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Deryn Thorpe

Journalist, garden writer and garden consultant

Tours

Villa Silvio Pellico, Moncalieri, Turin, Italy - photo by John Patrick.
Villa Silvio Pellico, Moncalieri, Turin, Italy - photo by John Patrick. A fine Neo-Gothic mansion (1870) with a Russell Page garden, arguably one of his three masterpieces. Visit this on Deryns' Garden tour in Italy. 2019.
Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, Italy - photo by John Patrick.
Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, Italy - photo by John Patrick. This is Count Carlo Borromeo's Isola Bella (1632), one of Italy's most extraordinary Baroque gardens. Visit this on Deryns' Garden tour in Italy. 2019
Japanese garden at Villa Melzi
Visit inspiration places like the Japanese garden at Villa Melzi, You will have an opportunity to visit this on Deryns' Garden tour in Italy. 2019

Designer, Paul Bangay's Stonefields, Denver, Victoria. Visit this on Deryns' Garden tour in Victoria. 2019
The Garden Vineyard in Moorooduc, visited on Deryn's tour to see the best gardens and designers in Victoria.
The Garden Vineyard in Moorooduc. Visit this on Deryns' Garden tour in Victoria. 2019
The bog garden at Creux Baillot cottage garden in Jersey
The bog garden at Creux Baillot cottage garden in Jersey.
Deryn at Chelsea
Deryn in front of an indoor floral display at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show.

Deryn first worked as a tour guide in the mid 1980s for Top Deck Travel, taking young people around Europe while sleeping, cooking and travelling on a double decker bus.

In the late 1990s Deryn started tour leading around Australia and overseas.

She has maintained her enthusiasm for new adventures and passion for sharing the travel experience, but these days prefers to explore the world of gardens, art and history in a little more comfort.

Over the next 18 months Deryn will be leading tours with ASA Cultural Tours (Australians Studying Abroad) to:


  • Gardens of Italy: The Italian Lakes, the Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria & Rome
    29 April - 21 May 2019 - Limited places
    This tour features exclusive visits to private gardens opened especially for ASA. They include garden masterpieces by Paolo Pejrone, Russell Page, Paolo Portoghesi and Pearson & Barfoot. Tour many of the gardens with the owners or designers and along the way enjoy delicious meals in the verdant surrounds of a number of private Tuscan and Umbrian villas.

  • Victoria's Private Gardens and their Designers:
    23 March - 1 April 2019
    Visit some of Victoria's most beautiful gardens and meet the owners and the designers who created them, including Paul Bangay, Jim Fogarty, John Patrick and Prof Tim Entwisle.

  • A Taste of Tasmania: Spring Gardens, Cradle Mountain & Gourmet Delights:
    17 - 27 Nov 2018 - Waitlisted
    16 - 26 Nov 2019 - Limited places
    This tour explores the gardens, agricultural landscapes and natural scenery of Tasmania during spring, when the roses and peonies are blooming and the landscape is lush and green.

Testimonials

Hi Deryn, a belated thank you for the Ballarat and Melbourne Garden Tour - it didn't only live up to expectations, it exceeded them! It was a wonderful week, made even better by your expert guidance and relaxed manner. A highlight for me was meeting Phillip Johnson, he is such an inspiration.
Lynne, Fremantle


Thanks for the superb French tour. It was very interesting both historically and horticulturally and you made everyone in the group feel very welcome and relaxed. You managed everything in such a relaxed and friendly way that it felt like we were a group of friends travelling together rather than an 'organised tour'. I have already recommended your tours to my friends."A bientot"
Aline, Mosman Park


I booked on to the Melbourne and Ballarat tour rather on a whim, as I wanted to see Paul Bangay's garden. However our tour took us to so many wonderful gardens, thank you. My sincere thanks for the planning, knowledge and commitment you put into our tour. You are an excellent tour guide, good with a group and not intrusive, and it was a very happy week indeed.
Anne, Melbourne


I had the pleasure of being part of an Italian Garden tour with Deryn as the horticultural guide in May 2014. Deryn's plant knowledge with historical context complimented the beautiful gardens and places that we visited. Her relaxed style, gentle good humour and sense of fun ensured that we all had a wonderful experience.
Caroline, Mt Lawley


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