Bundanoon Garden Ramble

Bundanoon Garden Ramble 2016

 

Bundanoon NSW, the home to Garden Ramble, is the ‘Quintessential Southern Highlands Experience’ and the perfect village alternative to larger towns such as Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale…the perfect place to relax & unwind. With a population of just under 3000 our quaint village is the northern gateway to Morton National Park where you can walk for miles and take in the breathtaking scenery it has to offer.

Now in its 20th year, the Bundanoon Garden Ramble on 22 and 23 October 2016 once again promises to be an enjoyable event attracting visitors from all parts of the state and beyond.

Open from 9.30am to 4.30pm both days, 8 private gardens will showcase their diversity ranging from large country gardens down to small town blocks. There will be plenty to see and do, thanks to the dedicated garden owners who spend months prior to the weekend preparing their beautiful gardens in anticipation of the many visitors.

Refreshments will be available in some of the gardens and visitors can also lunch in one of the many town cafes. There will be a market in the hall where plants and gifts are available for purchase and the Bundanoon History Group will mount an exhibition in the old goods shed. A display of old farm machinery will be set up in the main street. A Gypsy Wagon made by the garden owner will display a collection of old linen and lace.

 

Open gardens in 2016

•  Spinning Hill Farm – 5 Evelyn Avenue

•  Jean Flora — 11 Evelyn Avenue

•  Idle a Wile – 2 Penrose Road

•  Bonnie Doon – 46 Greasons Road

•  81 Coalmines Road

•  Fern Creek – 2 Ferndale Road

•  Applegate Cottage – 3 William Street

•  Birdsong – 13 William Street

 

Robertson Open Gardens

Robertson Open Gardens

 

Garden owners in Robertson in the NSW Southern Highlands are opening 8 private gardens in the peak of spring, set among rolling hills and beautiful country scenery. Gardens range from smaller town gardens to large country estates.

 

All gardens are open 9.30am to 4pm on both days, and tickets are on sale at all gardens.

 

Robertson Open Gardens 2016 includes:

 

Wildewood

Five acre garden featuring clipped hedges and shrubs delineating garden rooms filled with flowering perennials and shrubs, a waterfall and pond, archway of cherry laurel, and peaceful memorial garden enclosed by high hedges.

 

Linden Brae

Names for its arrival avenue of linden trees, and designed by Peter Fudge, Linden Brae is a series of formal garden rooms featuring clipped hedges and shrubs, buxus parterre, silver pear allée, avenue of pleached crab apples, roses, potager garden and sweeping lawns. Many areas of the garden have spectacular vistas of the surrounding countryside.

 

The Castle

Two acres of garden surround this fantasy castle-style home. The garden includes mature deciduous trees, conifers, flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals and formal front garden with central fountain.

 

Wetherby

A large country garden that combines remnant Illawarra rainforest with newer exotic plantings. Garden areas are defined by clipped conifer and box hedges and filled with flowering trees and shrubs such as weeping cherries, roses, white waratah, hydrangea, camellia and rhododendron.

 

Lynwood Farm

Surrounded by beautiful views to to Carrington Falls and Buddaroo National Park, Lynwood Farm featuring beautifully-made drystone walls (from locally collected rock) that create level terraces in the sloping garden. The garden features clipped hedges, espaliered apple trees, terrace filled with David Austin roses, tree peonies, linden and hornbeam walks and fruit orchard.

 

Linden Park

Covering 3 acres, Linden Park has a wide variety of interesting plants, including a wollemi pine thriving among rainforest trees. Featuring clipped shrubs and hedges creating garden areas and framing views to the surrounding countryside, Linden Park has many mature specimen trees such as birch, maples and sassafras as well as a vegetable and herb garden. Flowering shrubs like camellia, roses, and proteas are supplemented by many other perennials and flowering climbers like the wisteria-covered pergola. A large orchard is completely protected within a huge cage.

 

The Willows

The Willows has many mature trees, planted both for the spring flowers, like cherries, crabapples and Davidia as well as colourful maples. A large Japanese-style conifer bed shows off a range form and foliage colours and there is also a significant bonsai collection, orchids and tuberous begonias. There are plants for sale and a horticulturist to answer your plant and gardening questions.

 

The Moorings

A pretty 4 acre garden surrounds the house on this large farm, featuring carefully-shaped conifers and shrubs and a wide variety of foliage colour and texture. Vegetable garden, flowering rhododendrons, camellias and roses, summer house and small lake.

 

And there’s more!

There will be art work on display from our local artists, and stop and buy plants at the Robertson Garden Club’s large plant stall.

Over the weekend there are many attractions to be seen in Robertson. Browse the local galleries, antique shops and visit The Old Cheese Factory’s large collectable stalls. Have coffee at the local cafes and pop into Robertson Village Woodworks. Check out the local market on Sunday. Picnic among the beautiful waratahs at the Heritage Railway Station where the Fettlers Shed will have an art exhibition and the museum will be open. Visit Robertson’s Nature reserve where you can wander through remnants of Yarrawa brush and rainforest.

Tabu Bed and Breakfast, Cairns

Tabu Bed and Breakfast, Cairns

 

‘Tabu’ is located in the foot hills of Cairn’s rainforest, in northern Queensland. An exclusive pavilion style room (1 only), opens onto a furnished deck with a view of the exotic tropical gardens. Guests have their own private entry to their room.

Your accommodation has a comfortable king size bed, personal ensuite and is fully air conditioned. Your room boasts fine designer linen, quality towels, coffee, tea & ironing facilities, the bar-b-que is available if you wish to ‘fire up a feast’.

The serene azure pool is set amongst cool plantings of mangos, lychees, bananas, gingers and palm trees, and is designed for your own private enjoyment.

A self served continential breakfast of fresh tropical fruit, baguettes/croissants & muesli for your enjoyment on your deck or in the garden.

Tabu is located 10 mins drive from the airport and 15mins from the city centre of Cairns, set in the leafy rainforest of Freshwater. Local community shops include an exquisite French artisan bread & Patisserie are easily reached within a quick walk. Tabu is situated a 3 minute walk from the Freshwater station which is your hop on point for the famous “Kuranda Rail” journey.

The local bar/hotel provides a large menu, occasional entertainment and courtesy bus to and from the venue.

Facilities

  • King Size Bed
  • Luxury linen
  • Quality towels
  • Pillow selection
  • Private ensuite
  • Airconditioned
  • Large wardrobes
  • Wi-fi
  • Tea, coffee and milk
  • Beach/pool towels
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron & iron board
  • Clock radio
  • Bedside lamps
  • Personal deck

Fairlie & Mark at Tabu can book and organise many of the reef trips & tours which Cairns has to offer.

Treecycle

Treecycle

 

Treecycle is a special exhibition that celebrates the 200th Birthday in 2016 of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney featuring timber from trees that were once growing in one of three botanic gardens.

Trees in the Sydney Garden and also the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and the Blue Mountain Botanic Garden Mount Tomah follow a dynamic cycle of planting, growth and decay. During normal garden maintenance and rejuvenation, trees are pruned, or felled and replaced leaving a legacy of beautiful and often unique timber.

Artisans have created a wide range of beautiful objects from these timbers, from decorative objects to functional items like clocks, furniture and even musical instruments.

Curated by Leon and Ginny Sadubin.

 

All works are for sale, some by silent auction on opening night of Thursday, 11 August 2016.

Location: Moore Room and Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Free entry, suitable for all ages.

 

Treecycle artisans:

 

Melissa Allen, David Muston, Howard Archbold, Takashi Nishiura, Russell Beardmore Tim Noone, Elise Cameron-Smith, Darren Oates, Colen Clenton, Garry Olson, Holly Cope, Ben Percy, Nick Coyle, Michael Purdy, Brian Dawson, Richard Raffan, Dale Dryen, Ginny Sadubin, Phoebe Everill, Leon Sadubin, Mikey Floyd, Bob Scott, Charlie Gillings, Anthony Springford, Minky Grant, David Springford, Alby Johnston, Hugh Springford, Hape Kiddle, Nick Statham, Gayl Leake, Peter Stibilj, Graham Mandelson, Isao Takezawa, Will Matthysen, Christian Timbs, Harry McInnis, David Upfill-Brown, Stuart Montague, John Van der Kolk, Isabelle Moore, Grant Vaughan, Aidan Morris, Warwick Wright, Thirston Morris

Tropical Garden Fair Darwin

Tropical Garden Fair, Darwin

 

The Tropical Garden Fair in Darwin will feature:

•   celebrity landscape designer from Bali, Made Wijaya, in action over both days working on his new design project for the Garden

•   a huge plant market of luscious tropical plants

•   expert garden advice

•   floral displays

•   gourmet food and drink

•   live music

•   garden workshops

•   a garden-themed dress-up parade for kids at 11am on Saturday 13 August

•   Tea Party with Tinkerbell 11am Sunday 14 August

 

Location

 

George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, 10am-4pm each day

Kangaroo Paw Picnic at Cranbourne Gardens

Kangaroo Paw Celebration

 

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Cranbourne Friends are combining to present a wonderful opportunity for people to participate in a very special occasion in November 2016.

The iconic kangaroo paw and its relatives will be a celebrated in a number of activities. We may be familiar with kangaroo paws in our own and other gardens, but there is a whole lot more to this fascinating plant family.

The Australian Garden at Cranbourne will be enlivened by the planting of over 5000 kangaroo paws. The main plantings will be in the Cultivar Garden and the Northern Exhibition Garden precinct. Planting of gardens and containers of varying proportions will provide a stunning floral display.

Over November 2016, the Gallery at the Australian Garden Visitor Centre will have a Kangaroo Paw and relatives themed exhibition of artworks, crafts and floral art. Cranbourne Friends groups such as Botanical Illustrators, Botanical Basketmakers and Botanical Fabricators will be represented. During the month there will be a ‘Best Kangaroo Paw Pic Instagram Competition’ with winner announced on 27 November 2016.

 

Kangaroo Paw Picnic

 

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2016

Held over the weekend of Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2016 the Kangaroo Paw Picnic will provide a varied program of activities for everyone to enjoy.

 

Cranbourne Gardens

Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive (off South Gippsland Fwy), Cranbourne, 3977.

Open: 9am – 5pm. Entry to Cranbourne Gardens is free.
Please leave your dog (other than assistance dogs) and other pets at home to protect our local wildlife.

 

Some of the highlights include:

–   Guided Tours by Angus Stewart [Bookings are essential: ph (03) 5990 2200]
–   Launch of the beautiful Angus Stewart bred Anigozanthos ‘Landscape Violet’ at 11 am on the Saturday.
–   Special Growing Friends Plant sale of Kangaroo Paws & Cottonheads
–   Floral art demonstrations with Kangaroo Paws & Australian plants.
–   Live music by Dan Arnott & The Gardeners Blue Grass Band.
–   Everybody will have the opportunity to vote in the ‘Best Kangaroo Paw Competition’.
–   There will also be displays by Sponsors and Public Gardens in the Melbourne Region

 

The Horticultural Media Association Victoria is one of the sponsors of this important ‘Kangaroo Paw Celebration’.

 

Kangaroo Paw Symposium: Kangaroo Paws, Bloodroots, Cottonheads and More

Kangaroo Paw Celebration

 

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Cranbourne Friends are combining to present a wonderful opportunity for people to participate in a very special occasion in November 2016.

The iconic kangaroo paw and its relatives will be a celebrated in a number of activities. We may be familiar with kangaroo paws in our own and other gardens, but there is a whole lot more to this fascinating plant family.

The Australian Garden at Cranbourne will be enlivened by the planting of over 5000 kangaroo paws. The main plantings will be in the Cultivar Garden and the Northern Exhibition Garden precinct. Planting of gardens and containers of varying proportions will provide a stunning floral display.

Over November 2016, the Gallery at the Australian Garden Visitor Centre will have a Kangaroo Paw and relatives themed exhibition of artworks, crafts and floral art. Cranbourne Friends groups such as Botanical Illustrators, Botanical Basketmakers and Botanical Fabricators will be represented. On the weekend of 19-20 November Cranbourne Gardens will host a Kangaroo Paw Picnic and during the month there will be a ‘Best Kangaroo Paw Pic Instagram Competition’ with the winner announced on 27 November 2016.

 

 

Three Day Symposium Event: Kangaroo Paws, Bloodroots, Cottonheads and More

24, 25 and 26 November 2016

As part of this month-long celebration there will be a special three-day symposium on this group of plants that are all in the family Haemodoraceae. This is thought to be a ‘First’ for Australia.

Members of this plant family include the iconic Kangaroo Paws, Anigozanthos and Macropidia; Bloodroots, Haemodorum; Cottonheads, Conostylis and other genera such as the more poorly known Blancoa, Phlebocarya and Tribonanthes

This Symposium is packed with interesting and inspiring topics to be presented by a range of very experienced people over three days and will cater for all levels of interest and expertise. It will be a ‘not to be missed event!

 

Speakers include

•    Prof Stephen Hopper (world authority on the Haemodoraceae Family)

•    Prof Kingsley Dixon from Curtin University

•    Dr Brett Summerell, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

•    Angus Stewart, kangaroo paw breeder and native plant expert

plus Digby Growns, Professor Michael Simpson, Bronwyn Ayre and Ellen Hickman, Craig Scott, Jim Fogarty, Loretta Childs, John Arnott, Neil Marriott, John Thompson, Rodger Elliot, Amy Akers, and Keith Oliver.

 

PROGRAM

Day One: Thursday 24 November – Kangaroo Paw family Science Day

•   for those who want to gain a greater understanding of this intriguing plant family, and its botanical, zoological and horticultural aspects. It will be held in Domain House at the Melbourne Gardens

 

Day Two: Friday 25 November — Professional Day – Kangaroo Paw family breeding, design, cultivation and diseases

•   especially suitable for people working in Botanic Gardens, Parks & Gardens, Horticulture, Design and Construction. This day will be in the Tarnuk Room at the Cranbourne Gardens.

 

Day Three: Saturday 26 November — Home Gardeners’ Day – the Kangaroo Paw Family for home gardeners and native plant enthusiasts

•   a great day dealing with subjects that gardeners like! This day will also be at the Cranbourne Gardens.

 

Download the brochure for full Symposium details!

Melbourne Garden DesignFest

Melbourne Garden DesignFest 2016

 

Melbourne’s Garden DesignFest in 2016 offers the opportunity to visit more than 40 professionally designed gardens on two weekends during the spring peak of November:

 

Melbourne Garden DesignFest first weekend:

November 12 and 13, 2016 – city gardens throughout Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula

 

Melbourne Garden DesignFest second weekend:

November 19 and 20, 2016 – country gardens in Euroa, Ballarat, Bendigo, Macedon Ranges, West Gippsland and Geelong.

 

Spend an intoxicating weekend seeing gardens designed by such famous designers as Robert Boyle, Lisa Ellis, Rick Eckersley, Paul Bangay, Richard Bellemo, Eugene Gilligan, Jamie Clapham, Deborah Hambleton and many more.

The range of 2016 gardens has a range of both city/suburban gardens, and regional Victorian gardens. So that it’s possible to get to so many gardens over such a wide geographical area, the event is being held over two weekends, one for the gardens in and near Melbourne, and one for the regional gardens. You will find something for everyone, from small inner city gardens, to suburban gardens, to broad acre country gardens.

The garden designers will be in their gardens over the weekend to chat with visitors about the design principles, materials and plant choices they have applied to meet the particular characteristics of the site and the client’s brief.

 

The Melbourne DesignFest 2016 list of designers and their designed garden includes:

 

Gardens open 12-13 November 2016 – Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula

 

Lisa Ellis – 27 Carnarvon Road, Caulfield North

Robert Boyle – 15 Riverside Road, Ivanhoe

Jamie Clapham – 67 Albany Road, Toorak

Inge Jabara – 20 Melton Avenue, Carnegie

Paddy Milne – TBA

Mark Pedley – 210 Were Street, Brighton East

Diane Beddison – 62 Bryson Street, Canterbury

Sue Meli – 72 Dalton Street, Gisbourne

Stephen Read – 2 Euston Street, Malvern

Sandra McMahon – 73 Pascoe Avenue, Kilsyth

Paul Pritchard – 111 Rathmines Street, Fairfield

Betsy-Sue Clarke – 108 Sackville Street, Kew

Richard Bellemo – 4 Glan Avon Road, Hawthorn

Carolyn and Jobie Blackman – 272 Domain Road, South Yarra

Eckersley Garden Architecture – 21 Rochester Road, Canterbury

Andrew Murray and Julie Daniel – 15 Myrtle Grove, Blackburn

Mark Vanden Boom – 8 Trafalgar Street, Mont Albert

Eugene Gilligan – 14 Merriwee Crescent, Toorak

Tom Remfry – display garden at 4 Villa Mews, Vermont

 

 

Gardens open 12-13 November Mornington Peninsula

 

Eugene Gilligan – 24 Morell Street, Mornington

Ben McDonald – 187 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento

Clive Abben – 33 Deakin Drive, Mount Martha, AND 7 Douglas Court, Rye

Steve Taylor – 14 Tallis Drive, Mornington

Eckerlsey Garden Architecture – 371 Musk Creek Road, Flinders

 

 

Gardens open 19-20 November 2016 – country Victoria

 

Paul Bangay – 267 Longwood Gobur Road, Creightons Creek

Roy Roberts – 8 Brewster Street, Woodend

David Musker – 125 Palmer Road, Jindivick

Deborah Hambleton – 33 Clowes Street, Malmsbury

Richard Bellemo – 357 Remembrance Drive, Cardigan

Kylie Rose Blake – 35 Pre-Emptive Road, Scarsdale

Robert Boyle – 142 Longwood Gobur Road, Longwood

Gail van Rooyen – 948 Top Road, Terip Terip

Eckersley Garden Architecture – 224 Longwood Mansfield Road, Creightons Creek

Christian Jenkins – 70 High Ridge Drive, Clifton Springs

Peter Shaw – 48 Harvey Street, Anglesea

Stephen Read – 221 Noble Street, Newtown

Lee Adams – 123 Neale Street, Flora Hill, AND 328 Nankervis Road, Mandurang

 

You can find all the details about each of the gardens and the designers, as well as more photos on the GardenDesignFest website

For those unfamiliar with Melbourne or who don’t want the worry of a long day’s drive there are Garden DesignFest guided bus tours to gardens on both weekends. The tour means you can fit in even more gardens and still have a relaxing day out. Our knowledgeable guides will provide background information on each of the gardens and its designer, and commentary and discussion about the gardens.

