Garden Tour

Gardens of Italy: The Italian Lakes, the Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria & Rome

ASA Cultural Tours

When: April 27, 2020 to May 19, 2020

Countries: Italy

Highlights: Join Deryn Thorpe, award-winning print and radio garden journalist, and artist David Henderson on this exquisite tour exploring northern and...

Garden Tour

A Taste of Tasmania: Spring Gardens, Cradle Mountain & Gourmet Delights

ASA Cultural Tours

When: November 16, 2019 to November 26, 2019

Countries: Australia, Tasmania

Highlights: ** Waitlisted - Book NOW for departure in 2020 ** Led by Deryn Thorpe, this tour explores the gardens, agricultural...

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Risqué Royals, Flirtatious Females & Scandalous Sirs

A rose by any other name? Join new ASA Tour Leader Deryn Thorpe for “Risqué Royals, Flirtatious Females & Scandalous Sirs“, an entertaining romp through the pages of garden history! Deryn Thorpe presents an entertaining lecture on how a selection of roses have been named after historical figures. Using historical letters, poetry, diary entries and beautiful […]

Western Australia launches new open garden scheme

GardenDrum

In spring 2016, Western Australia’s brand-new Open Gardens West Coast will launch its first season, opening three Perth gardens.

The Garden of Ninfa – is it worth all the superlatives?

Deryn Thorpe

It was at a meeting of heritage rose lovers that I first heard about Ninfa, a romantic, rambling, Italian garden built in the ruins of a medieval town. I put it on my garden ‘bucket list’ and in May, on a journey from Rome to Sorrento, I got the opportunity to see if the anticipation lived up to the experience.

Garden Guide

Perth and South West Western Australia

Perth and the South West Western Australia are in a world biodiversity hotspot known for its many unique and spectacular native plants, including its renown and colourful kangaroo paws, and Perth is also one of the world’s most remote capitals. The South West provides both an abundance of national parks where you will find stunning spring wildflowers as well as a variety of …

Where to see the world’s best autumn/fall foliage

Deryn Thorpe

Fall colour in North America is even more dramatic than Europe with lots of rich red hues. Many forms of maple, black tupelo, sour wood, sassafras and liquidambar have intense colours.

When your lawn is all at sea

Deryn Thorpe

Growing lawn in coastal gardens can be a struggle due to salty winds and sea spray, but consider the challenges of sustaining a healthy lawn on a ship in the middle of the ocean! I’ve just returned from a cruise and am slightly embarrassed to admit that one of the aspects of ship life I […]

Macquarie Island cabbage at Tasmanian Botanic Gardens

Jennifer Stackhouse

On an already chilly day I made my way into the still colder environment of the Subantarctic Plant House in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) for a glimpse of the native vegetation of Macquarie Island.