Leura Gardens Festival 2018

Think Spring! Think Leura Gardens Festival 2018

 

The Leura Gardens Festival celebrates cold climate gardening. In its 54th year and in an exciting departure from previous festivals, this year’s event will be held for six days over two long weekends in September and October.

 

Diary dates

 

The festival runs on Saturday, September 29  Sunday, September 30,  Monday October 1  AND Friday October 5, Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7. Note there will be no festival from Tuesday October 2 to Thursday October 4.

 

Highlights

 

In addition to beautiful new gardens for visitors to enjoy, there will be a selection of old favourites, all maintaining the high standards of past festivals.

The Upper Blue Mountains in the spring is a feast of new growth. With masses of flowers, gorgeous bulbs and an amazing variety of cold climate plants as well as wonderful deciduous trees that will just be coming into their full glory. As gardens at their very best in spring, the Leura Gardens Festival has always been a magnet for visitors seeking not only to enjoy the beauty that is on show, but also seeking inspiration for their own gardens.

Festival highlights include the daily Music in the Garden performances, the art show featuring works painted in the gardens during the festival, and excellent bargains from the festival’s plant sales centre.

More details of this not-to-be missed event for garden lovers are available at www.leuragardensfestival.com.au .

Australian Landscape Conference Melbourne, 2018

Australian Landscape Conference, Melbourne, 23-27 March 2018

 

Conference 24 and 25 March 2018

Design with Nature: Reconnecting People and Place – an international conference with the world’s finest landscape and garden designers.

The Conference theme shines light on the tangible and intangible benefits of communing with Nature, in contrast to the 2015 conference of ideas. We have invited the diverse panel of leading landscape designers to respond to the conundrum of an increasingly urbanised lifestyle and the inherent human needs of being nurtured by nature.

With varied global practices and cultural influences, speakers will present their individual approaches to reconnecting people and place through meaningful public and private landscape design.

With a much expanded program of international and Australian speakers, Workshops, Garden Tour and other activities, this Conference will be outstanding. There will be twelve presentations by leading international speakers and they are also leading many of the Workshops.

BOOK NOW

 

Garden Tour on Friday 23 March 2018

Features 5 stunning gardens, including designers Phillip Johnson, Michael McCoy, Simon Rickard, Sam Crawford and the famous Garden of St Erth. The tour is always an early sell-out.

 

Workshops and Masterclasses on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March 2018

Enjoy a more intimate atmosphere from which to learn from these experts in landscape design, planting, garden photography and gardening.

Book a workshop with Andrew Laidlaw, Andy Sturgeon, Angus Stewart, Anna Turner, Arno King, Bettina Jaugstetter, Cassian Schmidt, Claire Takacs, Ed Snodgrass, Kate Cullity/Lisa Howard, Mel Ogden, Noel Kingsbury, Sam Cox.

Hurry, limited places!

 

Venues

Conference: Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Victoria, Australia

Workshops: Burnley Campus University of Melbourne

Speakers’ Dinner:  Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

 

‘Eden Unearthed’ at Eden Gardens

Eden Unearthed, Sydney

 

Eden Gardens in Macquarie Park in Sydney is the venue for an exciting exhibition called Eden Unearthed, the largest collection of commissioned temporal artworks in Australia.

Eden Unearthed combines the talents of both established and developing artists to create works that respond to the site specifically, working with the garden to interpret it in a unique and exciting way.

A selection of our many exhibiting artists:

Leon Kluge – an award-winning landscape designer from South Africa/New Zealand, with his work ‘Hidden Truth‘, which explores how the roots that connected us with nature, the environment and a love for the world’s biodiversity are being torn away, exposing man’s lust for material wealth.

Ainslie Murray – with ‘Human Hostilities‘ which looks at the use of bird spikes on buildings as devices that we employ to control the way in which species interact with built forms in architecture and landscape architecture. It addresses the use of bird spikes as an act of ‘kindness’ within an overarching context of hostility, and explores the tensions between these ideas.

 

Emma Mattson, with ‘Moss Balls‘, an installation of a hanging sphere, created by smaller spheres. They will be balls of replicated moss created using thread and yarn.

