Garden Tours and Holidays
Unison Turkey has teamed up with specialist Gursan Ergil and created tours and holidays that will take you along Turkish history and culture through its gardens and botany.
“There is no doubt about Istanbul; even the wariest traveler can be certain they won’t experience disappointment there during their holidays”
Edmondo de Amicis.
Istanbul, a meeting point between the Eastern and the Western garden traditions, has a fascinating but relatively unknown place in the history of garden design. Our garden tours designed to visit some of the most interesting gardens of this historic city and its surroundings. Our tours and holidays include visits of some private residences where we will meet garden owners, and artists. Gursan Ergil, a garden designer & historian, who has a good knowledge of the region, and its landscape, will lead the tour. Local guides will be joining us if necessary.
Gursan Ergil spent six years living in the United States and studying landscape design, history, and preservation at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, where he later lectured on Islamic Gardens for two years. After moving United Kingdom from US, he continued studying at Cambridge Universtiy’s advanced garden history program. Today, based in Istanbul, Turkey, he splits his time between lecturing, leading tours and writing books on gardens. Ergil’s eco-friendly furniture and sustainable landscape designs are published on international media and his mobile gardens series was exhibited at Marta Herford Museum in Germany. Ergil currently works as landscape curator at Prince’s Island Museum in Istanbul and he is the author of the book ‘Gardens of Princes Islands’. http://www.gursanergil.com