Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Dr Gerald Luckhurst

Horticulturalist and landscape architect Dr Gerald Luckhurst was trained in England and the United States. He has spent the last thirty odd years making gardens in Portugal and elsewhere in the world, especially in Africa while maintaining an interest in historic landscapes, in particular those to be found in Sintra, Portugal. His book Sintra: A Landscape With Villas, first published in 1988, is still in print (6th edition). The Gardens of Madeira was published in 2010 and his latest book, Monserrate: an English Landscape Garden in Portugal, is due to be released soon.

His redevelopment of the historic gardens of Monserrate was awarded the European Garden Award in 2013 and his outline proposals for the Botanic Garden of Queluz received a Europa Nostra Conservation Award in 2018. He was lead consultant for the proposed National Botanic Garden, for Luanda, Angola.

Gerald runs a successful practice in Sintra and in Madeira where he has designed and built many gardens. A regular public speaker, he brings his extensive knowledge of sub-tropical and Mediterranean garden flora to ASA landscape and garden tour in Madeira.

  • Linnean Society of London (Fellow)
  • Landscape Institute (Chartered Member)
  • Institute of Horticulture (Chartered Member)


Sintra: A Landscape With Villas, Edicoes Inapa, co-author Jose Cornelio da Silva, 1988

The Gardens of Madeira, Frances Lincoln2010