Pamela Lee Brenner and Johannes Muljana with ‘Fly Away‘, a work similar in appearance to a dandelion seed head, where the “space” within it makes it appear to “float” whilst being invisibly tethered so that it does not blow away.

Leanne Thompson with ‘Sound Line for Compos Mentis‘ which plays with layers of meanings present in the word sound: from water that joins land forms to waves of vibration we can hear. However, the key concept ties an awareness of the intricate connections linking water cycle to functional ecosystem processes.

Margarita Sampson – ‘Homes for Better Living‘, a series of small sculptures extrapolates plant structures into architectural forms, referencing the graphic style of initial notebook sketches.

Veronica Richterova – ‘Cactus‘, a series of sculptures that reuse plastic bottles to creatively reinterpret naturalistic themes that also draw attention to the increasing production of plastic packaging, often unnecessary, all over the world.

 

‘Eden Unearthed’ at Eden Gardens

FREE entry

Open every day 31 August 2017 to 28 February 2018, from 9am to 5pm (excepting public holidays of Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and Australia Day)

Plenty of onsite parking

307 Lane Cove Road
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
Phone: 02 9491 9900
info@edengardens.com.au

For tickets to the special champagne and canapé launch of Eden Unearthed on Thursday 31 August 4.30-7.30pm, click HERE. All tickets $20

Canada Blooms

Canada Blooms – connecting people with nature

 

Canada Blooms in Toronto each March is the largest flower and garden show in Canada.

Garden designers will create gardens to theme of ‘Let’s Go To The Movies’, which will celebrate the grandeur of the silver screen, from the early days of silent classics though to toady’s blockbusters. Film noir, cartoon, thriller, romantic comedy or action drama – Let’s Go To The Movies will showcase gardens for all tastes, filled with rich colour and fragrance.

Previous years’ designers have included Vaughn Landscaping, Greer Design Group, Down2Earth, Melanie Reloka Landscape Design, Jackson Pond, Green Art Landscape Design, Ginkgo Design, Creative Garden Designs, and Bancheri Brothers.

Every day there are lots of inspiring speakers to hear, covering a wide range of topics such as garden design, cooking, birds, garden lighting, solving soil problems, gardening Q&A, growing plants from seed, keeping bees, container gardens, native plant gardening, and many more.

Come along to one of the many wonderful workshops on creating a pollinator garden, creating terrariums, creating a cut flower fairy gardens, or create and Easter centerpiece.

Canada Blooms also has every gardening product you need, with everything from wood ovens, sheds, garden lighting and conservatories to plants, seeds and garden design companies.

The Toronto Flower Show at Canada Blooms has entries from both amateurs and experts in floral art, photography and special horticulture exhibits.

Canada Blooms is open daily at 10am, closing times vary from 6pm to 9pm.
Enercare Center 100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto.

Proceeds from Canada Blooms are used to support community projects that promote horticulture and nurture and enhance our landscapes.

 

See all the fun at Canada Blooms 2017

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

 

Southport Flower Show

Southport Flower Show

 

Victoria Park, Southport, UK

 

Visit beautiful seaside Southport for the biggest independent garden show in the UK, now in its 88th year.

 

Southport Flower Show Display Gardens:

The Southport Flower Show has loads of inspirational display gardens (17 gardens in 2016), featuring from classical design to the latest trends, and designed by local landscape designers and landscape companies.

 

Southport Flower Show Plant Societies

Get all the best expert advice from a wide range of plant societies, including regulars like the Cottage Garden Society, British Fuchsia Society, Alpine Garden Society, National Dahlia Society and the Hardy Plant Society North West Group.

 

Southport Flower Show Garden Roadshow

Hear your favourite local garden experts giving advice and answering questions.

 

Southport Flower Show Amateur Growers

Every year, the Southport Flower Show hosts the biggest Amateur Grower’s Competition in the UK, with entries displayed in our 100m long competition marquee. Enter your best efforts in a wide range of categories, from floral design to baking and preserves. There’s 22 different classes of individual flower and plants to enter, with a central theme announced for each year.

 

Southport Flower Show Grand Floral Marquee

See the best of the North West’s growers showing all the latest varieties in stunning floral displays

 

Southport Flower Show Ladies Day

Each year there is also a special event Ladies Day on the Friday of the show, with an all-inclusive ticket for show entry, lunch and entertainment.

