and make great stories to tell back home.  There is nothing like sharing new discoveries with friends who are passionate like you.  With the logistics all taken care of, relax and enjoy the gardens you are here to see.

 

Since 2010 I’ve taken  small groups of up to 15 people on garden trips throughout Europe.  My clients keep coming back!  Read their testimonials here.

  • I plan and design your itinerary, based on your interests and travelling style.
  • I coordinate visits and meetings with the owners and head gardeners.
  • I arrange hotels, transportation and meal venues.
  • I provide you with a Trip Book, with day-to-day and background information - useful during and after the tour 
  • I accompany you on the trip, to make sure it all goes smoothly and you don't need to think, just enjoy.

 

Below are  examples of recent trips. Click on the photo for more information. 

 

Have a question?  a trip idea?  drop me a line here! 



secret gardens of venice, lagoon, gardentour
The Lagoon of Venice from the Casino degli Spiriti

The Secret Gardens of Venice

Arundel:  The Collector Earl's Garden
View onto the Castle from the Collector Earl`s Garden at Arundel

English Gardens Kent & Somerset

Chateau de Brecy , the parterre in the courtyard
Chatau de Brecy, Boxwood Broderie Parterre

The Gardens   of Normandy

Keukenhof, the river of Muscari
Bulb festival at Keukenhof, the Muscari River

Tulip Gardens of Holland



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What do Clients Say?


 

Jorge Sánchez

SMI Landscape Architects, Palm Beach -FLorida

 

We spent a marvelous week with Marie touring gardens in Belgium.  Marie laced together an incredibly well balanced trip for us. Besides, she is charming, caring and erudite. Hard to put up with our group, being we are demanding, and she managed us effortlessly.

                                                                  September 2019

 

 

 

Page Dickey

Board Member, The Garden Conservancy

 

Going on a garden tour with Marie is an absolute joy. Quietly and efficiently, she takes care of all the arrangements—travel, hotel reservations, where to have lunches and dinners, permission from garden owners—and all we have to do is enjoy the days.

                                                                         August 2018



Who is Marie?

Marie-Elisabeth Offierski, Founder ToursbyMarie

I grew up in gardens.  Every weekend my parents gardened, talking about plants by name, rather like people talk about beloved relatives.

 

I caught the travel bug early and after college in the US, I wanted to become a travel agent.  Economics pushed me into finance where I became an international private banker, holding positions in New York, Switzerland and Germany.

 

Eventually I quit to raise a family and settled in the country, in Belgium, not far from read more...