Başak Gardner (nee Güner) gained an MA in botanical systematics under Professor Tuna Ekim in Istanbul though it is surely her botanist father Adil Güner who has cultivated her love of Turkey's wild places. Başak is a lively and instinctive tour leader whose enthusiasm for flowers and birds soon becomes obvious to all. Başak's knowledge of Turkey's flora is wide-ranging, and her engaging style coupled with superb organisational ability and near perfect English, have resulted in her rapidly becoming one of Greentours more experienced leaders, taking only five years to rack up almost forty tours. She is now busy expanding her repertoire from her native Turkey to all corners of the globe, as well as spending just a little time on her watercolours, for Başak is also a talented botanical artist. Başak and Chris now have a son, Merlin, born July 2010. Luckily, Başak has a willing baby-sitter in her mum and so you’ll see her on plenty of tours this year!