Garden DesignFest is organised and managed by Rotary volunteers and all of the funds received are donated to charity. Over the previous 6 DesignFest events we have raised almost $400,000 for charity. In 2016, we will be allocating proceeds to the three major charities: the Monash Children’s Hospital, Sporting Chance kids cancer foundation and also the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s research into Friedreich Ataxia.

Plant Lovers Fair at Kariong, NSW

Plant Lovers Fair at Kariong, NSW

 

Kariong Mountains High School, Festival Drive, Kariong.

Central Coast, NSW

 

Exhibitors

 

Our Exhibitors are always specially chosen to offer ‘something different’ – rare, unusual and collectable plants not commonly available in Garden Centres. This does not make these plants difficult to grow! You will always find a great selection of interesting species more familiar to you that will be hard to resist and we are very pleased to host all our Exhibitors at the 2016 Plant Lovers Fair, many of whom are returning in 2016 after proving so very popular in previous years.

 

Perennials, Herbaceous Plants and Bulbs – for Cool & Warm Climates
Edible plants – Herbs, Fruit and Vegetables
  • Delightfully Fresh Organics – NSW – Certified organic herb and vegetable seedlings and edible plants.
  • Greenpatch Organic Seeds – NSW – Certified organic vegetable and ornamental seeds, perennials, fruit trees and berry fruits.
  • Kariong Mountains High School – NSW – Selection of edible plants grown by the students.
Ornamental Shrubs, Trees and Australian Native Plants
Orchids, Bromeliads, Carnivorous Plants, Ferns, Bonsai, Cacti and Succulents
  • Australian Carnivorous Plant Society – NSW – Nepanthes, Venus Fly Trap, Saracenia and Drosera.
  • Bromeliads Australia – NSW – Bromeliad hybrids for sun and shade.
  • Coachwood Nursery – NSW – Succulents, perennials and other ornamental plants.
  • Harland’s Nursery – NSW – Warm and cool climate bulbs, cacti, and succulents.
  • James Lucas Succulents – NSW – Rare and unusual succulents.
  • Kawana Gardens Nursery – NSW – Orchids, & hanging baskets of a large range of epiphytic jungle cacti, including Rhipsalis
    and Lepismiums.
  • Mini Garden Creations – NSW – Water Gardens in pots.
  • Ray Nesci Bonsai Nursery – NSW – Established bonsai plants, starter plants and accessories.
  • Ross Bolwell Begonias – NSW – Begonias and other shade-loving plants.
  • Royale Orchids – NSW – Cymbidium Orchids and other genera.
  • Tinonee Orchids – NSW – Native and hybrid orchids, and orchid cultivation accessories.
  • Verdigris Fern Nursery – NSW – Native and exotic ferns.
Garden Accessories and Special Interest
  • Central Coast Potters Society – NSW – Specially produced garden-themed pottery.
  • Estate Gardening – VIC – Quality garden tools and accessories.
  • Florilegium Bookstore – NSW – Books on gardening, botany and landscape design, including antiquarian books.
  • Gabby Malpas Botanical Art – Special seeds and her original Art on Homewares, Stationary and Clothing Accessories.
  • Islands in the Stream – NSW – Lee Fieldhouse – Vermiculture – worms, soil conditioners and microbes essential for your
    garden.
  • The Garden Clubs of Australia – For all your information on garden club activities. Meet the friendly volunteers and talk to them about the benefits of membership. Plant Lovers Fair is grateful for all the volunteer work the Committee of GCA does for its members.
Food and Beverages
  • Berry Fruity – Frozen berry yoghurts, ice creams, smoothies and choc-tops.
  • Cafe Moves – Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies.
  • Emmy’s Turkish Gozleme – Freshly prepared savoury and dessert gozleme and cold drinks.
  • Kariong Mountains High School Canteen – Sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls, wraps, nachos, banana bread, muffins, cold drinks and coffee.
  • Kariong Scouts – Sausage sandwiches and steak sandwiches.
  • Pop Up Coffee Co – Fresh coffee.
  • Viet Yum – Traditional freshly prepared Vietnamese food, including spring rolls, summer rolls, papaya salad, and crispy wontons.

There is an ATM onsite

 

Guest Speakers and Demonstrations

2016 PLF Ambassador – Angus Stewart

ABC Gardening Australia Presenter

Angus_Stewart

 

Meet Angus at his stand, ‘Gardening with Angus’, where he will be selling his own Kangaroo Paw hybrids along with his books on cultivating native plants.

Hear him on Sunday 25 September at 1.30 pm in conversation with Olga Blacha about her concept of an Australian Japanese Fusion Style Garden.

Angus will also feature in the Growers Workshops in the Marquee.

 

Special Guest Speakers and Demonstrations on Saturday 24 September

11.00 – 11.40 am – Art in the Garden

Master Sculptor, Jamie Sargeant, in conversation with Peter Nixon on monumental & hero garden art for converging sight lines and sense of arrival.

1.30 – 2.10 pm – Garden Design

Garden Design ‘Fixups’ – Catherine Stewart, GardenDrum Editor in conversation with Barbara Landsberg and Peter Nixon on ‘Fixups’ for functional & ornamental outcomes with emphasis on use of plants combined with sympathetic, unobtrusive construction & finishes in the garden.


Special Guest Speakers and Demonstrations on Sunday 25 September

11:00 am – 12.10 pm – Growers’ Brain Trust

In conversation with Peter Nixon:

  • Lee Fieldhouse – Vermiculturist, Worm Farmer – “Live Microbes, essential for your Garden’s Success”
  • Gary Taylor – “New Aloes for the Perennial Garden”
  • Charles Harland – “Warm Bulbs are Not Daffodils”
  • Clinton Bramston – “Clump Forming & Dwarf Bamboos – the friendly alternative”
  • Ruth Donnelly – ”Warm Temperate Eclectica”
  • David Fripp – “Gems for the Coastal Garden”

1.30 – 2.10 pm Garden Style ‘Australian Japanese Fusion’ – A New Australian Garden Style

Olga Blacha – Sustainable Natives, Somersby in conversation with Angus Stewart

Olga has just completed her PhD on this new exciting garden style.

Private Gardens of New Zealand with Fiona Ogilvie

Private Gardens of New Zealand – Wellington to Queenstown with Fiona Ogilvie

 

One of Fiona’s favourite destinations is New Zealand and she just can’t wait to revisit and show off her specially chosen properties in the glorious Spring.

Over two weeks, meet an eclectic mix of artisans and farmers. Visit historic buildings and explore carefully selected private gardens in Wellington and the South Island regions of Marlborough, Canterbury, the Otago Coast and Queenstown. Visit over 20 magnificent and varied gardens, meet their owners and enjoy their warm Kiwi hospitality. Some of the gardens date back to the 19th century and feature superbly restored historic homes of national significance, with stunning scenery as their backdrop.

 

AT A GLANCE…

• Visit gardens of NZ Garden of International and National Significance status
• Sail across the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton
• Traverse the Island and enjoy stunning scenery at every turn
• Discover the beautiful cities and towns of the South Island including Queenstown and Dunedin
• Enjoy farmhouse lunches, country hospitality and local wines

 

ITINERARY

Thu 10 November 2016 / Arrive Wellington
Arrive Wellington and check-in to your hotel.

FRI 11 NOV / WELLINGTON
Begin with an orientation tour of the vibrant city of Wellington, nestled around the harbour and surrounded by natural scenery. See the famous Beehive and Parliament Buildings, Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Lady Norwood Rose Gardens. Enjoy breathtaking views from the summit of Mount Victoria.

Drive out of Wellington into the picturesque Ohariu Valley to Pepped Warbeck garden, a NZ Garden of Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust (NZGT). The garden consists of a majestic entrance and long curving drive, planted with Marlborough daisies and many different native trees and shrubs. Extensive lawns sweep down to the re-modelled bog garden which features five adjoining ponds planted with primulas, bog irises, hostas and gunnera.

Following a welcome lunch with Fiona and fellow garden lovers, return to Wellington and visit the Te Papa Tongawera Museum, a fascinating centre dedicated to art, history and Maori culture. (BLD)

SAT 12 NOV / WELLINGTON – BLENHEIM
Today enjoy the scenic crossing on the Interislander ferry between Wellington and Picton. After sailing out of the picturesque harbour of Wellington, cross Cook Strait before entering the magnificent Marlborough Sounds. The three hour journey between Wellington and Picton is considered one of the most spectacular cruises in the world.

Arrive in Picton and continue to Woodend Garden and Vineyard for lunch and wine tasting. Stroll under the pergola adorned with ten Alberic Barbier roses, through to stunning water features, encountering delightful garden sculptures along the way. (BLD)

SUN 13 NOV / BELNHEIM
Today explore the Marlborough area and its gardens. Begin with Bankhouse Garden, one of the highlights of the Wairau Valley. Meander through the lower level into a shaded gully that hosts rhododendrons and bog plants. Continue towards the house and onto the upper level garden terraces where you find rambling roses and a variety of drought resistant plants.

Continue to Barewood garden for lunch. Recognised as a NZ Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust (NZGT), Barewood garden is designed to complement the 100 year old homestead, and features formal allees of hawthorn and malus, plantings of unusual trees and shrubs and a classic potager featuring espaliered fruit.

Journey to Paripuma Garden, with its unique collection of indigenous and rare plant species that have created a haven for wildlife on what was once a bare sandy paddock. (BL)

MON 14 NOV / BLENHHEIM
Today further explore the Marlborough area’s wines and gardens.

Begin with a visit to Hortensia House, the private homestead and garden of Georges and Huguette Michel. The Monet-inspired garden is informal in design and is loosely themed on blue and yellow, capturing an essence of serenity and reflecting the colours of the house. Huguette’s favourite shade of hydrangea is blue and these, along with lavenders, forget-me-not’s, love-in-a-mists and others provide the blue tones throughout the garden. Yellow is provided by varieties of roses, pansies, daisies, aquilegias and gazanias.

Follow with a visit to Upton Oaks, the English-inspired garden of Dave and Sue Monahan developed around a restored 1911 Victorian villa. Brick walls, ponds, perennial borders, and a 17th century style ‘knot garden’ are divided into sections by colour and a rustic kitchen garden. Upton Oaks is also recognised as a NZ Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust (NZGT).

Continue to Allan Scott Wines, the family owned winery established by Allan and Catherine Scott. Enjoy a wine tasting followed by lunch which is served in the European-style courtyard with its exceptional gardens and vistas to the vineyards beyond.

Afternoon is free to further explore Blenheim. (BL)

TUE 15 NOV / BLENHEIM – KAIKOURA
After breakfast depart Blenheim and travel south on the State Highway 1 to Kaikoura. Stop at Richard and Sue Macfarlane’s beautifully designed garden Winterhome, offering magnificent views of the ocean. Recognised as a NZ Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust (NZGT), the garden features bold, classic French lines, and is famous for its arbours, pools, woodlands and avenues.

After lunch at ‘The Store’ continue to Kaikoura. (BL)

WED 16 NOV / KAIKOURA – ASHBURTON
Today depart Kaikoura and travel south to Ashburton, stopping at Flaxmere garden for lunch.

Flaxmere is a garden for all seasons, and has been sculpted from very simple beginnings since 1966. This is a large country garden based on the principles of strong design, which is completely in tune with the river bed country it is part of. Immense use of water, creating a series of five ponds, gives a sense of enormous peace and ensures wonderful bird life. This is a garden that includes most aspects: formal, informal, woodland, natives, roses, rhododendrons and water.

In the afternoon continue to Rakaia gardens. The garden is six acres and wide lawn paths link each area with rhododendrons, camellias, thousands of annuals, perennials, roses and a huge area dedicated to NZ natives surrounding Ted’s pond. (BLD)

THU 17 NOV / ASHBURTON
Today journey into the foothills of the Southern Alps, to the small town of Mt Somers.
Begin with a visit to Surrey Hills Station to explore Sara Grigg’s magnificent garden and historic homestead.

Visit Frances and Don Stanton’s 1878 Schoolhouse garden. Enjoy country hospitality, lunch and time to wander their charming cottage garden.

Continue to Rangiatea sheep and cattle farm, owned by Sara and Blair Gallagher. Explore the picturesque gardens, agate gemstones (mined on the property), gallery and jewellery shop. (BL)

FRI 18 NOV / ASHBURTON
Begin with a visit to Winchmore Gardens, a four acre country garden set among 12 acres of original 140 year old homestead trees. The sheltered, peaceful garden with varied quality plantings is bordered with extensive buxus hedging.

Following lunch in Ashburton (own expense) continue to Akaunui Historic House and garden, originally designed by Alfred Buxton and established over 100 years ago. The garden now covers 14 acres and includes magnificent old trees. There is a pond, a creek and a bog garden, as well a woodland garden with a large collection of rhododendrons and associated plants. Akaunui also features formal and less formal gardens, many roses and a productive vegetable garden.

Conclude the day with a visit to Longbeach Estate Farm, first established in 1864 with trees planted as shelterbelts against the Nor’West winds. Gradually the garden has bloomed inside the shelter, prospering over the years as each generation of the Grigg family has continued planting and maintenance. Enjoy dinner at the Longbeach Cookshop, a historic building which is part of the farm. (BD)

SAT 19 NOV / ASHBURTON – DUNEDIN
Depart Ashburton after breakfast for a leisurely drive to Dunedin (approx. 300 km).

Stop at Timaru for a visit to the Aigantighe Art Gallery and garden. The Edwardian house gallery displays artworks in a unique and beautiful setting. The original staircase, fireplaces, and stained glass windows are features of timeless elegance. Stroll through the adjoining park-like grounds containing a wide variety of permanent sculptures set amongst established trees and gardens.

Continue to the historic town of Oamaru with its historic limestone buildings. Following lunch (own expense) travel to the suburb of Weston, to visit Rockvale Stone and Garden. The garden features trees, shrubs and flowers, water features, garden sculptures, grassed walkways and beautiful creamy Oamaru stone, in both its natural state and finely finished form.

Prior to arriving in Dunedin, stop in Moeraki renowned for its intriguing Moeraki Boulders strewn along the beach. (BD)

SUN 20 NOV / DUNEDIN
Begin with an orientation tour of Dunedin followed by a visit to the NZ Garden of National Significance Glenfalloch Woodland, situated in peaceful relaxing surroundings with panoramic harbour views. Stroll among the rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, fuchsias and a profusion of various flower species which integrate with native ferns, exotic imports and indigenous trees, showcasing 120 years of conservation and expansion of New Zealand botanical heritage.

The afternoon is dedicated to a guided tour of Larnach Castle and gardens, rated by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a NZ Garden of International Significance. A unique collection of specialised gardens, Larnach Castle features the Patterned Garden, the Lost Rock Garden, the Serpentine Walk, the Rain Forest, the South Seas Garden, the Alice Lawn, and the Laburnym Arch and Green Room. The gardens are Margaret Barker’s personal creation over 40 years – not only is she a restorer of historic buildings, she is also a passionate gardener. (BL)

MON 21 NOV / DUNEDIN – QUEENSTOWN
This morning travel to Clachanburn Station Patearoa, situated on the Maniototo plain in Central Otago. The garden is 4.5 acres in size and has been developed around a stream and the original plantings of 1930 which included poplars, willows, birches and a large Acer negundo. There are two large ponds with the lower pond featuring an arching natural stone bridge and boat shed. Enjoy lunch with Jane Falconer in her beautiful garden, a NZ Garden of National Significance.

Continue to Queenstown, via the Art Deco town of Ranfurly with its beautiful buildings restored to their former glory. (BL)

TUE 22 NOV / QUEENSTOWN
Today visit two outstanding gardens. The first is Blair Garden, situated a short drive from the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Blair Garden is recognised as a NZ Garden of National Significance. This imaginative and innovative country garden began 34 years ago and reflects the passion and vision of its owner, Janet Blair.

Continue to the Chantecler Garden, an evergreen garden established in 2006 which now covers circa 12 acres. The garden is beautiful in all seasons but spring is undeniably an excellent time to visit Chantecler with its blaze of colour featuring camellias, magnolias, kalmia, wisteria and ornamental cherry trees. It is designed to represent different countries and regions around the world. Chantecler is also recognised as a NZ Garden of Significance.