Chatsworth Flower Show

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017

 

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show location

Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The extensive grounds surrounding Chatsworth House were landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and also Joseph Paxton.

Chatsworth House
Bakewell
Derbyshire
DE45 1PP

 

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show dates and times:

Wednesday 6 June 2018 to Saturday 9 June opening times: 10am to 6.30pm

Sunday 10 June opening: 10am to 5pm.

 

Chatsworth Flower Show highlights

The Chatsworth Flower Show will celebrate gardens and garden design, especially new and innovative designers by bringing their ideas to the gardening public.

The show garden category called ‘FreeForm’ will encourage designers to stretch their imagination and create exciting conceptual gardens without conventional design constraints.

There is also a new competition for students and new and emerging designers called ‘Gardening in a Changing World’ which will highlight the new RHS ‘Science Strategy’. Winning designs will be developed as 3D models for display.

The Great Conservatory will recreate Paxton’s Great Conservatory which was in the grounds of Chatsworth from 1840 to its demolition in 1920. Nursery displays inside will feature everything from jungle to Mediterranean, and trees to bonsai.

Unlike most RHS shows, the Chatsworth Flower Show will be spread out around the beautiful Chatsworth grounds, taking advantage of the shape of the landscape and its wonderful views.

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

 

Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL

The first two days of the Chelsea Flower Show are reserved for RHS members so if you’re planning a visit, it’s well-worth joining the RHS to widen your choice of days. And all tickets sell out very quickly! There are also reduced price late-afternoon entry tickets.

 

Chelsea Flower Show’s Show Gardens

See a wondrous selection of around 15 large landscape show gardens designed by the world’s best designers. Chelsea Flower Show regularly features such designers as Andy Sturgeon (Winner 2016 Best in Show), Cleve West, Jo Thomson, James Basson and Diarmuid Gavin.

Many of these gardens are designed to explain or highlight a cause or a charity, from animal welfare to the plight of those stranded in war-torn countries, to habitat lost and environmental degradation, and those suffering from debilitating diseases and coping with long-term disabilities.

From a design point of view Chelsea’s gardens are at the forefront of coming trends, whether it’s a new popular flower or a colour scheme, or greater themes like formal versus informal design, plant shaping and management, mass versus intermingled planting and gardens versus outdoor entertaining areas.

Chelsea’s show garden judging is very plant-centric so you can be sure to see some wonderful and innovative plantscapes using a wide range of ornamental and edible plants.

 

Chelsea Flower Show’s Artisan Garden

Chelsea’s smaller Artisan gardens are smaller display gardens but no less exciting. Popular regulars in this category include renown Japanese designer Kazuyuki Ishihara of the Kazuyuki Design Laboratory but many others are new-comers, looking for their first taste of Chelsea fame.

 

Chelsea Flower Show’s Fresh Gardens

The Fresh Garden category displays what are often conceptual and experimental gardens. It’s a great place to see our next generation of up-and-coming young designers.

 

The Great Pavilion Floral Marquee

Nobody can forget the wonder of first entering this immense marquee, filled with luscious displays of flowers. Every year the UK’s top nurseries vie for the top prizes. See spring bulbs and perennials, clematis, bonsai, elegant specimen trees, cacti and succulents, bromeliads, flowering shrubs, orchids, alpine plants and roses.

 

Garden products

Every year Chelsea features brand new products and art for you to discover for your garden, including furniture, sculpture, pavers, pavilions, garden wear and lots more.

Each year the RHS awards a Chelsea Garden Product of the Year.

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

Malvern Autumn Show

Malvern Autumn Show 2016

 

Open 9am-6pm each day

 

Malvern Autumn Show main attractions

There will be plenty to do and experience for people of all ages at this year’s Malvern Autumn Show
As a show celebrating everything rural, there are plenty of attractions encompassing every type and element of country life and the land based industries.

 

Grow it in the Good Life Pavilion – There are few things more satisfying and rewarding than growing your own fruit and vegetables and you can be inspired by the feature gardens, talks in The Good Life Pavilion, the growing competitions and the produce available at the show. Hear celebrity gardeners, plus see the impressive UK National Giant Vegetable Competition and also a range of flowers that featured at RHS shows for sale.

