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Our Experts

Our team of expert garden advisors work together to find the best private and iconic gardens to visit around the world. Your travel experience will be greatly enhanced by our professional and knowledgeable Botanical Guides and Guest Lecturers. They will provide informative talks on specific topics and themes, as well as be on hand to answer questions during informal chats.

Travelling with our Botanical Guides

Sophie Thomson Botanical Guide

Sophie Thomson

National media personality Sophie Thomson‘s career in TV, radio and print media work focuses on the gardening arena.  The avid horticulturist’s enduring love affair with gardening stems from growing up in the family nursery in the Adelaide Hills.
Jac Semmler

Jac Semmler

Jac Semmler is a plant practitioner and director of Super Bloom, a creative plant practice bringing living beauty and diversity to gardens and landscapes through planting design. She is a recognised innovator in dry summer planting design and author of the books, Super Bloom and The Super Bloom Handbook
Simon Rickard

Simon Rickard

Celebrity gardener Simon is one of Botanica’s most experienced Botanical Guides. As former head gardener for The Diggers Club, Simon has an incredible knowledge of plants and gardens from around the world, which he loves  to share.
botanical guide judy horton

Judy Horton OAM

Judy is an awarded horticulturist who has been a radio garden adviser for more than 25 years. She gives talks, writes regular gardening articles and was responsible for six updates of the Yates Garden Guide. She is the current editor for garden Clubs of Australia’s magazine Our Gardens.
botanical guide toby musgrave

Dr Toby Musgrave

Toby has a passion for horticulture and garden history. Based in Denmark, Toby is an authority on garden history and design, and shares his enthusiasm and knowledge as an author of many garden history books and as a presenter on Monty Don’s  Lost Gardens television series. 
botanical guide anthea guthrie

Anthea Guthrie

 Anthea turned her hobby for gardening into a career. She entered her first show garden for the Royal Horticultural Society in 2003, and has since achieved numerous accolades, including two medals at the Chelsea Flower Show and Gold for Botanica at Hampton Court Flower Show in 2015.
botanical guide teena crawford

Teena Crawford

Teena’s long and successful horticultural career includes managing a production nursery, board member of NGIV, lecturer, and garden show judge. She has opened her own garden to the public on several occasions and loves to share her passion for plants, gardens and the environment.
botanical guide talie kenyon

Talei Kenyon

Talei has lived in many parts of  Asia and the Pacific, enjoying an early introduction  to exotic landscapes. Through her work with The Diggers Club, she has led a number of international tours with Botanica, sharing her knowledge of plants, garden history and the culinary world.
botanical guide julie prent

Julie Prent

With over 40 years as a professional horticulturist, Julie has a wealth of knowledge.  She has managed her own nursery and taught horticulture for over a decade. Julie is now involved in garden design and management on the Mornington Peninsula. She is also an accomplished artist.
Tracey Foster

Tracy Foster

Based in the UK, Chelsea gold medal winning garden designer Tracy has experience as show garden judge, garden design mentor, author  and RHS tutor. Passionate about gardening since childhood, Tracy has a degree in Plant Biology and  has been producing award-winning gardens for over 20 years, for both private clients and at RHS shows. 
Arno King

Arno King

Arno is a Brisbane-based landscape architect, horticultural consultant and keen gardener. He is also known for his weekly radio broadcasts, presentations and gardening articles. Arno has  an appreciation for landscape design, as well  as tropical, subtropical and temperate plants.  He enjoys sharing his passion for gardening. 
Colin Crosbie

Colin Crosbie

Colin studied horticulture and was appointed as Head Gardener to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at Royal Lodge Windsor. Colin moved to RHS Garden Wisley and was appointed Curator in 2010 before starting his own consultancy business. He is a passionate plantsman with a keen interest in garden design.
Sarah O'Neil

Sarah O'Neil

Sarah is a professional gardening writer, award-winning blogger and speaker. Her columns are a regular feature of Kiwi Gardener magazine and she has written three gardening books. Sarah is also the New Zealand Brand Ambassador for Yates and Gardena.
Ian Hutton

Dr Ian Hutton

Naturalist, author and photographer Ian Hutton has lived on Lord Howe Island for more than 40 years. He has written 12 books and has also worked on a number of research projects on plants, birds, geology and climate change. Ian has also published numerous scientific papers.
Sophie Holloway

Sophie Holloway

Sophie is a florist and gardener with a strong interest in art. Trained at Constance Spry, she previously worked with Kevin O’Neill Florist and was on the management team at the Mandarin Oriental HK. After returning to Melbourne, she established her own flower business. 
Kitty Wiegert

Kitty Wiegert

Kitty Wiegert studied landscape architecture, gaining knowledge of garden art history, garden design, nomenclature and plants. She has 10 years’ experience as a tour guide, having led garden tours and cruises within  Europe and specialising in the Netherlands. 
Roger Fox

Roger Fox

A passionate gardener, Roger’s studies led to a career in horticultural media. He has written widely and is the former garden editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Roger is now a freelance garden writer and podcaster, spending his remaining time with his plants. 
Sue Thomas

Dr Susan Thomas

Sue gained a diploma in garden design from the English Gardening School, while pursuing a career as a GP. After retiring, she concentrated on designing and building award-winning RHS show gardens and restoring her five-acre ‘Lost Garden’. She is particularly interested in Camellias and medicinal plants.