Jorge Sanchez, Principal, Smila Landscape Architects, Palm Beach FL
We spent a marvelous week with Marie touring gardens in Belgium. Marie laced together an incredible 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.
My bucket list trip was far far beyond expectations. You are extraordinarily gifted as a leader. You are intelligent, sensitive, calm , witty, thorough, deeply committed to providing a memorable trip, and especially giving and caring. I would follow you anywhere! . Brava Bravissima!!!
Garden Trip to England, May 2019
J. Downing, Sasqua Garden Club
You are the consummate professional when it comes to orchestrating all of the logistics and putting together itineraries that include exquisite gardens and cultural venues as well. It has been such a pleasure to travel with you on numerous trips abroad and I look forward to more fun excursions in the future
Lydee H., New Canaan Garden Club, Visiting Gardens Chairman 2018.
I want to extend a great big thank you from me personally and from the rest of the group as well. I just wish you could have heard all of the glowing compliments about you and the terrific trip you put together for us. There was not a single thing I would have changed! The hotels were marvelous, every meal superb and above all else, the very special variety of gardens we toured. All of the hosts were so gracious and spending time with them as they explained their vision, patiently answered our questions and shared what it took to accomplish the beautiful results added to the experience.
Page Dickey, Garden Writer and 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.
The excellent planning and logistics - bus, boat, hotel choices etc.. left us free to enjoy the gardens to the fullest. The superb notes will give us lasting pleasure. It was truly a delightful trip.
Thank you soooooo much for an amazing trip that I haven't stopped talking about since I've been home. It was perfection from beginning to end. You made the whole time move flawlessly and you did it with such ease, humor and knowledge on each and every visit. The choice of hotels was perfect and all the meals were great.
What a marvelous trip -- it was even better than I had hoped. Really, you keep outdoing yourself. Your organizational skills and your attention to detail made every day seem smooth, and we all know that doesn't just happen by chance! It was a great selection of gardens -- old gardens, new gardens, historic gardens and modern ones, all fascinating. I have so many beautiful images whirling in my head -- I keep going back to the invaluable book you made for us, just trying to sort it all out.
Thank you so much for everything you did to make our trip perfect!! I cannot imagine trying to control 12 headstrong women through Italy! But you did it with great panache!