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, Spain, Portugal, America and Morocco. I delight in creating bespoke tours for you and your friends, for particular interest […]

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, Spain, Portugal, 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.


Diary of Events 2021 and beyond …

Come join me on my schedule of garden design events and festivals this year – from private garden tours to design history talks (with a little cake en-route), I’d love to see you there.

Stay tuned on this page as I add more events throughout the year, and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

25 March 2021: The London College of Garden Design

Teaching module: Historic Planting Design

More info here

Broadway Arts Festival 7 and 8 June 2021

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I’ll be leading a ramble around private gardens as part of the Broadway Arts Festival, telling the stories of the artists and garden makers who made Broadway their home in the late 19th Century.

The tours are now sold out but you can still catch me here in conversation with author Ursula Buchan (also the granddaughter of The Thirty-Nine Steps author John Buchan) as we delve into the history of Arts and Crafts Gardens.

Book tickets here.

 

Boxwood Garden Tours – from 20 September 2021

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The Arts and Crafts movement had a real moment in the Cotswolds in the early 20th Century, as artists and architects flocked to the area, bringing with them new ideas and intriguing craft traditions.

This is a specialty area of mine, so I’m really excited to have been invited to take part in a special tour hosted by gardening magazine Hortus Journal. 

I’ll be bringing to life the features and stories of some beautiful Arts and Crafts Gardens in the area,

Find out more here.

June 2021: Violets & Tea Private Garden Tours

Bespoke small group tour to English Gardens

More info here

13 July 2021: Small group visit

To a private garden near Bath, as well as the world-famous gardens and nursery at Special Plants

Lecture Tour of New England – June 2022

I have been invited to give a series of lectures on Cape Cod in June next year, so if you’re from there and your garden group would like to book me in to give a beautifully illustrated lecture, please get in touch – mako.gardens@gmail.com.


“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.”