Tonight join Fiona and fellow garden lovers for a farewell dinner. (BD)

WED 23 NOV / DEPART QUEENSTOWN
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.

If you would like to extend your stay in Queenstown, please talk to one of our dedicated travel team for options and prices. (B)

ASA Lecture Series – Melbourne

ASA Lecture Series – Melbourne

 

MELBOURNE LECTURE SERIES 2016

 

Venue: Theatre, Lauriston Girls’ School, 38 Huntingtower Road, Armadale 3143.

For all lectures, places are limited and people wishing to attend are advised to book well in advance. Each day offers 2 lectures, allowing time for a Q&A session at the conclusion of each lecture.

Bookings: Please book online, or contact ASA on: (03) 9822 6899, Freecall 1800 645755 (outside Melbourne Metro) or email: info@asatours.com.au

 

DAY 1: SATURDAY 9 JULY

Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm

Ancient Kingdoms of Southern India – by Em. Prof Bernard Hoffert

Few buildings anywhere match the spectacle of the temple complexes of the South. Vast enclosures with narrow streets, directing the way to prayer, sadus offering blessings beneath giant gate-towers alive with carved and painted images, idols with throngs of worshippers winding through the temple maze to the sanctuary. South India has long been a bastion of Hinduism, triumphing over Buddhist and Jain teachings and expressing its gods and myths in vast temples covering as much as 150acres. But all faiths have left their legacy in temples and towns built by the great dynasties which supported them. South India records the history of faith and conquest in stone and art, across millenia and this is the story Ancient Kingdoms and Empires of Southern India tells.

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm

Art and Charity in Venice – by Em. Prof Bernard Hoffert

The great Scuole, or charitable institutions of Venice, provided care for the needy and ill, looked after the interests of different crafts and professions, found jobs for foreign workers and supported communities from abroad. Their contribution underpinned the great financial success of the Republic and allowed merchants and artisans, excluded from government since the 13th century, to contribute to the development and status of the city. In doing so they commissioned the great artists of the day to decorate and embellish their meeting halls and churches; Tintoretto, Bellini, Carpaccio, Tiepolo, Lazzarini, Mansueti and others all created masterpieces to express their influence and deeds. This lecture focuses on the contribution of the Scuole and their art with particular attention to the Scuola Grande de San Rocco and its masterpieces by Tintoretto.

 

DAY 2: SATURDAY 30 JULY

Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm – by Dr Christopher Gribbon

– The Tale of Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Croatia –

The Roman Emperor Diocletian (ruled AD 284-305) brought the Empire back from the brink of collapse, introduced financial and administrative reforms and oversaw one of the largest persecutions of Christians. But after two decades in the top job, he’d had enough. So he built himself a retirement home fit for an emperor – an immense palace, at a beautiful spot on the Adriatic coast, with monumental architecture in the latest style.

Three hundred years later, most of the Roman Empire had fallen to invaders. Refugees from the “barbarians” sought shelter in what had been Diocletian’s palace. Within the palace buildings, they created a thriving new town, which became the important port of Split (now in Croatia) and was subsequently fought over by Byzantines, Venetians and Hungarians, among others.
Join Dr Christopher Gribbin as he explores this fascinating site, where much of Diocletian’s palace is still preserved, side-by-side with mediaeval homes, churches and palaces.

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm – by Em. Prof Frank Sear

– Mosaics of Norman Sicily –

After Palermo was conquered by Robert Guiscard and his brother Roger de Hauteville in 1072 it became a royal capital which flourished under successive Norman kings as a centre of enlightenment and toleration. Many of the most beautiful monuments of the city and its surroundings date from this period, when architectural and decorative elements from eastern and western cultures were adopted and combined. In particular glorious, glittering mosaics were used to adorn churches, chapels and royal apartments. This lecture will explore the extraordinary and rich mosaic decoration of Norman Sicily found at Monreale, Cefalu and in Palermo.

 

DAY 3 – SATURDAY 6 AUGUST

Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm – by Iain Shearer

– Persepolis: Imperial power, colour, decoration and sculpture –

“All the World’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players…” William Shakespeare ‘As You Like it’ Act II Scene VII
An aphorism that Darius the Great instinctively understood 2000 years before Shakespeare wrote a truth that is today but a misunderstood newspaper cliche. After seizing the Achaemenid throne and largest land empire of the ancient world in 521 BC, under somewhat murky circumstances, the new King of Kings began construction of an imperial capital befitting the glory of the Chosen of Ahura Mazda. This lecture will examine the inherent theatricality of Darius’s palace-city of Persepolis – added to by all his successors until the site’s destruction in 329 BC at the hands of Alexander the Great. The glorious utilisation of sculpture, colour and luxury at Persepolis was designed to convey the Achaemenid’s own sense of themselves as saviours of the world and this lecture will bring some of their unseen splendour back to vivid life.

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm – by Dr Alex McKay

– Kyrgyzstan: The Silk Road between the Pamirs and the Tien Shan –

While Kyrgyzstan is one of the most mountainous countries on earth, its fertile valleys were an important part of the ancient Silk Road. The Fergana valley was especially renowned in early China for its “Heavenly Horses” and since gaining its independence from the USSR in 1991, Kyrgyzstan has become central Asia’s only democracy. Learn about the history, culture and natural beauty of this spectacular land.

 

DAY 4 – SATURDAY 13 AUGUST

Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm

Gardens, Art & Fall Foliage in the USA – by John Patrick

This talk explores the blending of gardens with art that is such a characteristic element of garden design. Modernist designers in the years immediately after the Second World War contributed strongly to this tradition, none more so than the famed fabric designer Jack Lennor Larsen who in his garden in the Hamptons displays an ever changing and always exciting collection of sculpture. Past participants have been thrilled to see that Jack’s garden approach extends into his house where ceramics by leading twentieth century ceramicists including Lucie Rie and Hans Coper are part of the house’s remarkable decoration. Russell Wright’s Manitoga was revolutionary in its day and today shows a collection of his domestic wares. Outside the old quarry that his home is perched against is the setting for experimental contemporary art displays. Wright and Larsen may not be familiar names to all but the Rockefeller name brings immediate recognition. Nelson Rockefeller loved sculpture more than almost any other art. His collection transformed the garden at Kykuit acting as an exemplar for inclusion of sculpture in a garden setting.

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm

Drawing on Japanese influences in Garden Design – by Jim Fogarty

The earliest recorded Japanese gardens were created for recreation and aesthetic pleasure and are mentioned briefly in the first chronicle of Japanese history, published in 720 AD. However it is the more widely known gardens of Buddhist temples, designed for contemplation and meditation, that have captured the minds of gardeners the world over. In this presentation we will explore the core garden design principals of entrance & enclosure, the principals of Feng Shui & the Zen ideology of viewing a garden and the psychology of designing for flow and movement through a garden. Importantly we will explore the potential of how you can adapt these nuances into your own garden design.

 

DAY 5 – SATURDAY 20 AUGUST

Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm

The Mysteries of Paris: An urban landscape of dream and desire – by Prof. Chris McAuliffe

While Paris is famed as the City of Light, many artists and writers have preferred to explore its darker corners. For romantics, surrealists and radical bohemians, Paris is a city of mysteries, dreams and uncanny experiences. In the mid-nineteenth century, the poet and critic Charles Baudelaire wrote of the flâneur, the urban drifter spying on the rough drama of street life. By the 1930s, surrealists wandered arcades and backstreets in the hope that chance encounters might reveal the le merveilleux quotidien — strange and marvellous irruptions of the unconscious in daily life. After World War II, this Freudian poetics of the streets was recast as ‘psychogeography’ by the Situationist movement. No longer merely an architectural or geographical space, Paris was mapped as a landscape of psychic intensities and navigated by playful, drifting bohemians. In all of this, artists and poets sought the secret life of Paris; its forgotten quarters, its nocturnal life, its irrational and unpredictable character. This lecture will explore Paris’ subconscious, guided by some of the city’s most challenging artists.

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm

An Englishman’s home is a Welsh castle – by Richard Heathcote

This talk explores the uses that castles served both for suppressing the Welsh and in dominating the landscape as the homes of various nobility through the ages. You will hear about Powys, Prince Charles’ favourite castle where he has his own bedroom, and Caernavon where he was crowned Prince of Wales. Penryn, on the other hand, was the home of the Kings of the slate industry who exported to the world and with proceeds built a modern castle for their home. Gwydir reveals its owner’s romantic restoration journey from a ruined heap to lovingly restored medieval castle.

 

DAY 6 – SATURDAY 27 AUGUST

Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm

Bulgaria: Treasure house of the Balkans – by Iain Shearer

Bulgaria’s 20th century was both bleak and bloody and this has obscured a western understanding of the glorious culture that emanated from this centre of civilisation for 2 over millennia. One of the wealthiest of Roman provinces and a heartland of the later Byzantines, both Latin and Greek-speaking imperial powers absorbed the earlier culture of Thrace and Greek colonies that respectively occupied the mountainous interior and Black Sea coast. This lecture will link the early history of Bulgaria through the rise of Orthodox Christian medieval kingdoms, to the modern era, revealing a cornucopia of cultural treasures.

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm

Algeria and the M’zab Valley: Pearl of the Maghreb – by Iain Shearer

A hidden valley-sanctuary for a persecuted sect located in the deep Sahara of central Algeria, the M’Zab valley holds 5 fortress towns that until the beginning of the 20th century were entirely closed to outsiders: Islamic Algerians and French Christians alike. Today, the “Moazabites” are a dynamic minority community with a reputation for hard work and strict religious and social custom. This lecture will locate the history of the M’Zab people within the extraordinary mosaic of Algerian history: Numidian Berber kings and one of the wealthiest of all Roman provinces; home of Church Father St Augustine and a dynamic Christian past; Vandals and the end of Imperium; a great Byzantine stronghold of Justinian; jewel of Islamic dynasties, Ottomans, and Barbarossa the Corsair; to Colonial French rule, Albert Camus, and Independence.

Crookwell Garden Festival

Crookwell Garden Festival 2016

 

The 2016 Crookwell Garden Festival will be held over the weekend of Saturday, 5th and Sunday 6th of November, 2016.

At this time of year visitors can enjoy roses blooming as well as the beauty of flowering trees and cold-climate plants all set within the wonderful rolling green hills of the Upper Lachlan Shire in NSW, only 45km north-west of Goulburn and an hour from Canberra.

As with our highly successful inaugural Crookwell Garden Festival held last year, we will have a good variety of gardens open for viewing by visitors, both within the township of Crookwell and in the nearby countryside.

A popular feature of last year’s Festival was the Garden Lover’s Market, and we’ll be running it again on Saturday, 5th November at St. Bartholomew’s church hall and grounds in Denison Street, Crookwell.

As with the 2015 Crookwell Garden Festival, 25% of proceeds from the 2016 Festival will go towards a local charity.

Details of the gardens are available on the gardens page of our website: Crookwell Gardens Festival

Given the popularity of the 2015 Festival, we suggest intending visitors for 2016 book their accommodation well in advance. Visit the Upper Lachlan Shire website for your options: Visit Uppper Lachlan Shire

Chelsea Fringe – the alternative garden festival

Chelsea Fringe

 

Chelsea Fringe begin on Saturday 20 May and runs until 4 June 2017, at a host of different venues and settings across England and Scotland plus events in various locations around the world.

Building on the success of the previous Chelsea Fringe festivals, it will feature a wonderful mixture of public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations.

The Fringe is all about harnessing and spreading some of the excitement and energy that fizzes around gardens and gardening. The idea is to give people the freedom and opportunity to express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens, to open up possibilities and to allow full participation.

Entirely independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (though acting with its support), the Fringe explodes out of the showground geographically, demographically and conceptually. Its events encompass everything from grassroots community garden projects to avant-garde art installations. Our open-access principle means that just about anything goes – as long as it’s interesting and legal, and on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape.

Leura Gardens Festival 2016

Leura Gardens Festival

 

Think Spring … Think Leura

The 2016 Leura Gardens Festival will be held from Saturday 1st – Sunday 9th October inclusive. Gardens are open from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily. This year’s Festival will feature thirteen gardens, three more gardens than last year, at the same $25 all-garden price, or $5 per individual garden. As well, the three extra gardens are all new and wonderful additions to the festival, and have very different styles.

There are also two gardens returning to the 2016 festival, including Blue Vista, a true visitor favourite with its wonderful views, plus the regular magical favourites whose progress many visitors love to follow from year to year.

An added bonus for locals, particularly, as well as visitors who will be staying in the mountains, is that the $25 all-garden fee will this year include unlimited access to the Music in the Gardens performances on each afternoon. Several new acts will be appearing as well as return performances by two groups which wowed our visitors last year – the Penrith City Band – Sydney West Jazz Orchestra, a particular favourite with Sinatra lovers, and the wonderful harmonies of the Penrith City Harmony Chorus.

And of course, our plant sales area will be better than ever; negotiations are currently underway with specialist native plant nurseries to expand our offerings of these wonderful plants.

We have 13 tantalising gardens to visit, here is the full list:

  1. Ilion and Waitangi
  2. Rob Roy
  3. Rustlings
  4. Kookaburra Cottage
  5. Davaar
  6. Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort
  7. Dead End House
  8. Tandella
  9. Seasons
  10. Tanglewood
  11. Glenshiel
  12. Everglades
  13. Blue Vista

Gardens are open from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily.

 

Private Gardens of New Zealand

Private Gardens of New Zealand – Wellington to Queenstown with Julie Kinney

 

<<SOLD OUT>> – see our new tour Private Gardens of New Zealand from November 10-23, 2016 with Fiona Ogilvie

 

One of Julie’s favourite destinations is New Zealand and she just can’t wait to revisit and show off her specially chosen properties in the glorious Spring.

Over two weeks, meet an eclectic mix of artisans and farmers. Visit historic buildings and explore carefully selected private gardens in Wellington and the South Island regions of Marlborough, Canterbury, the Otago Coast and Queenstown. Visit over 20 magnificent and varied gardens, meet their owners and enjoy their warm Kiwi hospitality. Some of the gardens date back to the 19th century and feature superbly restored historic homes of national significance, with stunning scenery as their backdrop.

 

AT A GLANCE…

• Visit gardens of NZ Garden of International and National Significance status
• Sail across the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton
• Traverse the Island and enjoy stunning scenery at every turn
• Discover the beautiful cities and towns of the South Island including Queenstown and Dunedin
• Enjoy farmhouse lunches, country hospitality and local wines

 

ITINERARY

Sun 30 October 2016 / Arrive Wellington
Arrive Wellington and check-in to your hotel.

Mon 31 Oct / Wellington
Begin with an orientation tour of the vibrant city of Wellington, nestled around the harbour and surrounded by natural scenery. See the famous Beehive and Parliament Buildings, Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Lady Norwood Rose Gardens. Enjoy breathtaking views from the summit of Mount Victoria.

Drive out of Wellington into the picturesque Ohariu Valley to Pepped Warbeck garden, a NZ Garden of Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust (NZGT). The garden consists of a majestic entrance and long curving drive, planted with Marlborough daisies and many different native trees and shrubs. Extensive lawns sweep down to the re-modelled bog garden which features five adjoining ponds planted with primulas, bog irises, hostas and gunnera.

Following a welcome lunch with Julie and fellow garden lovers, return to Wellington and visit the Te Papa Tongawera Museum, a fascinating centre dedicated to art, history and Maori culture. (BLD)

Tue 01 Nov / Wellington – Blenheim
Today enjoy the scenic crossing on the Interislander ferry between Wellington and Picton. After sailing out of the picturesque harbour of Wellington, cross Cook Strait before entering the magnificent Marlborough Sounds. The three hour journey between Wellington and Picton is considered one of the most spectacular cruises in the world.

Arrive in Picton and continue to Woodend Garden and Vineyard for lunch and wine tasting. Stroll under the pergola adorned with ten Alberic Barbier roses, through to stunning water features, encountering delightful garden sculptures along the way. (BLD)

Wed 02 Nov / Blenheim
Today explore the Marlborough area and its gardens. Begin with Bankhouse Garden, one of the highlights of the Wairau Valley. Meander through the lower level into a shaded gully that hosts rhododendrons and bog plants. Continue towards the house and onto the upper level garden terraces where you find rambling roses and a variety of drought resistant plants.

Continue to Barewood garden for lunch. Recognised as a NZ Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust (NZGT), Barewood garden is designed to complement the 100 year old homestead, and features formal allees of hawthorn and malus, plantings of unusual trees and shrubs and a classic potager featuring espaliered fruit.

Journey to Paripuma Garden, with its unique collection of indigenous and rare plant species that have created a haven for wildlife on what was once a bare sandy paddock. (BL)
Thu 03 Nov / Blenheim
Today further explore the Marlborough area’s wines and gardens.

Begin with a visit to Hortensia House, the private homestead and garden of Georges and Huguette Michel. The Monet-inspired garden is informal in design and is loosely themed on blue and yellow, capturing an essence of serenity and reflecting the colours of the house. Huguette’s favourite shade of hydrangea is blue and these, along with lavenders, forget-me-not’s, love-in-a-mists and others provide the blue tones throughout the garden. Yellow is provided by varieties of roses, pansies, daisies, aquilegias and gazanias.