 

Orchard Pavilion and Hopyard – all the help you need to grow your own fruit, make and brew drinks, plus preserving.

 

Harvest Pavilion – meet all the experts from more than 30 National Plant Societies and hear talks by plant experts on a wide range of topics including growing vegetables, carnivorous plants, succulents and growing tender plants.

 

RHS Flower Show – featuring a huge range of nurseries all vying for the coveted RHS Gold Medal. Includes new exhibitors like Wack’s Wicked Plants. See Reg Moule at The Potting Bench and visit the RHS team for all your gardening questions.

 

Vintage Village – head back in time for a bit of sentimentality and to recapture the past! Go ahead and while away some time in the Vintage Village, harking back to days gone by, with vintage vehicles from steam engines to lawn mowers, ride the vintage carousel, and also take the chance to look at historic skills and industries such as forestry and wood turning. There’s even a 1940s-50s dance hall!

 

Gourmet food and drink – The show’s expansive food and drink areas will tantalise your taste buds. From cheeses to pastries, there will be the best of local and regional produce on offer as well as incredible ingredients that are available to take home from the market. Visit the Westons Cider Garden, There will also be a range of demonstrations from knowledgeable experts and celebrity chefs like Mark Diacono, Tom Kerridge and Seren Evans Charrington.

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

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

 

Each July, the grounds of the historic Tudor-built Hampton Court Palace in East Molesley, Surrey, become a showpiece of the latest in garden design and innovative landscaping.

Over 30 gardens in a range of sizes and categories: show gardens, summer gardens, water gardens and conceptual gardens feature lush planting, new products, and an abundance summer flowers.

Visit the majestic floral pavilion, enjoy a wide range of presentations and workshops, buy garden products and latest plant releases, and indulge your tastebuds at the Market Deli.

Local retailers along nearby Bridge Rd get into the Hampton Court spirit with wonderful garden and window displays.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

 

A show for all the family, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park brings you the best of high summer’s flowers, fabulous display gardens, loads of gardening products, plants and spectacular floral displays in the Floral Marquee.

If you want to see the latest in contemporary and conceptual garden design, you will be wowed with our new Evolution Gardens. Our popular Water Gardens return as does the perfect ideas hub for everyone with a small garden – the Back To Back garden category with its tiny 6m x 4m plots.

In 2017, for all those starting out in the industry, there’s the prestigious RHS Young Designer of the Year Competition, RHS Young Landscaper of the Year, RHS Young Plantsperson of the Year and the RHS Future Florist competition.

 

Other special features include:

•  Blooming Beds

•  Garden Hideaways

•  children’s activities

•  The Vineyard, dedicated to English wine

•  entertainment in the Bandstand

 

RHS Tatton Park Opening times

Thursday-Saturday – 10am to 6,30pm

Sunday – 10am – 5pm

 

 

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’.

 

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.

Portland Fall Home and Garden Show

28th Annual Portland Fall Home & Garden Show®

 

Venue:

Portland Expo Center
2060 N Marine Drive
Portland, Oregon

 

Dates and times:

October 6 – 9, 2016
Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 11am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Box office closes 1 hour prior to show closing.

 

Farwest Portland

Farwest Portland 2017 Trade Show – Be Far From Ordinary

 

The BIGGEST green industry trade event in the US west with over 6000 attendees each year.

Farwest is designed to meet the needs of retailers, growers, plant breeders, landscape professionals , landscape designers, wholesale buyers, arborists, researchers and educators and allied horticultural suppliers.

•  Growers showcase

•  New Varieties Showcase

•  New Products Showcase

•  Seminars, classes and workshops

Plus a wide variety of nursery stock, decor, pots, landscape products, turf, gifts and accessories, soils and soil mixes, fertilizers, irrigation equipment, tools and computer equipment

 

Show hours:

Wednesday August 23: 12 noon to 5pm

Thursday August 24: 10am to 5pm

Friday August 25: 10am to 2pm

 

Venue:

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232

 

Early bird registration until July 31, 2017.

 

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

Leura Gardens Festival 2017

Leura Gardens Festival

 

Think Spring … Think Leura

The 2017 Leura Gardens Festival will be held from Saturday 30 September – Sunday 8 October inclusive.

