Hello, we are MCDUFFTOURS LLC and we organize and lead tours to visit great gardens around the world.

We are retired professors from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Robert is a Landscape Architect and was a professor of horticulture and director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden. Nancy is a soprano and former head of vocal studies in the Department of Music.

Over the past 20 years, we have taken over 1000 people to visit gardens here in the U.S. and abroad. These travels have taken us to England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Monaco, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and the Netherlands. 

It is our pleasure to share great gardens with people who love them.


For 2018, we have planned a wonderful array of exciting garden tours to Southern California, Italy, Scandinavia, South Africa, and New England. While the information below is still preliminary, it should help you plan your garden touring for 2018!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at mcdufftours@yahoo.com

Gardens of Southern California
March 4-12, 2018

This is a wonderful escape from winter as we enjoy spring in California. We start in San Diego and work our way up the coast to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Long known for its great gardens, southern California has a vast array of plants from all over the world that will surprise you.
SoCal Tour
Gardens of Italy
May 19 - June 2, 2018
One of our most popular tours for the last 20 years, our Gardens of Italy tour explores Italian gardens from Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast all the way up to the Lake District in the north. In between, we visit Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice, and Stresa--and all the great gardens in the hills around them. We also see many of the great scenic areas in the countryside along with important historic landmarks in the cities. It is gardens, wineries, and history rolled into two weeks of dolce vita! Don't miss it.
Gardens of Scandinavia
June 27 - July 11, 2018
We will be visiting beautiful gardens and seeing extraordinary scenery in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. This mid-summer tour highlights gardens in city centers as well as in the countryside.
Gardens of South Africa
Late August, early September 2018
You are invited to join us on one of the most exciting trips that we have ever offered. If you've dreamed of visiting South Africa, this just might be the best chance to make that dream come true.  We spend two weeks in a country full of stunning plants, wildlife and scenery. 
Autumn in New England
October 2018
Fall foliage in New England draws millions of visitors every year. We add a twist by visiting great gardens along the way.


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