Follow with a visit to Upton Oaks, the English-inspired garden of Dave and Sue Monahan developed around a restored 1911 Victorian villa. Brick walls, ponds, perennial borders, and a 17th century style ‘knot garden’ are divided into sections by colour and a rustic kitchen garden. Upton Oaks is also recognised as a NZ Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust (NZGT).

Continue to Allan Scott Wines, the family owned winery established by Allan and Catherine Scott. Enjoy a wine tasting followed by lunch which is served in the European-style courtyard with its exceptional gardens and vistas to the vineyards beyond.

Afternoon is free to further explore Blenheim. (BL)

Fri 04 Nov / Blenheim – Kaikoura
After breakfast depart Blenheim and travel south on the State Highway 1 to Kaikoura. Stop at Richard and Sue Macfarlane’s beautifully designed garden Winterhome, offering magnificent views of the ocean. Recognised as a NZ Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust (NZGT), the garden features bold, classic French lines, and is famous for its arbours, pools, woodlands and avenues.

After lunch at ‘The Store’ continue to Kaikoura. (BL)

Sat 05 Nov / Kaikoura – Ashburton
Today depart Kaikoura and travel south to Ashburton, stopping at Flaxmere garden for lunch.

Flaxmere is a garden for all seasons, and has been sculpted from very simple beginnings since 1966. This is a large country garden based on the principles of strong design, which is completely in tune with the river bed country it is part of. Immense use of water, creating a series of five ponds, gives a sense of enormous peace and ensures wonderful bird life. This is a garden that includes most aspects: formal, informal, woodland, natives, roses, rhododendrons and water.

In the afternoon continue to Rakaia gardens. The garden is six acres and wide lawn paths link each area with rhododendrons, camellias, thousands of annuals, perennials, roses and a huge area dedicated to NZ natives surrounding Ted’s pond. (BLD)

Sun 06 Nov / Ashburton
Today journey into the foothills of the Southern Alps, to the small town of Mt Somers.
Begin with a visit to Surrey Hills Station to explore Sara Grigg’s magnificent garden and historic homestead.

Visit Frances and Don Stanton’s 1878 Schoolhouse garden. Enjoy country hospitality, lunch and time to wander their charming cottage garden.

Continue to Rangiatea sheep and cattle farm, owned by Sara and Blair Gallagher. Explore the picturesque gardens, agate gemstones (mined on the property), gallery and jewellery shop. (BL)

Mon 07 Nov / Ashburton
Begin with a visit to Winchmore Gardens, a four acre country garden set among 12 acres of original 140 year old homestead trees. The sheltered, peaceful garden with varied quality plantings is bordered with extensive buxus hedging.

Following lunch in Ashburton (own expense) continue to Akaunui Historic House and garden, originally designed by Alfred Buxton and established over 100 years ago. The garden now covers 14 acres and includes magnificent old trees. There is a pond, a creek and a bog garden, as well a woodland garden with a large collection of rhododendrons and associated plants. Akaunui also features formal and less formal gardens, many roses and a productive vegetable garden.

Conclude the day with a visit to Longbeach Estate Farm, first established in 1864 with trees planted as shelterbelts against the Nor’West winds. Gradually the garden has bloomed inside the shelter, prospering over the years as each generation of the Grigg family has continued planting and maintenance. Enjoy dinner at the Longbeach Cookshop, a historic building which is part of the farm. (BD)

Tue 08 Nov / Ashburton – Dunedin
Depart Ashburton after breakfast for a leisurely drive to Dunedin (approx. 300 km).

Stop at Timaru for a visit to the Aigantighe Art Gallery and garden. The Edwardian house gallery displays artworks in a unique and beautiful setting. The original staircase, fireplaces, and stained glass windows are features of timeless elegance. Stroll through the adjoining park-like grounds containing a wide variety of permanent sculptures set amongst established trees and gardens.

Continue to the historic town of Oamaru with its historic limestone buildings. Following lunch (own expense) travel to the suburb of Weston, to visit Rockvale Stone and Garden. The garden features trees, shrubs and flowers, water features, garden sculptures, grassed walkways andbeautiful creamy Oamaru stone, in both its natural state and finely finished form.

Prior to arriving in Dunedin, stop in Moeraki renowned for its intriguing Moeraki Boulders strewn along the beach. (BD)

Wed 09 Nov / Dunedin
Begin with an orientation tour of Dunedin followed by a visit to the NZ Garden of National Significance Glenfalloch Woodland, situated in peaceful relaxing surroundings with panoramic harbour views. Stroll among the rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, fuchsias and a profusion of various flower species which integrate with native ferns, exotic imports and indigenous trees, showcasing 120 years of conservation and expansion of New Zealand botanical heritage.

The afternoon is dedicated to a guided tour of Larnach Castle and gardens, rated by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a NZ Garden of International Significance. A unique collection of specialised gardens, Larnach Castle features the Patterned Garden, the Lost Rock Garden, the Serpentine Walk, the Rain Forest, the South Seas Garden, the Alice Lawn, and the Laburnym Arch and Green Room. The gardens are Margaret Barker’s personal creation over 40 years – not only is she a restorer of historic buildings, she is also a passionate gardener. (BL)

Thu 10 Nov / Dunedin – Queenstown
This morning travel to Clachanburn Station Patearoa, situated on the Maniototo plain in Central Otago. The garden is 4.5 acres in size and has been developed around a stream and the original plantings of 1930 which included poplars, willows, birches and a large Acer negundo. There are two large ponds with the lower pond featuring an arching natural stone bridge and boat shed. Enjoy lunch with Jane Falconer in her beautiful garden, a NZ Garden of National Significance.

Continue to Queenstown, via the Art Deco town of Ranfurly with its beautiful buildings restored to their former glory. (BL)

Fri 11 Nov / Queenstown
Today visit two outstanding gardens. The first is Blair Garden, situated a short drive from the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown. Blair Garden is recognised as a NZ Garden of National Significance. This imaginative and innovative country garden began 34 years ago and reflects the passion and vision of its owner, Janet Blair.
Continue to the Chantecler Garden, an evergreen garden established in 2006 which now covers circa 12 acres. The garden is beautiful in all seasons but spring is undeniably an excellent time to visit Chantecler with its blaze of colour featuring camellias, magnolias, kalmia, wisteria and ornamental cherry trees. It is designed to represent different countries and regions around the world. Chantecler is also recognised as a NZ Garden of Significance.

Tonight join Julie and fellow garden lovers for a farewell dinner. (BD)

Sat 12 Nov / Depart Queenstown
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.

If you would like to extend your stay in Queenstown, please talk to one of our dedicated travel team for options and prices. (B)

Private Gardens of Melbourne

PRIVATE GARDENS OF MELBOURNE

Garden DesignFest and Mornington Peninsula with Jennie Churchill

 

Designed to coincide with the acclaimed Melbourne Garden DesignFest, this tour will explore a wonderful selection of private, botanic and heritage gardens in Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula.

Begin with two full days of Melbourne Garden DesignFest where you will go inside some of Melbourne’s finest professionally designed gardens and meet the owners and designers. Then it is off to the Mornington Peninsula for more superb private gardens, an award-winning sculpture collection, two famous heritage estates and a special native garden.

 

AT A GLANCE…

• Be inspired by Melbourne Garden DesignFest, Australia’s leading open garden show of private, designed gardens
• Enjoy leisurely visits to Cruden Farm and Beluera, two of Victoria’s most famous heritage gardens
• Discover the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, a vibrant Australian garden
• Enjoy the fine local cuisine, wines, hospitality and private gardens of the Mornington Peninsula

 

ITINERARY

Fri 11 Nov 2016 / Arrive Melbourne
Arrive in Melbourne and check-in to your hotel located moments from the Southbank Promenade.

Tour arrangements begin at 7 pm with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant with Jennie Churchill and fellow travellers. (D)

Sat 12 Nov – Sun 13 Nov /Melbourne
Over two days visit an astounding selection of gardens open exclusively for the 7th Melbourne Garden DesignFest. Over 20 superbly designed gardens by some of Melbourne’s most acclaimed garden designers will be on show, with the designers on hand to meet and talk with visitors about their garden and answer any questions. (BL)

Melbourne Garden DesignFest
Started under the patronage of well-known gardening identity, John Patrick, this biennial event commenced in 2004 and attracts local, interstate and international visitors.

The last Melbourne Garden DesignFest (2014) continued the tradition of accounting for every possible taste – from family to formal, traditional to artistic and native to Hollywood. In all 26 gardens, all designed by landscape professionals including Paul Bangay, Fiona Brockhoff, Rick Eckersley and Steve Taylor were on show.

Melbourne Garden DesignFest is arranged by the Rotary Club of Kew to raise funds for local, national and international charities. In past years, the Rotary Club of Kew has, through Garden DesignFest, raised some $200,000 to provide much needed funding to a number of very worthwhile charities.

Mon 14 Nov / Melbourne – Red Hill
Depart Melbourne and travel to the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. After 20 years of planning, construction and planting, the Australian Garden is a place of beauty, enjoyment and education. Encompassing 363 hectares, the site includes some of the most important bushland and wetlands in the region.

After lunch continue to nearby Langwarrin for a visit to visit Cruden Farm, Dame Elizabeth Murdoch’s famed garden legacy. More than eighty years in the making and the heart of a working farm, the garden at Cruden Farm is a small piece of country set amid dense suburbia.

Continue to the Brooklands of Mornington, located in the Mornington village.
Dinner tonight at your hotel. (BLD)

Tue 15 Nov / Mornington Peninsula
Today spend the day visiting three delightful private gardens on the Mornington peninsula.

Enjoy lunch in nearby Sorrento, with time to meander around this historical village, the first European settlement in Victoria.

Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (BL)

Wed 16 Nov / Mornington Peninsula
Enjoy a morning at Beleura House, an Italianate villa built around 1863 by James Butchart but most famous as the summer residence of Sir George Tallis and his family from 1916 to 1996. The house is of national significance and the gardens retain pre-1900 elements.

Return to the Mornington Village for a chance to leisurely explore its delights.

Tonight celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (BLD)

Thu 17 Nov/ Mornington Peninsula – Home
After checking out of your hotel transfer to Melbourne CBD or Airport.

On the way, stop to visit McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. The park is set on sixteen hectares of bush and landscaped gardens, displaying over 100 permanent sculptures.

Drop-off in Melbourne CBD or at Melbourne Airport not later than 2.00 pm in time for flights departing after 3.30 pm. (B)

Garden Cruise of New Zealand with Sue McDougall

Garden Cruise of New Zealand with Sue McDougall

 

Day 1 Sunday November 27, 2016 Sydney
This afternoon we board Celebrity Solstice on this fantastic garden cruise to New Zealand. Be up on deck as we cruise Sydney Harbour and out through Sydney Heads.

Day 2 Monday November 28, 2016 At sea
The morning will be free to explore the ship. In the afternoon Sue will organise a Garden Trivial Pursuit, dividing the group into teams competing to answer garden questions. This is a great way to meet your fellow group members and there will be prizes for the winners.

Day 3 Tuesday November 29, 2016 Melbourne
This morning we arrive in Melbourne and travel to the Dandenong Ranges to visit two exceptional gardens. We first visit Cloudehill, where a maze of stone walls and jewel like garden rooms are set within woodlands of historic cool climate trees. This afternoon we travel to Olinda, the home garden of Phillip Johnson. Phillip’s spectacular design for Fleming’s Nurseries won Best Garden in Show at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013. His gorgeous home garden has a sustainable billabong, that doubles as a chemical free swimming pool. Beautifully positioned walkways meander through the garden featuring many indigenous plants.

Day 4 Wednesday November 30, 2016 At sea
We have a free day at sea today to enjoy the many facilities and activities aboard the ship. In the afternoon, Sue McDougall will give a talk on her career in horticulture and the media, and answer any questions you might have.

Day 5 Thursday December 1, 2016 At sea
Today you are free to enjoy some of the many activities available aboard Celebrity Solstice. In the afternoon Sue McDougall will host a trivia quiz.

Day 6 Friday December 2, 2016 Fjordland, NZ
Nothing can prepare you for the majesty of Milford Sound, star of Fjordlands National Park. New vistas mesmerise at each turn, towering Mitre Peak, rising 1692 metres above the sound, plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky dolphins, fur seals and Fjordland crested penguins are among the wonders in this place of outstanding natural beauty. Sometimes called The Sound of Silence, there is a cloistered serenity within Doubtful Sound that contrasts with Milford Sound. At forty kilometres long and eight across at its widest point, Dusky Sound is one of the largest and most complex fiords in Fjordland. Dusky Sound was discovered and named by Captain Cook in 1773 who originally called it Dusky Bay because of its sombre aspect.

Day 7 Saturday December 3, 2016 Dunedin
Arriving at Port Chambers this morning, we’ll be met by our private coach to travel to the city of Dunedin. Originally founded by Scottish settlers and known as the Edinburgh of the South, it features beautifully preserved buildings overlooking parklands. We’ll visit the Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, situated in a fertile coastal valley above the harbour. Originally developed by Philip Brady in 1917, it has a collection of superb European trees from 1872, under planted with azaleas and rhododendrons. Fuchsias and native ferns grow luxuriantly beside Russell Creek. Returning to Dunedin, we visit the historic, Jacobeanstyle Olveston House, containing a treasure trove of art and antiques, set in .4 hectare of garden.

Day 8 Sunday December 4, 2016 Akaroa
Today we call in to the pretty village of Akaroa, originally founded by the French, it is now a delightful town still retaining the ambience of France. We visit Coombe Farm which is a working eight hundred and fifty sheep farm in the Takamatua valley. The garden is in a beautiful setting
surrounded by hills strewn with native trees and bush, abundant bird life, creeks and a waterfall.

Day 9 Monday December 5, 2016 Wellington
Arriving in Wellington, the nation’s capital, we enjoy a private sightseeing tour of the main city sights, including the Houses of Parliament, known locally as the Beehive. At Mount Victoria, there are breath-taking, 360-degree views of the city, and we also visit the Wellington Botanic Garden, famous for its rose garden and begonia house. In the afternoon we travel to Masterton, where we experience a very different garden, Assisi. It is in a stunning location on the side of a hill, with wonderful views over the Wairarapa landscape from the architect-designed house. The dynamic owners made a decision to concentrate on natives to suit the climate, and have planted hundreds of grasses, flaxes, renga lilies and cabbage trees.

Day 10 Tuesday December 6, 2016 At sea
A day free to explore the ship.

Day 11 Wednesday December 7, 2016 Rotorua
We dock in Tauranga and travel to Rotorua to visit two gardens today. The 12ha Tikiteret garden, developed since 1987, incorporates a natural stream, established trees and bog plants including hostas, iris and primulas. Bridges cross the stream, which is lined with a collection of Japanese maples and cherry trees, while azaleas and rhododendrons cover the slopes beyond. We travel on to visit Miller’s garden, a private well-established garden with many interesting features.

Day 12 Thursday December 8, 2016 Bay of Islands
Our final stop is the spectacular Bay of Islands, one of the most historic areas in New Zealand and comprising of 150 scenic islands. We will have a sightseeing tour to Waitangi, including the Treaty House where the treaty between settlers and Maoris was signed in 1840. In the Treaty House grounds, as well as stands of historic, native trees, there is a small, semi-formal garden planted to suit the period. Don’t miss seeing one of the world’s largest carved war canoes.

Day 13 Friday December 9, 2016 Auckland
This morning we arrive in Auckland, the largest city and commercial centre of New Zealand. After disembarking, we enjoy a sight-seeing morning city tour which takes in the main sights of Auckland, including the Harbour Bridge, which spans the beautiful Waitemata Harbour and the quaint and stylish shopping area of Parnell. At Ayrlies Garden, created from 1964 by Beverley and Malcolm McConnell, gardening is an art form. Covering 4.5ha, it is one of New Zealand’s finest and best known gardens, incorporating three large ponds, cascading waterfalls, a rose garden, rockery, meadow garden and the stimulating “Lurid Border”. There’s also an adjoining 14ha wetlands reserve. This is a superb seasonal garden to which you will want to return. We are then
transferred to our hotel.

Day 14 Saturday December 10, 2016 Arrive Australia
This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flights back to Australia and the cruise arrangements conclude.

Condobolin Garden Festival NSW

Condobolin Garden Festival  2-3 April 2016

 

All gardens are open 10am-4pm both days

Visit the Wiradjuri Study Centre between 10 and 4pm to browse the many garden stalls selling a range of garden products, including plants, pots, garden ornaments and garden art.

Guest speakers:
Paul Kirkpatrick, of Estate Gardening in Jamberoo
Sally Bourne, of Sally Bourne Landscapes
Vas Roberts of Narromine Iris Farm
John Small on beekeeping.

