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 ToursbyMarie was born. Since 2010 I create tailor made itineraries for your special
garden tour in Europe. I specialize in intimate groups, such as garden clubs and small groups of friends. We’ve explored gardens in Holland, England, Italy and France. My
clients keep coming back.