Your travel experience with Botanica will be greatly enhanced by the opportunity to learn from our professional and knowledgeable guides and guest lecturers. They will provide informative talks on specific topics and themes relevant to the itinerary, as well as be available to answer questions during informal chats.
Botanica World Discoveries are highly regarded for the calibre of guides and lecturers. We are proud to boast a stable of highly qualified experts, whether they are a specialist on the area you are visiting or an expert on a specific theme, they will bring an extra dimension to your travel experience
Meet some of Botanica’s Expert Guides, Tour Managers & Guest Lecturers:
Winner of five RHS gold medals, and many accolades, Anthea is a garden designer and teacher who has exhibited at Chelsea, Gardeners’ World Live, Cardiff and Hampton Court Palace RHS shows. She has developed her own one acre garden from a bare field and is a practical gardener as well as a designer. She has travelled all over the world as a speaker on gardens and gardening. She has a special interest in garden history and medicinal plants.
Arno King is a landscape architect and horticulturist based in Brisbane, where he works on a varied range of projects, including home gardens, parks and streetscapes. He is a regular speaker at conferences and teaches horticulture and landscape design. Arno’s passion is planting design and the innovative use of plants in the subtropical climate. He is currently developing an acreage garden where he can experiment with these ideas.
Jane Webster owns and operates The French Table in Normandy, France, offering unique food and wine experiences. She is the author of ‘At My French Table’ and ‘French Ties’ and has much to offer as she shows you the French food scene.
Judy has had over a decade of experience as a garden adviser and is the author of two gardening books. Judy is also a member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, the Horticultural Media Association and is the Communication Manager for Yates.
Julie has a Diploma of Horticultural Science from Burnley in Melbourne and has been involved in horticultural education for the last decade. She and her husband have a garden design business and have also grown plants for the nursery and florist industry.
Well known gardening author, journalist and presenter, Monty Don has gardened on television for over twenty years, including “Around the World in 80 Gardens” and “Monty Don’s French & Italian Gardens”. Previously The Observer’s gardening editor, he now writes a gardening column for the Daily Mail and Gardeners’ World. He has authored over 20 gardening publications. See the 11 Day British Isles, Castles, Gardens, History and Birdlife Cruise here.
Ross is the curator in charge of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. He is also a Patron, Life or Honorary Member of 28 horticultural organisations and is a retired State Chairman and National Board Member of Australia’s Open Garden Scheme.
Simon is one of Botanica’s most experienced guides with an incredible knowledge of gardens. He has acted as Head Gardener for Diggers Club for six years, as well as manage the Garden of St. Erth and Annie Smithers’ Kitchen Garden in Kyneton.
Since a young age, Talei has had the opportunity to live in parts of Asia and the Pacific, enjoying an introduction to exotic landscapes. She has enjoyed leading a number of international tours with Botanica, sharing her knowledge about plants and garden history.
Teena studied horticulture at Burnley in Melbourne. She is the manager of Smith & Gordon in Melbourne, who are suppliers to the retail and landscape industries throughout Australia. Teena is also a gardening journalist and a co-presenter of a radio program.
Dr Toby Musgrave has a passion for horticulture and garden history, which began at a very early age. Toby is an authority on garden history and design, and shares his enthusiasm and knowledge as an author and lecturer on television and radio.