Saturday evening on 2 April – ‘Music Under the Gums’ with Trouble With Johnny featuring Ces and Rocky. Time: 7pm (Separate ticket $20pp). BYO picnic rug/chair/picnic and drinks. At the home of Lorraine & Cary L’estrange, The Gums, Kiacatoo Road, Condobolin

 

GARDEN 1: SIMON CAREY & ERYN MULLINS ‘Drovers Rest’
“It’s all about the view”
A Dry Land Garden.
We started this garden 10 years ago. It is on almost 5 acres of rock on the side of Ressie hill. Nothing grew here but iron bark and black wattle, the ground had been pushed up and used for oat hulls and machinery. We saw none of that though, only the massive 360 view of gorgeous country side. Our river block wish list didn’t have a chance against this view.
We went into a massive battle with the rock, droughts, sever water restrictions and a scarred landscape armed only with ignorance and rookie enthusiasm to create a landscape that would do justice to the view. Years of trying to recreate the lovely river block garden of our dreams ended in disaster. The block not so gently reminded us it started out with iron banks and black wattle for a very good reason. It is DRY LAND….Crushed granite now replaces the struggling turf lawns, sculptural agraves and cactus replaced verdant bushed and pots contain citrus and cottage plants and the orchard now has olive trees. Gabion walls replace timber fence (white ants). It is a work in progress and will always be as everything changes, the climate, our ideas and needs.
Come and see what we’ve accomplished so far and take inspiration from a dry land garden we’ve created to complement the view.

GARDEN 2: The Wiradjuri Study Centre
Styled to depict the Australian bush, the raised gardens have native rock and driftwood from the Lachlan River. The gardens compliment the unique circular mud-brick study centre building. The building has a core material of locally made compressed earth brick, local cypress timber and various sustainability components.
The centre offers a local hub for training, development and employment, cultural appreciation, cultural awareness and heritage issues, a keeping place and a space to yarn up.

GARDEN 3: DI & IAN KELK ‘Bindarra’, Lachlan Valley Way
Located on the South Forbes Road, Bindarra was purchased in 1999 with the garden non-existant. Over the past sixteen years, they have added ponds, arches, hedges, over 40 roses and trees. This garden relies on bore water.

GARDEN 4: DONNA & GARY NAGLE at 48 McGregor Street
Moving back to Condobolin and building a new house in 2012 has provided us with a blank canvas and enabled me to take my love of decorating outdoors.
I spend countless hours looking at images online and garden magazines. I see something that appeals to me and then work out how to put my own touch to it.
The front yard was done first. We approached a local landscape designer, Cary L’Estrange, to assist us in the planning stage of the garden. We visited a few gardens and worked out what we did and did not like. Cary then designed the layout. The gardens, watering system, plants and turf all came together in July 2012.
We waited a while before beginning the back yard, so we could get a feel for it and work out how we could utilize the various spaces. This was not easy as the more we grow as people, the more the garden and yard evolve.
Just recently we built a cat run for two reasons – to keep the cats safe whilst outdoors and to prevent them from digging up the plants. This means I am now able to plant bulbs, which in turn means the garden continues to develop.
I have always heard about garden rooms and I have tried to follow this by keeping the dog/work yard separate, having an entertainment area and a smaller intimate area on the deck.
I have a number of small areas around the house and yard to accommodate the ever changing weather. A nice sunny spot for a winter’s morning and a cool corner to escape the summer heat.
Trees were planted along the back fence to provide the autumn colour I love so much and the bulbs that will flower next spring.
Our garden is more about working for and with our lifestyle than just being pretty.

GARDEN 5: KAYE & PADDY MCCUMSTIE at 71 Officers Parade
We moved to this house 35 years ago, after a lifetime living on a property, battling extended droughts. When we brought this home we had no immediate neighbours and part of the appeal was that we could run the horses at the back of the block. After a short time of living here we realised just how much water was being wasted trying to keep the lawn green. The thought of constantly pouring on such a precious resource, purely for aesthetic purposes, went against every fibre of our beings. Basically we live on a sand hill, so the volume of water needed to maintain some semblance of a lawn went against very thing we had been battling in the recent past.
The garden at the time was just a very simple, if not bland garden. Some young trees and a few oyster plants on the corners of the house, and way too much lawn. So we slowly began reducing the lawn area.
Twenty years ago we dug the remaining lawn out and paved the backyard to within an inch of its life. We worked on small areas of garden to soften the effect of the pavers, we also knew that this is where we would spend our retirement and wanted to reduce any trip hazards or not have too big a garden to maintain.
Then the front garden was completed. Keeping in mind that ours is a simple house to look at from the road. The flame tree is the focal point, front and centre of the house, so we used that as a feature to work from when developing the landscape for the front yard.
Ours is not large or grand garden by any stretch, but it is a great example of minimising water use. And in an area such as ours we feel it vital that we keep the use of precious resources to an absolute minimum.

GARDEN 6: LEANNE & JOHN ANDERSON at 34 Rogers Street
For years John & Leanne Anderson would drive to town past a vacant block boasting incredible water views of the Goobang Creek and dream of owning such an oasis. Thirteen years on, not only are the Andersons the proud owners of the block but they have also created a garden that visitors now dream of. With majestic red river gums and sleepy willows curving along the creek, the Andersons have ensured all aspects of the garden complement the tranquil vista.
To achieve this, the garden landscape features several graduating levels, punctuated with rocks, logs and free form garden beds. The garden beds boast host many of Leanne’s favourites, such as crepe myrtles, diosma, lavender, agapanthus, geraniums and roses. Far from being precious about colour and tone, the Andersons garden beds are a riot of reds and pinks, blues and green and everything in between. To balance the undulating borders of the garden beds, the Andersons have created a formal garden, featuring a gravel circular path and a horseshoe of Seduction and Iceburg roses
Jacarandas, Chinese Elm and Manchurian Pear provide the place to cool off from the Condobolin heat, while an ornamental grape covered pergola is the ideal location for long lazy lunches.
The Andersons inherited an established tree line on the western side while a new oleander hedge on the eastern side secludes the garden from the neighbours.
The red gravelly soil is great for drainage, but tough for digging, which means that creating a new garden bed requires ‘man power’. The Andersons are adamant that while they mulch and remain water wise, they prefer not to baby the garden, which has meant some trial and error.
The Anderson’s dream garden is now becoming a popular wedding location. It seems it is not only the Andersons who have fallen love with the block beside the Goobang, but many others wishing to make their dreams come true.

Wildflower Tour of Western Australia with Helen Young

Wildflower Tour of Western Australia with Helen Young

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 Monday September 26, 2016 – Fremantle
On arrival in Perth Airport we will be met by our private coach for a guided city tour of the sights of Perth, including the Governor’s Residence, Parliament House and Perth University. We’ll continue to the historic port city of Fremantle to check into our hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner to meet the other tour members and get to know Helen and your tour manager.

Day 2 Tuesday September 27, 2016 – Geraldton
Today we travel north to Geraldton, our base for three nights. On the way, we’ll visit Gingin to view a beautiful display of wild kangaroo paws, then continue to Nambung National Park, home of the Pinnacles, thousands of limestone pillars rising to three and a half metres. These peculiar geological formations were formed by calcified limestone thousands of years ago. From Cervantes, on the coast, we drive through Lesueur National Park, with over 2,000 species of flowering plants. It is the most wildflower-rich belt in the mid-west and offers flora as spectacular as it is varied. We’ll be on the lookout for smoke bush, black kangaroo paw, scarlet feather flower, scholtzia, cowslip orchids, banksias, blue and red leschenaultia and many more. This evening, those wishing to dine with the group can meet Helen and the tour manager in the lobby.

Day 3 Wednesday September 28, 2016 – Geraldton
We will travel to Mullewa, famous for its spectacular wildflowers, including the colourful wreath flower (leschenaultia macrantha), which grows only in this area. Carpets of everlastings are also a feature of the area along with orange bush pomegranate, bright pink native foxgloves, blue dampiera, fringe lilies and many species of orchids, grevilleas, wattles and banksias. We will take a walk around the area. We will also travel across the Coalseam Range, the site of Western Australia’s first coal mine. It comes alive with everlasting wildflowers after good winter rains. Seams of coal and ancient marine fossils are exposed where the Irwin River has cut through the layers of rock.

Day 4 Thursday September 29, 2016 – Geraldton
Today we take a day trip to the pretty fishing village of Kalbarri, travelling through the Kalbarri National Park, which boasts some 800 species of wildflowers. This area displays red river gorges and vast coastal sea cliffs. The Murchison River has cut a magnificent red and white gorge for eighty kilometres to the Indian Ocean, which includes the Z Bend, The Loop and Nature’s Window. At the Red Bluff Lookout, layers of sandstone form dramatic 100m-high cliffs, which loom over the crashing Indian Ocean.

Day 5 Friday September 30, 2016 – Perth
We travel south to Perth today, stopping to visit New Norcia, which was established as a mission over 150 years ago for Aboriginal people. Today it is a charming town and Benedictine monastic community, reflecting the influence of the early Spanish monks. We will have a tour of the monastery and church, and see the olive grove, established in the 1850s, still producing the community’s famous olive oil. Continuing on to Perth, we travel through Yanchep National Park, where many varieties of wildflowers flourish. We will stay in Perth for three nights. Helen and the tour manager will meet in the lobby those wishing to dine with the group.

Day 6 Saturday October 1, 2016 – Perth
We travel to Kings Park, where we will be able to admire the spectacular views over the city and the Swan River. Kings Park showcases an outstanding collection of West Australian flora. Nearly two-thirds of the park is natural bushland, with the balance superbly cultivated gardens and parkland. We will enjoy a guided tour of the remarkable local flora. The afternoon is free for individual exploration.

Day 7 Sunday October 2, 2016 – Perth
This morning we will visit Patsy Durack’s memorable rose garden. Located in the grounds of Kareela, previously owned by Archbishop Clune, it features more than 1,000 roses, including 300 David Austin roses, Delbard French roses and heritage roses. The perfumes are intoxicating. We’ll then visit Deryn Thorpe’s garden. Deryn is a Travelrite International garden tour guide and one of Perth’s most popular gardening personalities. She will take us on a private tour of the cottage garden designed to complement her 100 yearold federation home. The garden contains roses, including many climbers and heritage roses chosen because they have interesting and titillating stories, which Deryn will expand on during our private tour. The roses are underplanted with a variety of perennials and flowering annuals that thrive despite Perth’s sandy, water-repellent soils. The garden has many fruit trees, a herb garden, succulent garden and small vegetable patch.

Day 8 Monday October 3, 2016 – Albany
Our journey today is to Albany on the shore of the Southern Ocean. We’ll travel the Albany Highway, stopping to examine wildflowers en route to Stirling Range National Park, where we will enjoy stunning scenery and magnificent views. The park is a remarkable botanical reserve noted for its distinctive rugged beauty and wildflowers. Grass trees, pea flowers, leschenaultias, blue smoke bush, scarlet banksia and many orchid varieties are just a few of the wildflowers to be found in this area. We continue on to visit the farm garden of Cathy Wright. Cathy organised and created the Rose Maze, which is our next visit, and her garden is excellent. We will visit the Rose Maze at Kojonup, with time to enjoy the roses, have, lunch or buy locally produced handcrafts. The maze uses more than 100 species of Australianbred roses and weaves together the stories of three women to illustrate the hardship of rural life in the early 20th century. Back in Albany, those wishing to dine together can meet Helen and the tour manager in the hotel lobby.

Day 9 Tuesday October 4, 2016 – Albany
This morning we will have a tour of historic Albany, the site of the first European settlement in Western Australia, with its magnificent views of King George Sound. We’ll also view the impressive granite formations of The Gap and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park. In the afternoon we’ll visit the five acres of display gardens at Banksia Farm, which boasts the world’s only complete collection of banksia species. A banksia expert will talk to us about this most distinctively Australian genus of plants. We return to Albany and the rest of the afternoon will be free for individual activity.

Day 10 Wednesday October 5, 2016 – Pemberton
At Bow Bridge, we’ll visit the garden of Tree Elle Retreat, where we’ll enjoy morning tea hosted by the owner. Privately owned, the retreat has different garden rooms in formal styles, including a vegetable potager. Then we will travel through the Valley of the Giants, where karri and jarrah trees tower majestically over the countryside and red tingle trees can have a base circumference of 16m. We’ll take the tree-top walk, through the canopy of the trees, 40m above the forest floor. Around the area we hope to see orchids, kangaroo paws, bottlebrush, flowering gums, dryandras and cone flowers. We will see the enormous Gloucester Tree, towering 72m above the ground. Used as a fire lookout, it has a cabin built 58m up the tree, accessed by 153 spikes that spiral the trunk. We continue to our hotel in Pemberton. Helen and the tour manager will meet those wishing to dine together.

Day 11 Thursday October 6, 2016 – Margaret River
Today we travel to Augusta and then Cape Leeuwin, where the Southern and Indian oceans meet. We then visit Boranup Forest, the prettiest karri forest in Western Australia. On the journey, we’ll look out for wildflowers, such as orchids, wild clematis, brilliant red coral vine, the karri hazel and wattle, before arriving at Margaret River, where we will stay for two nights.

Day 12 Friday October 7, 2016 – Margaret River
This morning the head gardener will show us around the beautifully designed Secret Garden. This is a very special, privately owned garden that is meticulously kept. In spring it features wisteria, clematis, iris and crabapples. Our special farewell lunch will be at Voyager Estate Winery, in its awardwinning restaurant. Around the Cape Dutch buildings, there are beautiful gardens to enjoy, including a large walled garden and two rose gardens.

Day 13 Saturday October 8, 2016 – Return
Heading back to Perth, we first stop at Busselton to see the largest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, then continue to Bunbury, Western Australia’s second largest city. If we’re lucky we will catch a glimpse of dolphins along the coastline. On arrival at Perth airport, we’ll join our return flights home.

Owl Pen Cottage at Chapel House, Rydal NSW

Chapel House, Rydal

 

The Owl Pen Cottage is a cosy, self-contained cottage in the grounds of Chapel House, a private country estate in Rydal, NSW, Australia.

This historic cottage was originally built in the 1830s as the kitchen for the Queen Victoria Inn (now Chapel House).

Owl Pen Cottage sleeps a maximum of four people, providing a beautiful and romantic retreat for 1 or 2 couples.

There are 2 generous double rooms with queen-sized beds (all linen provided), a fully equipped kitchen, and a cosy loungeroom with a wood-burning fire.

The large bathroom also has a luxurious spa bath.

Come and immerse yourself in history, the quiet of the country and enjoy the magnificent large garden with picturesque lake. The garden features carpets of bulbs and also pretty blossom trees in spring, spreading shade trees and flowering perennials through summer, a blaze of foliage colour in the autumn and the delicate tracery of bare branches in the winter, plus the quiet beauty of occasional snow.

Chapel House garden is open during the spring Daffodils at Rydal Festival (middle two weekends of September). Its large 9 acre cool-climate garden has featured in many magazines including Country Life, Australian Country, Central West Lifestyle, and Burkes Backyard magazine and TV. Our two lakes are home to many resident geese and ducks which you can watch from the pontoon.

 

Rydal
Rydal is a small heritage-listed village with two churches, a hotel and the railway station, but no shops. The nearest shops are in Wallerawang about ten minutes drive away.

Mid September is a special time as many hundreds of people visit Rydal for the annual Daffodil Festival. It’s a springtime delight as Rydal becomes awash with yellow, and many in Rydal open their gardens to visitors.

Rydal is right on top of the Great Dividing Range with an altitude of almost 1,000 metres (about the same as Mount Victoria). Summers in the district can be dry and warm, with the changing seasons of Spring and Autumn, delightful. Winters are often very cold and crisp, an early morning frosts turn everything into a silver-white fairyland.

It is rarely very hot and never humid in Rydal, and cool weather can unexpectedly arrive any time of the year. We frequently have cool nights, and it sometimes snows in Rydal. So, be sure to bring your warm clothes with you.

 

Owl Pen Cottage is only 2 hours drive from Sydney CBD.
Short 20 minute drive to shops and cafés in Lithgow.
Nearby Lake Lyell – Enjoy fishing, swimming and water sports.
Only 45 minutes from Jenolan Caves or the Bathurst Wineries.
Pet friendly (max 2 small dogs) conditions apply.
Set on 200 acres – no fencing for dogs.

For bookings, contact Chapel House

The Jungle Lodge, Mount Tomah NSW

The Jungle Lodge

 

Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens
Bells Line of Road
Mount Tomah NSW 2758

The Jungle Lodge includes:
Bedroom 1 1 x Queen Bed, 1 x Port-a-cot & adjacent bathroom
Bedroom 2 1 x Queen Bed & Ensuite
Bedroom 3 1 x Double Bed, 1 x Single Bed & Ensuite
Bedroom 4 2 x Single Beds & 1 Trundle Bed & adjacent bathroom (share
with bedroom 1)
 After hours access to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
 Sole use of the Jungle Lodge
 Large lounge/dining room/LCD TV/DVD/Stereo System with MP3 docking station.
 Modern kitchen with all appliances including oven, griller, microwave, dishwasher,
fridge, kettle, toaster
 BBQ with gas supplied
 Main bathroom with bath, shower and toilet
 Two ensuite bathrooms with shower and toilet
 Additional separate toilet
 Electric blankets on beds
 Ceiling fans installed in bedrooms
 Iron & ironing board
 BBQ facilities & Outdoor setting overlooking the beautiful Devil’s Wilderness of the
Grose Valley across to the Wollemi National Park
 Slow combustion fire with firewood included
 Basic cleaning products
 Midweek & weekend bookings available
Guests are encouraged to bring all bedding/towels required for their stay (including linen,
pillows and doonas/blankets). Bedding packages are available at a price on application

 

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah features 28 hectares of gardens, including a southern hemisphere woodland, many conifer species, a bog garden, the Brunet Meadow, a Proteaceae collection including waratah and south African protea, remnant rainforest, formal garden and rhododendrons.

