About

 

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 the borders to Germany and the Netherlands. We drew a garden, planted trees, hedges, perennials and vegetables.  Our children grew.  So did the trees. 

 

One day an American friend called.  Would I plan the logistics for a garden trip to Belgium she wanted to undertake with a few friends?  With only five days to see the best, she wanted to make sure the trip went smoothly.   Afterwards she said “You should start a business!”.

 

And so Tours by Marie was born. Since 2010 I create garden trips for garden clubs and small groups of friends.  We’ve explored gardens in Holland, England, Italy and France.  My clients keep coming back. 

 

Check out what they say here.

 

 

 

 

A member of the GFG (Travel Guarantee Fund) I am a fully accredited Travel Agent.

 

 

 

Marie-Elisabeth Offierski