Tours & Talks

Leading your tour is one of my greatest pleasures. My aim is to make your days as enjoyable, inspiring and interesting as possible.

I have a wealth of experience leading garden tours in the UK, Italy, America and Morocco.

I delight in creating bespoke tours for you and your friends, for particular interest groups or for those who wish to include gardens as part of their travels. This could include historically themed garden tours, gardens not normally open to the public or a short, lively pre-dinner introductory talk related to a visit.

Whether it’s a single visit or a whole package including accommodation and transport, let’s talk.

The Art of Garden Visiting

A Talk at Highfield Hall & Gardens

Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm


Marion Mako, an English garden historian, designer, and garden tour leader will present a richly-illustrated talk: The Art of Garden Visiting. She will delight attendees with entertaining vignettes drawn from garden visitors. She will impart the history of garden visiting using some of her favorite quotations. And, most important, she will help guests discover the joy in visiting beautiful gardens and the key to making the most of these visits. Mako is a sought-after speaker and tour leader, known for her “infectious enthusiasm”. While sharing her passion for all things garden-related, she hopes participants will discover theirs.

Marion gave up her “safe” job to train as a garden designer in 2002. She received a MA in Garden History at the University of Bristol, England with Professor Timothy Mowl. “The historical, architectural, and garden knowledge gained from this course has informed, shaped, and enriched my work,” she said. She has published four books, including co-authoring two publications in the Historic Gardens of England series that covered the counties of Somerset and Cheshire.

She is a trustee of the Painswick Rococo Garden ( in the Cotswold countryside in Gloucestershire, England. Designed in the mid-1700s by Benjamin Hyett, it is the country’s sole surviving rococo garden.

Tickets are $30 or $20 for Highfield members. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 508.495.1878.

Highfield Hall & Gardens        56 Highfield Drive       Falmouth         MA

Highfield Hall & Gardens, a restored 1878 mansion and estate, is surrounded by spectacular gardens and woodlands, Highfield hosts art exhibitions, music concerts, culinary classes, festivals, family events, and public programs.  The mansion is open to visitors six days a week from April 15-October 31 and year-round for programs and functions. Open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sundays 12-4 p.m.  Closed Mondays except holidays. For information, call (508) 495-1878 or visit – Joanne Ingersoll, Curator of Programs and Exhibitions


“Your knowledge of plants, gardens and family history as well as being familiar with the area all coupled with your own infectious enthusiasm and caring made this year’s trip one of the best ever and we will remember it for a very long time.”

“I cannot praise our tour guide Marion Mako highly enough. She was professional, caring and very informative – I especially enjoyed her quotations.”