Havelock House, Hawke’s Bay

Havelock House, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

 

This elegant colonial style home offers a quiet semi-rural oasis for leisure or business. Designed for relaxation and comfort, enjoy its spacious ensuite rooms, elegant gardens, personalised friendly service, and amazing breakfasts. Havelock North’s finest accommodation awaits you.

Luxurious suites and sitting room
Unwind and relax in one of the three luxurious and spacious king bed and ensuite guestrooms, in their own private guest wing, all enjoying wonderful quiet garden vistas.

Enjoy afternoon tea or a drink on the quiet verandas or by the fireplace in the comfortable guest lounge and browse through the brochures on Hawke’s Bay to plan your next day’s activities.

Snooker or swimming anyone?
The guest lounge is large and comfortable and for the sole use of the guests. A huge games room with full sized snooker table and many books and board games offers a place to relax. Enjoy a game of snooker, get some exercise on the all weather tennis court, or cool off and refresh in summer in the landscaped swimming pool.

Great breakfasts daily
Breakfast at Havelock House is a real highlight of the day and many of our guests return because of it! Breakfast is served in a lovely dining room overlooking the garden or outside on the veranda. The tables are set with crisp white table cloths, linen napkins and fine Wedgwood china. Start each day with a delicious cooked breakfast with eggs, from our own hens, served on individual tables overlooking the gardens.

Relaxing Gardens
The stunning gardens have been described as an oasis with lots of bird song, roses, shady gum and palm trees. With Hawke’s Bay known as “the fruit bowl of New Zealand” of course there are fruit and citrus trees in the 4 acres of garden which you are free to explore. Palm trees surround the swimming pool and there are lots of fragrant roses in the garden.

Location
Havelock House is approximately 4.5 Hours drive from Wellington and 6 hours drive from Auckland and 2.5 hours from Taupo. Havelock House is short 4 minutes drive from Havelock North village, and signed off Middle Road. There is plenty of parking, including for boat trailers.

Hawke’s Bay is a centre for visiting Te Mata Peak, great food – Hawke’s Bay is known as the ‘fruit bowl of New Zealand’ and offers superb dining experiences, lots of wineries, the art-deco city of nearby Napier, craft and food markets, overland safaris to see the gannet nesting grounds at Cape Kidnappers and, of course, loads of outdoor activities like cycling, swimming, walking and golf. And other gardens to visit!

Havelock House
77 Endsleigh Road
Havelock North 4130
Hawke’s Bay 4130. New Zealand

Lanyon Plant Fair, ACT

Lanyon Plant Fair

 

Purchase the best of the best plants directly from the growers, with everything from bulbs to trees, natives to exotics, garden art, sculpture and top quality garden tools. It’s an enticing destination for new and experienced gardeners alike.

The Lanyon Plant Fair is in the beautiful grounds of historic Lanyon Homestead, established in the 1840s. Stroll through the carefully preserved pleasure gardens with their flowing perennial beds, spectacular roses and a vegetable garden containing many heirloom varieties.

Throughout the weekend there will be free talks by garden specialists as well as a free children’s program, garden tours and visitors will also be able to visit the house.

The 2016 Lanyon Plant Fair is presented by a partnership between the Horticultural Society of Canberra Inc.and the ACT Government.

Event Details:
Address: Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa Drive, southern Canberra, ACT
Directions: From Canberra head south along Tuggeranong Parkway/Drakeford Drive. Turn right onto Tharwa Drive, follow signs to Lanyon Homestead on the southern outskirts of Canberra.

Auckland Garden DesignFest

The third Auckland Garden DesignFest will again showcase leading and award-winning garden designers.

Among the highlights in this year’s line-up are three completely different gardens by Robin Shafer – an extensive formal garden in response to a classical Georgian house in St Heliers, a resort-style garden and swimming pool complementing a magnificent new home overlooking the Hauraki Gulf, and an elegant garden designed in response to one of Herne Bay’s most beautiful corner villas.

Another top designer, Trudy Crerar, is also presenting three contrasting gardens – a Moorish garden designed to seduce the senses for a small courtyard in one of Auckland’s most historic streets, a sympathetic garden designed to unravel the best of the original features of a 1930’s deco house in Herne Bay, and unlike any of its neighbours, an established garden full of New Zealand native plants that manages to be thoroughly at home in Parnell.

Bryan McDonald, one of New Zealand’s most experienced designers,came up with an outdoor gallery theme with a structured planting style for a courtyard garden which mirrors and exaggerates the architectural lines of a 90’s townhouse in Remuera.

Trish Bartleet is back with a tropical Balinese-like garden and cleverly designed pool in response to the clients’ hopes of a garden that would complement some remaining palms behind their new architecturally-designed house.

Sue & Colin McLean have two contrasting gardens – an enticing contemporary courtyard in Takapuna on the North Shore and a beautifully sympathetic garden revealing the unspoilt magic of a waterfront property on the edge of Meola Reef in Pt Chevalier.

Multiple world-wide award winning designer Xanthe White has collaborated with the owner of a wonderful house in Mt Eden to create an elegant and playful garden, full of colour and folly, while retaining a generous connection with the neighbourhood.

Jo Hamilton has created a ‘naturalistic journey’ for the owners of a much-loved transitional villa in Herne Bay through the garden via two circular ‘mirror’ lawns balanced by fruitful planting to a new self-contained studio at the back.

Mark Read and Richard Neville of Natural Habitats have transformed a tricky, tight site in Remuera into a magical space with a resort-like atmosphere, where children love to feed the tame eels in the creek running through the back of the property.

Radio and televsion personality Tony Murrell has two contrasting gardens in Remuera – a formal, rose-filled haven much loved by the owners and an empathetic, inviting garden for a totally revamped old villa.

Plant designer, Barbara Garrett, has used all her experience and skill with a garden on the edge of Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill, to enhance the feeling that these iconic Auckland landscapes extend from the property itself.

Nigel Cameron has added his own sculptural features to a garden in Castor Bay on the North Shore to give it a unique personal link to the owners’ love of boats and the property’s magnificent sea view.

In Milford, again on the North shore, Karen Wealleans has worked with the owner over several years to develop an enticing and totally liveable outdoor garden courtyard space, full of an interesting mix of plants.

Murray Reid’s own garden in St Mary’s Bay is a perfect example of a response to downsizing as it preserves all the elements of a traditional backyard but in a smaller plot, with a seamless transition from the indoor to outdoor spaces.

Phillip Millar’s garden in Parnell is a ‘His and Hers’ garden demonstrating how this can be achieved in a small space, with his beloved tropical planting balanced by an abundance of flowers and vegetables in pots for her.

Cedar Park Gardens, Rolleston, NZ

Cedar Park Gardens, Rolleston, NZ

 

Two rooms available

BELLBIRD ROOM

1 – 3 persons, details as below.

 

  • 1 Queen bed.
  • 1 King single bed.
  • En Suite: Shower, Toilet, Basin, Heater, Heated towel rail.
  • Hairdryer provided and razor plug.
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities.
  • TV and Clock radio.
  • Electric blankets.
  • Fan and heater in room.
  • Bath robes supplied.

Bell bird room

 

TUI ROOM

Two single beds 1 – 2 persons.

  • Available for groups or families etc, in conjunction with the Bellbird Room.
  • Host shared bathroom.
  • Fan and heater in room.

Tui Room

 

Other Facilities

  • Indoor/Outdoor living – with outdoor seating and freedom to enjoy the beautiful gardens.
  • Choice of breakfast – Cooked or Continental.
  • Fridge facilities available on request.
  • Laundry facilities available.
  • Children welcome. A small selection of toys and books available.
  • NO smoking or pets please.
  • BBQ available.
  • Wireless internet available

 

Optional Extras

  • Evening dinner with hosts (prior booking required)
  • Packed lunches provided if requested.
  • Small selection of gifts or homemade produce for sale, along with a good selection of plants.

Complimentary drop off and pickup from the Rolleston Railway Station for the Tranz Alpine ScenicTrain.
Complimentary drop off and pickup from the Christchurch International Airport.
Ron Finch
101B Lowes Road, Rolleston
Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone +64-3-3477605
anne@cedarparkgardens.co.nz

Australian Landscape Conference, Melbourne

Australian Landscape Conference 2015 Program

 

Saturday 19 September

Registration
Welcome: Warwick Forge, Conference Director

Opening: Professor Tim Entwisle
Avoiding the Predictable: migration of plants, objects and cultures: Martin Rein-Cano
Designing with Nature: Phillip Johnson
Morning Tea
Places for Dreaming: Xavier Perrot
Rapporteur: Morning speakers with Peter Watts
Lunch
Lessons from the Landscape: inspiration from local materials, artisans and the natural systems: James Basson
Landscape Networks in Bogota, Colombia: Diana Wiesner
Afternoon Tea
Symbiosis: Designing for new uses in historic Mediterranean Landscapes: Thomas Doxiadis
Rapporteur: Afternoon Speakers with Peter Watts
Close of Plenary Session
Barge transfer to Speakers’ Dinner departs Southgate Floating Landing at 5.45pm sharp!
Speakers’ Dinner Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club, Williams Road North, South Yarra

 

Sunday 20 September

21st Century Community Projects: Diana Wiesner
Designing through poverty: creatively changing the cost/benefit of landscape projects: Thomas Doxiadis
Morning Tea
Warner’s Nurseries, Major Sponsor
Generative Planting Design: James Basson
Rapporteur: Morning speakers with Peter Watts
Lunch
Time Spirit and Place: Viesturs Cielens
The Crystalline Garden: Xavier Perrot
Afternoon Tea
Authenticity in Landscape Design: Vorbild + Nachbild (Images and after images): Martin Rein-Cano
Rapporteur: Conference speakers with Peter
Conference closure

 

Garden Tour – Friday 18 Sept 2015

Our tour takes us to the spectacular Dandenong Ranges National Park to visit unique gardens which nestle amongst lush fern gullies and towering mountain ash – tallest hardwoods known to man and endemic to Victoria and Tasmania. Cloudehill, Burnham Beeches and Philip Johnson’s private garden are complemented by outstanding suburban gardens by Andrew Laidlaw and Robert Boyle. Book early as numbers are limited.

(The tour is confined to delegates).

* PHIL JOHNSON’S OLINDA GARDEN This award winning Australian garden nestles into the mountainside, so that garden and natural landscape become one – a perfect bush sanctuary with billabong, boardwalks and bathing outdoors.

* CLOUDEHILL, JEREMY FRANCIS Rated one of the world’s most beautiful gardens, with 25 garden spaces including herbaceous borders, breathtaking bulb meadow, forest glades, rare and endangered species, a new potager and much more. In situ sculpture, Diggers Nursery, restaurant and gift shop on site.

* BURNHAM BEECHES, SHERBROOKE One of Australia’s truly iconic gardens, and a well kept secret. Stroll the magnificent grounds, boasting produce gar­dens, emu enclosure, 500­tree truffiere, and The Piggery Cafe. Take in the majesty of the 1930’s Art Moderne mansion, being resurrected and reimagined under the loving vision of acclaimed chef­restrateur, Shannon Bennett. A rare oppor­tunity to step back to a time of glamour, Empire and romance.

* HAWTHORN GARDEN, ANDREW LAIDLAW A vibrant, plant driven garden combining stylish practical spaces for modern family life. This nurturing retreat with its children’s space responds superbly to its brief for an atypical Hawthorn garden.

* IVANHOE GARDEN, ROBERT BOYLE LANDSCAPE DESIGN Blending formal and informal elements, this beauti­ful garden gently transcends a sloping site via a series of integrated spaces, exuberant planting and meandering pathways to a natural style billabong merging with the Yarra River at its feet.

DATE Fri 18 Sept 2015 TIME 8.15 – ­5.30pm (TBC) INCLUDES Vue de Monde boxed lunch, coach, guide, entry fees and garden notes. Dep/Ret Melbourne Convention Centre COST $165
BOOK Via registration form or website

CONTACT Jenny Wade t: 0409 000 089 or e: jennywade@bigpond.com Bookings subject to availability. Tour may be varied or cancelled if circumstances change. A 75% refund is available for cancellations prior to 1 Sept 2015. No refunds after that date.

 

Post Conference workshops Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September

 

90 minute sessions presented by leading experts on design and horticulture including three by international speakers. They enable interactive discussions and learning experiences and are limited to 30 people.

Workshops are open to non-delegates.

DATE: Monday and Tuesday 21 and 22 Sept 2015

TIME: 8.45am-5pm daily (See Workshop Program below for session times)

VENUE: Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne, Yarra Boulevard, Burnley

COST: $75 per workshop

BOOK: Via registration form or website

CONTACT: jennywade@bigpond.com or 0409 000 089

ALC WORKSHOP PROGRAM: Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd September 2015

James Basson, France – 9am – 10.30am
Creative Design Solutions – Thinking Outside the Box (Monday only)
Challenging Spaces – Dynamic Solutions (Tuesday only)

Amander Flaherty, Light on Landscape – 9am – 10.30am (Monday and Tuesday)
Garden Illumination

Martin Rein-Cano, Athens – 11am – 12.30pm (Monday only)
Streets as Public Spaces: Including the Significance of Trees & Planting Concepts

Scott Leung/Myles Broad, Eckersley Garden Architecture 11am – 12.30pm (Monday and Tuesday)
Draping Architecture with Greenery

Rodger & Gwen Elliot, Australian Plants & Gardens Specialists
11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3pm (Tuesday only)
Habitat Gardens with Australian Plants

Diana Wiesner, Colombia, 1.30pm – 3.00pm (Monday only)
Greening our Cities

Erik van Zuilekom, Fytogreen – 1.30pm – 3.00pm (Monday and Tuesday)
Vertical Garden Design – Practical Considerations for Ecological Planting on the Vertical

Tim Sansom, The Diggers Club – 3.30pm – 5.00pm (Monday and Tuesday)
“What’s Old is New” focusing on heirloom vegetables, annual flowers and perennials for Australian gardens

Robert Boyle, Robert Boyle Landscape Design – 3.30pm – 5.00pm (Monday and Tuesday)
Water in the Australian Landscape

Gardens of the Great Ocean Road

Take a journey along Australia’s Great Ocean Road with ‘garden detours’ along the way, to the Western Districts and Limestone Coast. On the way, explore a spectacular selection of private gardens, historic towns and grand country homesteads, whilst enjoying some of Australia’s most iconic views and landscapes.

Timed for the spring roses, the diversity of the gardens will astound you, ranging from cottage, herb and parterre gardens to rambling historic homestead gardens and Edna Walling-designed heritage landscapes as well as William Guilfoyle influences. Wonderful views abound, including the Otway Ranges and the Twelve Apostles, to the Grampians and Discovery Bay – and in the company of Julie Kinney, Margaret River’s Gourmet Gardener, you can also expect of good food, wine, hospitality and company.

*At the time of brochure printing (January 2015) most, but not all garden visits are confirmed. Private owners in particular; are reluctant to commit more than 2–3 months prior. Therefore, whilst we undertake to operate the tour as published, there may be some changes to the itinerary.

AT A GLANCE…

  • Spectacular views of the rugged coastline and the Iconic Twelve Apostles along the ‘Great Ocean Road’
  • Meet 14 private garden owners as they showcase their gardens and narrate their story
  • Visit the historic homesteads and gardens of Narrapumelap and Yallum Park
  • Exclusive tour of Meningoort Homestead and lunch hosted by fifth generation owners, Beverley and Stewart McArthur, and view sites painted by the artist Eugene von Guerard
  • Indulge in food and wine of the Coonawarra wine region, located on the SA Limestone Coast

ITINERARY

Fri 16 Oct / Melbourne CBD – Apollo Bay

Meet Julie and fellow travellers at the Ian Potter Centre-NGV Australia, Russell Court entrance at 13.00 (Russell Court is an extension of Russell Street at the rear of Federation Square).

This afternoon travel south-east to Apollo Bay along the ‘Great Ocean Road’, regarded as one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. The road was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War 1. The road is the world’s largest war memorial.

Travel the winding road through forested areas, dairy farming countryside and temperate rainforest with stunning coastal views of beaches, rocky cliffs and escarpments (150km 2h).

Enjoy a stop at the picturesque seaside town of Lorne located on Louttit Bay, before continuing to Apollo Bay (50km 1h).

Dinner at an acclaimed local restaurant. (D)

Sat 17 Oct / Apollo Bay

Begin the morning with a visit to the colourful community market of Apollo Bay, located on the foreshore, prior to journeying into the hinterland of the Otway Ranges.

Visit the Otway Herb Farm, a cottage garden and nursery with magnificent views of the valley. Meander through the ornamental garden which comprises of rare and unusual plants collected from around the world, including a variety of culinary herbs from Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean as well as medicinal herbs, insect repellents and fragrant plants.

Continue to the ‘Otway Fly Treetop Walk’ for lunch and treetop walk. A one hour walk (approx. 2km) through cool temperate rainforest, which features a 600m long and 25m high steel structured treetop canopy walkway which takes you right into the treetops, providing a unique and close view of the flora and fauna.

Return to the hotel late afternoon. (B continental in room, L)

Sun 18 Oct / Apollo Bay – Warrnambool

Early start today, travel through the Great Otway National Park to Warrnambool.

Begin with a visit to the iconic Twelve Apostles (named in the 1950’s), the limestone stacks were originally called the ‘Sow and Piglets’, with Mutton Bird Island being the ‘sow’ and the other stacks her ‘piglets’. Today there are only eight pillars remaining and they are forever changing as the waves of the Southern Ocean constantly pound the cliffs.

Continue to Loch Ard Gorge named after the clipper ship Loch Ard, which ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island on 1 June 1878, approaching the end of a three-month journey from England to Melbourne.

After a short stop at the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery, continue to the historic Meningoort Homestead which has been in the McArthur family for 175 years.

Enjoy a lunch and tour hosted by the owners Beverley and Stewart McArthur. Begin with a champagne welcome and introduction to the garden from the verandah, looking down the spectacular drive to Mt Leura and Sugarloaf. After lunch, embark on an exclusive tour and talk about the history and interior of the homestead; walk through the extensive gardens and historic bluestone outbuildings, including working racing stables, coach stables, rabbiter’s cottage and shearing shed.

Meningoort Homestead and the surrounding area was a favourite location of the artist Eugene von Guerard. See sites that he painted.

Continue to Warrnambool, situated on what is known as the Shipwreck Coast, due to the large number of water vessels that ran aground in the 1800s and early 1900s from ferocious weather conditions and the rocky coastline. (B continental in room, L)

Mon 19 Oct / Warrnambool

Today, travel north of Warrnambool to Glenthompson at the foot of the majestic Grampians. Visit the private garden ‘Toora West’, an elegant understated garden, designed to incorporate the majestic backdrop of the open grazing land to the rugged rocky mountains.

A short stop at the booming little town of Dunkeld, situated at the foot of Mount Sturgeon, at the southern tip of the Grampians and the Great Dividing Range.

The second garden ‘Boortkoi’ is a heritage property on the banks of the Hopkins River. The garden was designed by Edna Walling in 1937 and features several distinct areas, including a rose garden, semi-circular stone retaining walls and a natural garden. (BL) 

Tue 20 Oct / Warrnambool

Travel to Mortlake situated at the foot of Mount Shadwell, known for its bluestone buildings, with several fine examples dating back to the 1850s.

Continue to the Stony Point Pastoral Station, one of the main homesteads located in Darlington.

Lunch at the historic homestead of ‘Narrapumelap’, followed by a tour of this impressive Neo-French Gothic Mansion (built in 1873) and wonderful restored gardens.

Dinner at a local restaurant. (BLD)

Wed 21 Oct / Warrnambool – Mt Gambier

Depart Warrnambool for the delightful colonial village of Port Fairy. Partake in a guided walk of the town with maritime and local historians, Martin and Angela Syme. Pass a number of houses and cottages, dating from 1843 (and probably earlier) to current day, and walk down the wide streets with several containing spectacular Norfolk Island Pines as avenue.

Following lunch (own expense) travel to the eastern end of Discovery Bay home to Victoria’s highest coastal cliffs and Cape Nelson lighthouse. Continue via Nelson and thru Discovery Bay coastal park to Mt Gambier (160km / 3h).

Dinner at our hotel. (BD)

Thu 22 Oct / Mt Gambier

Begin this morning with an orientation tour (coach and foot) of Mt Gambier by local guide.

Visit the cave gardens in the middle of town, the Umpherston sink hole, and drive around the Blue Lake which occupies one of the craters of the extinct volcano, after which the city has been named. Walk through the town past Centenary tower, old St Paul’s nun convent and Cobb and Co’s old stables.

Travel to Penola, known as the central location in the life of Mary MacKillop, (now Saint Mary MacKillop, who was canonised on 17 October 2010). Time at leisure for lunch and to self-explore the local sites, such as the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre or the State Heritage sites of Petticoat Lane and the original stone schoolhouse developed in the 1800s.

After lunch (own expense) visit two private gardens. ‘Trevelan’ situated in Monbulla, a beautiful garden approximately 1ha in size, with many traditional exotic plants and trees. Continue with ‘Stordalen Place’, a glorious garden with garden rooms full of roses and perennials and many welded sculptures created by the owner.

Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant followed by the sound and light show at caves garden. (BD)

Fri 23 Oct / Mt Gambier

Today, begin the exploration of gardens and wineries of the famous Coonawarra wine region, situated on South Australia’s Limestone Coast.

First, visit the Camawald Cottage garden, a country garden with exquisite displays of heritage and species roses, spreading exotic trees, dappled shade and a tranquil lake.

Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at St Marys Vineyard. Walk around the extensive gardens, displaying a great blend of colour and texture in plants, wonderful sandstone walls and sculptural features.

After lunch, stop at the Coonawarra Centenary Sculpture Park to view the red gum and limestone sculpture known as the Terra Rossa Tree Wall along with three bronze busts. The first bust is of John Riddoch, the founder of Coonawarra; the second is of David Wynn the revitaliser of Coonawarra; and the third is Bill Redman, the sustainer of Coonawarra.

Return to the hotel via Yallum Park, said to be the best preserved Victorian House in Australia in its original condition. Enjoy a guided tour of the house showcasing the original William Morris wallpapers, stained glass windows, and Italian marble mantle pieces. (BL)

Sat 24 Oct / Mt Gambier

Following a morning at leisure in Mt Gambier, we are hosted by the local garden club and will visit three members’ gardens.

Enjoy a picnic lunch at Sherriffmuir garden, which is often the venue for local weddings.

After lunch, visit the remaining two gardens, McKees Garden and the Caroline Hills Winery

Return to the hotel and celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a farewell dinner.

(B, L picnic, D)

Sun 25 Oct / Depart Mt Gambier

Prior to departure this morning, delight in a tour of ‘The Barn’ gardens, 2ha of lush landscaped gardens and historic ornamental trees, which have been featured in the Australian Open Garden Scheme and in many magazines. Following this, we have just two more gardens to see with lunch in the final one, the tranquil Aberfoyle Garden. Enjoy a light lunch followed by a stroll around the 1ha gardens. A rose collectors dream as well as many varieties of shrubs and a vegetable garden, all staged around spacious lawns.

Depart for Mt Gambier airport arriving at approx. 15.30 for the afternoon flights on REX to Adelaide (arrives 18.20) or Melbourne (arrives 18.15).

Tour arrangements conclude at Adelaide / Melbourne airport. (BL)

Coucals Cottage, Queensland

Coucals Cottage, Queensland

 

This spacious double brick family home set in the hinterland of Brisbane includes:
3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
Fully equipped kitchen
Lounge room, Dining area & Breakfast area
Rumpus Room
Laundry
Car Port and a huge covered verandah
Fully air-conditioned
IDEALLY SITUATED
30 kilometres from Brisbane CBD
40 minutes to Brisbane Airport
1 hour to the Gold Coast & Toowoomba
2 hours to Sunshine Coast
With 2 acres of landscaped gardens plus 2 acres maintained bushland

‘Coucals’ of Mount Crosby is situated 30 km west of Brisbane, Australia in the D’Aquilar ranges.
The 2 acre gardens, have been landscaped using 200 tonnes of Helidon sandstone.  The raised garden beds are flanked by 30 metre Spotted Gums and many other native trees originally situated on the property.
Jim and Jan Flanigan bought the property in 1980 where they built a house and raised 2 children.
In 1998 after a trip to the Butchart Gardens, Jan started to seriously garden, previously growing orchids in bush houses and planting shade trees.
These gardens have been created by Jim and Jan with just the aid of a Bob Cat machine to move some of the larger rocks. Jan designed and worked the gardens with Jim cutting rocks and building the many gazebos and seating areas.

A sloping hillside property with huge gums and views of the D’Aguilar ranges.
A variety of gardens incorporating various themes displaying a wide range of tropical, sub-tropical and temperate planting that is unified by the natural sandstone edging. Visitors can discover these garden areas via meandering paths and steps leading you on a journey of discovery, or quiet contemplation should you wish to sit in one of the many seating areas and just take in the bird calls, perfumes and natural beauty of the bush land setting.

The gardens include:

2 Rose Gardens
Rainforest Walk
Circular Terraces
Conifer Walk
Ponds
Waterlily Lagoon
Bromeliad  & Orchid Garden
Succulent Garden
Gravel Garden
Orchid & Wisteria Courtyard
Palm Border
Gazebos
Seating areas
Olive Grove/Dry slope
100 metre Mixed Border
Waterfall garden
Fairy garden
Vegetable garden
Bulb terrace
Bambooserie

OUR CLIMATIC DETAILS
Brisbane enjoys a Sub-tropical climate with temperatures between 0-20 degrees Celsius in Winter which is May to August.  The rainfall is low during these winter months and our driest time is Spring which begins late AugustThe Summer rains start about October and go through to April.  It is most humid (60%-90%) between December to February.  Temperatures during this time are generally around the low 30 degrees Celsius with a night time temperature around 20 degrees Celsius.

Our autumn (March to May) is just a ‘cooling off’ period with most leaf and bark drop in early spring or during dry times.

NSW Spring Festivals with Sandra Ross

Itinerary

 

DAY 1 Wednesday 23 September 2015
Sydney – Bowral (MT/L/D)
Meet Sandra Ross at Central Station, Sydney. Our first garden is the Georgian treasure Glenmore House, hidden in a beautiful valley just beyond Camden. The garden’s creator, our dear friend Mickey Robertson will show us around, serve us morning tea and lunch outside in the loggia.
It’s hard to leave but we have a field of paper daisies to admire at Mt Annan Botanic Gardens! Afternoon check in to Gibraltar Hotel Country Club and Spa.
There’s a welcome dinner tonight in the hotel.
Accommodation: Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral

DAY 2 Thursday 24 September 2015
Bowral (B/MT)
Elaine Musgrave is a brilliant botanical artist with a beautiful garden. We’ll visit her studio and stroll through the garden this morning.
A grand old garden this afternoon, Retford Park in Bowral, established in 1887 in the English Landscape Style by Samuel Horden. It’s now owned by James Fairfax who has kindly agreed to open the garden for us. In between – it’s Tulip Time, so we pop in to Corbett Park to see the excitement with free time set aside to check out the shops.
Accommodation: Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral

DAY 3 Friday 25 September 2015
Bowral (B/L)
Meet some of the Southern Highlands’ best gardeners and longtime friends of ours today. First is Dominique Wong at Chinoiserie, with glorious long borders bursting with new spring growth. Lunch is included today in Berrima.
Plant lovers paradise, Red Cow Farm is next; one of the finest gardens in Australia, with a sophisticated structure and complex planting. Meet our good friends Ali and Wayne and enjoy afternoon tea in the garden and discover its twenty garden rooms filled with rare and unusual plants.
Accommodation: Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral

DAY 4 Saturday 26 September 2015
Bowral – Canberra (B/D)
Morning tea is served in the pretty tulip garden called Tulip Top in a valley outside Canberra. With a canopy of blossom above and tulips beneath, it’s quite a spectacle.
Now we’re in Canberra to visit Walcott Garden in Red Hill, a fascinating private garden designed for birds and bird-lovers filled with Australian native plants.
Check in to the Crowne Plaza in central city with dinner included tonight in your hotel.
Accommodation:Crowne Plaza, Canberra

DAY 5 Sunday 27 September 2015
Canberra (B/HT)
Wear your walking shoes today as we head to Lake Burley Griffin and Commonwealth Park to experience our nation’s capital annual flagship event, Floriade.
Then it’s back to our hotel to freshen up for High Tea at the art deco Hyatt Hotel where tables are laden with petit fours, scones, macaroons and miniature glasses of chocolate panacotta – sheer heaven!
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza, Canberra

DAY 6 Monday 28 September 2015
Canberra (B/L)
Parliament House is first this morning with a guided tour of its hidden courtyards. These concealed spaces have been carefully designed and planted. We will not miss the Kodak moment beneath huge weeping white Japanese cherry trees in full blossom – the highlight of our day to see such fleeting beauty.
Lunch at the National Gallery of Australia then take a guided tour of one of Australia’s most exciting new horticultural ventures, The National Arboretum, a vision for the future and home to 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. Our guide will take us around the 618 acres.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza, Canberra

DAY 7 Tuesday 29 September 2015
Canberra – Orange (B/L/D)
We follow a golden road this morning, as the canola fields glisten all the way through the Lachlan Valley to Cowra and then on to Orange. We’ll stop for lunch in the Cowra Japanese Garden, designed by the world-famous architect Ken Nakajima, to mark the peaceful ties between Cowra and Japan since WW2 and it’s planted with lots of flowering cherries.
We’ll visit the site of the former POW camp and the cemetery.
From Cowra we’ll head back to Orange and check in to our accommodation. Dinner tonight is included at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: De Russie Suites, Orange

DAY 8 Wednesday 30 September 2015
Orange (B/L)
Learn all about iris this morning at a specialty iris garden and nursery in Millthorpe, the heart and soul of Rainbow Ridge Nursery, Australia’s premier bearded iris nursery where friend Sharon Drinkwater will take us on a guided tour. Lunch is included in the heritage town of Millthorpe that has remained unchanged since 1900’s. The whole village is classified by the National Trust.
Free afternoon in Orange.
Accommodation: De Russie Suites, Orange

DAY 9 Thursday 1 October 2015
Orange – Katoomba (B/L/D)
Mayfield Garden, in Oberon, started modestly enough, but has grown to become an amazing creation garden with a six acre water garden at its heart. We’ll enjoy lunch here, then continue to Katoomba to the heritage-listed, refurbished manor, The Hotel Carrington for the next 3 nights.
Accommodation: Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

DAY 10 Friday 2 October 2015
Katoomba – Mt Wilson – Katoomba (B/L)
Today you’ll fall in love with the timeless beauty, majesty, grace and scale of the cool climate gardens of Mt Wilson today. First is Nooroo with carpets of bluebells, drifts of daffodils and rhododendrons in flower.
Next is Windyridge where you’ll be blown away by the serene treasure-filled garden of our friends Wai and Roger Davidson, even more with the luncheon they have in store for us.
Accommodation: Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

DAY 11 Saturday 3 October 2015
Leura (B/D)
Today we visit a selection of gardens open for the Leura Garden Festival, our farewell dinner will be at the Carrington Hotel.
Accommodation: Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

DAY 12 Sunday 4 October 2015
Katoomba – Sydney (B)
We’ll make a lazy start to the day this morning, soaking up the memories of our 12 days on the road. Head to Sydney.

Sydney Jacaranda Cruises with Graham Ross

Departures on 28 October and 1,4 and 8 November 2015
  • Boarding commences at 1.15pm
  • Cruise departs from Wharf 6, Circular Quay
  • Complimentary tea and coffee, muffins and cookies served on board

Tudor Park Country Stay & Garden, Invercargill

Tudor Park Country Stay & Garden, Invercargill

 

Welcome to Tudor Park Country Stay and Garden, where guests are offered quality accommodation with private facilities in a peaceful garden setting. The property includes two comfortable queen rooms plus a twin room, designed to fit the requirements of any guest.

The garden at Tudor Park makes your visit something special. It is a ‘must see’ by individual gardeners and groups from around the world as well as local ( by arrangement ). Created by Joyce and her late husband John together over the last 17 years, the garden includes many different areas, plantings and features. Around the house are the more structured areas, which give the opportunity to grow special plants that can be viewed and enjoyed from within the house.

The aim has always been to use the site to the best advantage. With this in mind the Long Walk has been developed through the creation of two large pergolas, each of which is eight uprights long, creating a vista down the main axis of the garden and drawing the eye to the open landscape beyond. John marked out the original layout and was dedicated to building the many arbours, bridges, pergolas and seats – all of which define the garden and its many spaces.

The rondel encloses a collection of Old Shrub roses within a hornbeam hedge. A canal leads you to another rondel where a sundial, the first prize from a regional garden competition, is surrounded by a Prunus lusitanica hedge. A large pond, originally used for recreational shooting, has been adapted to accommodate many choice bog and water plants.
There are seats and arbours throughout the garden, offering pleasant resting places along the way to enjoy the birds, plants and peace.

Tastings: Noosa, Queensland with Robin Powell

Itinerary

 

DAY 1
Friday 10 July 2015
Sydney – Noosa (L/D)

We’ll meet at the Virgin Australia terminal at Sydney Domestic Airport for our flight to the Sunshine Coast. Our first stop in sunny Queensland is a strawberry farm. Queensland strawberries are one of the special treats of winter: big, shiny and full of sweet flavor, especially when freshly picked.
Our hotel in Noosa is the newly renovated Sheraton Resort and Spa, the only hotel on Hastings Street and something of a Noosa institution. As part of the hotel’s extensive upgrade, celebrity chef Peter Kuravita took on the role of executive chef at the hotel’s Noosa Beach House restaurant. We’ll have our welcome dinner here.
Accommodation: Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa

 

DAY 2
Saturday 11 July 2015
Queensland Garden Expo (B)

The Queensland Garden Expo is one of the country’s best regional garden shows. We love it because there are heaps of plants, with specialist growers to chat to about everything from gingers to aloes, bamboo to tropical fruit trees. Everyone is really friendly, the show gardens are lovely, and there’s a great line up of guest speakers. We’ll be back in Noosa in time to relax, shop and explore this afternoon.
Accommodation: Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa

 

DAY 3
Sunday 12 July 2015
Maleny (B/L)

Bring a green bag this morning when we check out Noosa’s weekly farmer’s market: you might not be able to take the fresh strawberries and other produce home, but you can souvenir some great vinegars, jams and sweet treats.
We’ll drive through the Blackall Ranges on our way to Maleny, where we’ll have time to explore and shop before lunching at Tamarind. Set in an open pavilion in the garden, this restaurant brings a modern approach and perfect balance to Thai cuisine.
After a leisurely lunch, we’ll take a guided walk through Mary Cairncross Reserve. The rainforest here shows what the Blackall ranges looked like before the timber cutters and dairy farmers arrived. The reserve is home to a remarkable array of native plants and animals.
Then we go organic with a visit to Australia’s best known seed supplier, Green Harvest, which is famous for growing popular and unusual heirloom varieties of herbs and vegetables. We’ll visit their new edible garden.
Accommodation: Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa

 

DAY 4
Monday 13 July 2015
Noosa (B/L)

There’s time this morning to go for a walk in Noosa National Park. A track winds around the headland, offering brilliant views back to Noosa beach. Of course, if you’d rather sleep in, do some shopping or lounge by the pool you can.
Learn about spices and how they grow this morning at Garnisha Spice Garden. We’ll pick and sniff and taste and try to identify the myriad spices growing, which are used by Tim Warren in the curry pastes and chutneys he makes in a little commercial kitchen in the garden. Lunch is at the historic Apollonian Hotel.
Back in Noosaville, there’s a chance to explore the shops of Gympie Terrace before hopping aboard a sunset cruise on the Noosa River.
Accommodation: Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa

 

DAY 5
Tuesday 14 July 2015
Noosa (B/L)

An exclusive screening in the world’s oldest authentic silent movie theatre. But first a gelato tasting; a look around Pomona, a charming old cane town that retains the unique Queensland art deco architecture of the 1930s; and a private lunch of local produce. After the movie we’re off to Kin Kin to meet a native bee expert.
Accommodation: Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa

 

DAY 6
Wednesday 15 July 2014
Eumundi (B/D)

The secret to the success of the Eumundi markets is the motto – we make it, grow it, bake it and sew it. You’ll find things here you won’t find anywhere else in the country. We’ll take our time tasting, chatting and buying, then visit a private garden with inspiring planting. This afternoon we’ll head to Mooloolaba, the coast’s biggest fishing port, where we’ll be treated to a private tasting of some the Sunshine Coast’s best seafood. We’ll meet a crab fisherman and taste some of the incredible seafood that comes into the port of Mooloolooba.
Farewell dinner included tonight in a top local restaurant.
Accommodation: Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa

 

DAY 7
Thursday 16 July 2015
Noosa – Sydney (B)

We’re heading back to Sydney, after breakfast transfer to the airport for a return flight home.

Tastings: Orange NSW with Robin Powell

Itinerary

 

DAY 1
Thursday 23 April 2015
Sydney – Orange (MT/D)

Meet Robin Powell, our Tastings guide, at Sydney coach terminal Eddy Avenue. We’ll head west, with a stop for morning tea at the Norman Lindsay Gallery at Falconbridge in the Blue Mountains. The garden was inspiration for his work and we’ll take a wander before heading to Katoomba for lunch. Our accommodation in Orange is right in town, and we’ll have time to relax before our welcome dinner at the award-winning Lolli Redini. ‘Lolli’s’ as its affectionately called, is a local dining institution, and has scored 13 consecutive Sydney Morning herald chefs hats since it opened for its delicious contemporary Italian and French food.
Accommodation: De Russie Suites, Orange

 

DAY 2
Friday 24 April 2015
Orange (B/L)

We’re investigating the wonder of the apple today, but first we’ll marvel at the tapestries of autumn colour at Cook Park and at one of Orange’s finest private gardens. Then it’s on to Borrodell. Here Borrie Gartrell grows more than 170 varieties of heritage and heirloom eating, cooking and cider apples. We’ll take a walk through the orchard, picking and tasting as we go. Lunch, featuring apples of course, is here at Sisters Rock restaurant, overlooking the colour of the grapevines and cherry orchards. We’ll end the day with a scenic drive to Mt Canobalas.
Accommodation: De Russie Suites, Orange

 

DAY 3
Saturday 25 April 2015
Canowindra (B/L/D)

We’re exploring the red-earthed countryside of Canowindra today. The town unexpectedly became a site of Australia’s prehistoric past when a fossil bed revealed the remains of thousands of fish from 370 million years ago. We’ll discover the region’s more delicious offerings, with a visit to Rosnay, an organic winery and olive and fig orchard. Later we’ll drop in on a country garden with beautiful mature trees, roses, perennials and expansive lawns.
We’ll be back in Orange in time to change, and head off to the charming Rocking Horse Lounge, where we’ll get to sample some of the best wines and produce of the region.
Accommodation: De Russie Suites, Orange

 

DAY 4
Sunday 26 April 2015
Orange (B/L)

Our day starts with a walk around a lovely private country garden laden with roses. Then we head into the charming old town of Millthorpe for lunch at Tonic. The restaurant is in an early 19th century building with high ceilings, and lovely white pressed metal details. Chef Tony Worland makes the local produce sing. After lunch we’ll find out why a hazelnut orchard in autumn is a beautiful place to be and meet one of the country’s hazelnut pioneers.

Accommodation: De Russie Suites, Orange

 

DAY 5
Monday 27 April 2015
Orange – Oberon – Sydney (B/L)

Mayfield garden is one of those extraordinary places where the vision takes your breath away. This is garden making on a vast scale; indeed, this is one of the largest cool climate private gardens in the world. We’ll meet the head gardener Peter Darcy and take a guided tour, then enjoy lunch in the cafe. We’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the spectacle before we drive back down the mountain to Sydney.

hidden Design Festival 2016

hidden Design Festival 2016

 

The second part of hidden 2016 will be a single open day in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney on 30 April 2016.

 

hidden Design Festival, reveals the usually private gardens and outdoor spaces behind the gates, walls, passageways and hedges that showcase some of our leading landscape designers. Most of the gardens have never before been opened to the public and are unlikely to be open again.

hidden 2014 and 2015 were both a sell-out success, with nearly 1000 ticket holders enjoying the wide range of gardens on offer. You can read some of the many testimonials here – from visitors, designers, volunteers and garden owners.

hidden 2016 is also offering a bus tour, for visiting Blue Mountains gardens on 30 April 2016

hidden Design Festival 2016 designers include:

IN SYDNEY 9-10 April 2016

Secret Gardens

Hosking Partnership

Landsberg Garden Design

Quercus Gardens

Adam Robinson Design

Tig Crowley Designs

GOODMANORS Pool + Garden

Seed Garden Design

Anthony Spies Landscapes

 

IN BLUE MOUNTAINS 30 April 2016

Landsberg Garden Design

Michael Bates

Florallegiance

 

hidden charity 2016: YOUTH OFF THE STREETS

Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for disadvantaged young people who may be homeless, drug dependent and/or recovering from abuse. Youth Off The Streets supports these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal trauma such as neglect, physical, psychological and/or emotional abuse.

Plant Fair at Lanyon, ACT

Plant Fair at Lanyon

 

Purchase the best of the best plants directly from the growers, with everything from bulbs to trees, natives to exotics, garden art, sculpture and top quality garden tools. It’s an enticing destination for new and experienced gardeners alike.

The Plant Fair at Lanyon is in the beautiful grounds of historic Lanyon Homestead, established in the 1840s. Stroll through the carefully preserved pleasure gardens with their flowing perennial beds, spectacular roses and a vegetable garden containing many heirloom varieties.

Throughout the weekend there will be free talks by garden specialists as well as a free children’s program, garden tours and visitors will also be able to visit the house.

Event Details:
Address: Tharwa Dve, Tharwa
Directions: From Canberra head south along Tuggeranong Parkway/Drakeford Drive. Turn right onto Tharwa Dve, follow signs to Lanyon Homestead in Tharwa, ACT

Brickendon Colonial Farm Village Cottages

Brickendon Colonial Farm Village Cottages

 

Brickendon Estate offers guests an extraordinary experience of staying on a World Heritage Site in an original convict built cottage.

The Coachmans and Gardeners cottages were built by convict labour during the 1830s and have been restored to offer an authentic colonial experience. Deep old fashioned baths, antique furnishings and private cottage gardens, these cottages are the closest cottages you will find to times gone by but with modern conveniences. Located in the magnificent Heritage Gardens of Brickendon, both cottages offer unique features that will make your visit to Brickendon complete.

Brickendon’s Farm cottages are a wonderful alternative to the colonial cottages. Constructed with recycled materials and traditional building techniques, the three farm cottages ooze personality and invite guests to relax and unwind from their busy lives. With great views over the farm, a short walk to Brickendon’s World Heritage listed convict built Farm Village and a stroll to the river, these cottages provide a real home away from home. Ideal for either couples, families or groups the farm cottages are often visited by a wandering turkey or rooster and it is not uncommon to see a hen with her numerous chickens passing by. The friendly farm animals are close by so come and enjoy life on the farm.

When planning your holiday – it is worthwhile thinking about travelling distances as Brickendon is within one hours drive of most places in Northern Tasmania and only two hours from Hobart and the East Coast. Use us as a base and enjoy coming home at night to your private cosy cottage.

Historic Cottages

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The historic Gardeners Cottage was brought back to life in 1991 and offers guests a private cosy cottage featuring the original open fire, bread oven and recycled convict bricks around a deep old fashioned bath. Enjoy the delights of the quaint cottage garden while sipping a complimentary port on the verandah – you may even be visited by some passing sheep! Sleeps 2. See more

 

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The historic Coachmans Cottage reflects a time of romance and wealth. Being regarded as the top servant, the Coachman’s lodgings were the most extensive and guests now days have many comforts. An open fire to sit in front and sip your complimentary port, antique furnishings, two upstairs and one ground floor bedrooms, a deep old fashioned bath and a delightful private cottage garden to enjoy the sounds of the evening. Sleeps 6. See more

 

Farm accommodation at Brickendon

In our rustic farm cottages you can wake up, look out across the paddocks and enjoy the sounds of our farm animals. What a contrast from city life!

  • 130_3084.JPG1_thumbPea in a Pod Cottage

    Very cute and very compact, Pea in a Pod is perfect for solo travellers or couples. See more

    Sleeps: 2

     

     

  • 130_3088_thumbPumpkin Cottage

    Pumpkin Cottage is our delightful one bedroom Farm Cottage overlooking the lush English style countryside and only a short stroll to the Macquarie River renowned for its excellent trout fishing. See more

    Sleeps: 4

     

  • 115_15751_thumb_1Sweetcorn Cottage

    What a perfect way to enjoy the company of friends or family. Sweetcorn Farm cottage can sleep up to 7 guests in two bedrooms and enjoys fabulous views over the farm. See more

    Sleeps: 7

Brisbane International Garden Show

We are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new gardening event for Queensland.

Brisbane International Garden Show will be held over 4 days at Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine on 8-9-10-11 October 2015.

This event will showcase the unique Queensland gardening style and will bring together landscape gardening displays for both large and smaller gardens, gardening experts delivering talks and workshops and of course dozens of nurseries and gardening products displaying all the best of spring gardening plants and products.

Brisbane International Garden Show will be organised by the same team that organise the very successful and long running Queensland Garden Expo at Nambour in July.

It is our intention to continue to stage the Queensland Garden Expo at Nambour in July in very much the same way as we have done in the past and run a second event that will, whilst having many of the same aims and elements as Queensland Garden Expo, also be a quite different and a stand-alone event.

2015 promises to be a great year for gardeners with two fantastic gardening events. We will keep you updated about both events throughout the year and hope that you can join us.

Queensland Garden Expo

Queensland Garden Expo

 

Nambour Showgrounds, South-East Queensland (one hour drive north of Brisbane)

 

Queensland Garden Expo is a ‘must see’ in 2016 for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike. Held in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Nambour from 8th to 10th July, this three day expo is Queensland’s premier gardening event attracting 35,000 + visitors from all over Australia and New Zealand. Some of Australia’s leading Gardening experts take part in three days of lectures, demonstrations and workshops.

Hear some of Australia’s best known subtropical gardening experts, like Annette McFarlane, Jerry Coleby-Williams, Phil Dudman, Noel Burdette, Arno King and Angus Stewart.

See plants, plants and more plants with over 50 nurseries represented and over 350 exhibitors. There is a full program of free lectures and demonstrations on eight “live” stages every day covering a vast array of gardening topics. Head to the ‘Gardeners and Gourmets’ stage for some great tips on growing your own produce and turning it into delicious gourmet meals. The ‘Giant Kitchen Garden’ features a totally organic food court with a fully planted sustainable garden constructed onsite. Get free help with gardening problems and plant identification from the onsite Plant Clinic and be inspired by the fantastic arrangements in the Floral Design Competition.

Come spend the weekend visiting the Queensland Garden Expo and exploring our naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast region – return home relaxed and inspired!

Date/Time

Friday – 8th July 2016
Gates open 8am
Close 5pm

Saturday – 9th July 2016
Gates open 8am
Close 5pm

Sunday – 10th July 2016
Gates open 8am
Close 4pm

Bondi Beach Eco Garden, Sydney

Bondi Beach Eco Garden, Sydney

 

Nestled in the leafy quiet end of Hall Street, the Eco Garden is right down the street from the local cafe and cultural centre of Bondi. The residence has been renovated with eco-design principles throughout and is divided into 2 separate apartments.

Grab some fresh herbs and vegetables on your way in for dinner or try our delicious eggs from our resident flock of chicken for breakfast. If you are looking for Bondi accommodation or apartments in Bondi and you care about the environment then Bondi Beach Eco Garden is ideal.

Venturing out to Bondi’s buzzing cafes and small bars takes all of a couple of minutes and the beach is only a further 5 minutes away. After the beach grab your racquet and enjoy a game of tennis at the courts backing on to the property, or fire up our BBQ and enjoy a drink on the sun deck which catches the afternoon rays.

It’s tranquility with convenience, and all done with the planet and your well-being in mind.

We have five happy ‘Rhode Island Red’ hens who will charm you with their plumage and plucky nature, not to mention their fresh organic eggs. The front garden features a fish filled pond, ornamental ferns, and an abundant vegetable garden, which you are welcome to forage in for your meals.

All apartments include free high speed wireless internet, regular fresh organic eggs, organic sourdough bread, and access to the seasons produce from the vegetable gardens (crop output dependant!), certified organic linen, eco-friendly body wash, organic milk, fair trade teas and coffee and fresh raw honey from our two bee hives.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Queensland with Libby Cameron

ITINERARY

DAY 1
Thursday 17 September 2015
Home – Toowoomba (L/D)

Meet tour Leader Libby Cameron at Sydney Airport ready for our direct flight to Toowoomba. Our first stop is the beautiful Queens Park downtown, decorated at this time of year with heavenly wisteria arches, delphiniums and paddocks of poppies. The park is the headquarters for the Carnival of Flowers.
Next stop Downs Steam Railway, a heritage railway on the Darling Downs. See the fascinating restored steam locomotive and carriages at the museum. Lunch is included.
Check in to our hotel. Relax before our welcome dinner tonight at Gip’s Restaurant in Clifford House, one of Toowoomba’s beautiful old buildings.
Accommodation: Platinum International Motel, Toowoomba

DAY 2
Friday 18 September 2015
Toowoomba (B/L/D)

A day of exploring the prize-winning private gardens opening for the Carnival. First in Toowoomba then in nearby Highfields where we get into the spirit of rural Queensland life. Lunch and afternoon tea are included here.
Back to Toowoomba for sunset drinks at Laurel Bank Park then dinner tonight at Angelo’s House.
Accommodation: Platinum International Motel, Toowoomba

DAY 3
Saturday 19 September 2015
Toowoomba (B/L/D)

First up this morning is a stroll through tranquil Ju Raku En Japanese Garden. Morning tea will be served in one of the pavilions.
We delve into the legend of Cobb and Co at the Queensland Museum, when four young Americans started a stagecoach company in 1854, like those in the US to service new towns opening up in the goldfields and to transport passengers and mail between Castlemaine and Melbourne. Cobb & Co coaches operated for 70 years in every mainland colony of Australia as well as New Zealand, South Africa and Japan.
Time now to cheer on the floats on the Grand Parade which winds its way through the city to Queens Park. Floral floats, street theatre and carnival characters make this parade a must see event.
Dinner included tonight.
Accommodation: Platinum International Motel, Toowoomba

DAY 4
Sunday 20 September 2015
Toowoomba (B/L/D)

Enjoy a private garden visit this morning then we discover the origin of ‘Dad and Dave’ another historic highlight this morning when we discover and the golden age of radio at Nobby Village.
Visit the memorial of Sister Elizabeth Kenny, who received world recognition for her revolutionary treatment of polio victims in the early to mid-twentieth century.
We’ll have lunch in Rudd’s Pub and admire the memorabilia on the walls of its pioneering past. Visit a country acreage garden and then a wine tasting at Preston Peak Winery.
Farewell Dinner at Weis Restaurant will finish a perfect day.
Accommodation: Platinum International Motel, Toowoomba

DAY 5
Monday 21 September 2015
Toowoomba – Brisbane – Home (B)

Our last day and we’re off to Brisbane to catch our plane home. But first we’ll stop at Laidley Pioneer Village to see the old school, the post office, the old goal, the church and the buggy shed buggy shed and get a picture of rural life in Queensland from the early 1800s. Next stop is lunch at Spicers Hiddenvale, a luxury retreat in the Lockyer Valley just an hour from Brisbane and the airport for our flight home.