Gardens are open from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily.

The 2017 Leura Gardens Festival will feature 11 beautiful spring gardens for the price of $25 per person to visit all gardens, or $8 per individual garden. There are two new gardens to the festival, four are returning after a break including visitor favourites The Braes and Ewanrigg, and also on show are many wonderful old favourites which draw visitors back year after year.

The full list of gardens will be available on our website

There is a Festival bus available from Leura Station from 9.30 am until the close of gardens. This follows a set route and stops at all gardens throughout the day. On the two weekends of the Festival (30 September-1-2 October and 7-8 October) which are the busiest times, two buses will be running to ensure our visitors can comfortably access all gardens. These buses will be evenly spread to minimise time delays. The cost of an all day bus ticket is $5 per person during the week days of the Festival and $10 per person during the weekends.

Gardens are open from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily.

 

Festival des Architectures Vives

Festival des Architectures Vives (the Lively Architecture)

 

To face today’s economic mutations and technical, technological and societal changes, it is not enough to adapt – today we must innovate.

 

The Festival des Architectures Vives is an architectural path for the general public, who can discover or rediscover the historical landmarks of the city of Montpellier since 2006 and the city of La Grande Motte since 2013. The event invites visitors to go in contact this rich heritage by offering installations scattered around the city. In Montpellier, it takes place in the historic town and offers a path connecting mansions and courtyards, mostly private, that are usually not visible to visitors.

Then in La Grande Motte, the festival invites the visitor to discover a revisited contemporary architectural heritage, and sometimes rewritten by young architects. Thus, the city of La Grande Motte and specifically the architecture of Jean Balladur, recognized as the “Heritage of the twentieth century” is put into perspective by these ephemeral works.

Each installation created by architects teams allows to highlight the work of a younger generation which is inventing, experimenting and exploring new design of our environment fields. Thus, the festival offers them the opportunity to make a submission through an installation in the heart of the prestigious and remarkable setting offered courses and mansions and to confront qualitative urban spaces open to the great landscape in La Grande Motte. Each one opens a dialogue between heritage and contemporary architecture installations.

Since 2006, the FAV is organized annually by the association Champ Libre, chaired by Jacques Brion and Elodie NOURRIGAT, architects in Montpellier.

The access is completely free and open to all.

 

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.

The Landscape Show, Florida

The Landscape Show, Florida

 

The Landscape Show is one of the USA’s leading landscape and nursery trade shows.

• Dozens of Educational Programs
• Industry CEUs
• Peer-to-peer Exchange
• FNGLA Landscape Award Winners
• Opportunties to Connect
• Learn to Grow Your Business

Held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando:

9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

 

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

spoga+gafa

spoga+gafa

 

spoga+gafa is the world’s leading garden trade fair. From 3rd to 5th September, in Cologne, Germany, over 2,000 exhibitors from around 60 countries will be presenting their innovations for the green oasis to almost 40,000 international trade visitors. Every aspect of gardening and outdoor living, garden equipment, sports & games, camping & leisure, garden creation and care, plants and flowers, biochemistry & soil machines, tools and accessories and much more will be on display.

spoga+gafa is a fair open to trade visitors only. You will need to register and present your trade credentials for admittance. You can register online HERE

Held in the spacious halls of the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany, it’s easy to get there by car, train or air, and book nearby hotels for your stay.

Exhibitors come to spoga+gafa from around the world to exhibit the latest in garden and outdoor living and leisure products.

Opening hours: Sunday and Monday from 9am to 6pm; Tuesday from 9am to 5pm

Special features include:

Boulevard of Ideas

The IVG Garden Party

The Plant Park

 

Koelnmesse GmbH
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln
Germany
Telefon +49 221 821-3998
Telefax +49 221 821-3999

 

 

BBC Gardeners’ World Live

BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017

 

What’s on at BBC Gardener’s World Live in 2017:

Meet the experts:

Alan TitchmarshAlan Titchmarsh was born and brought up on the edge of Ilkley Moor.  He left school at fifteen and became an apprentice gardener in the local nursery, following this with full-time training at horticultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

 

 

carol_kleinCarol Klein is one of the most familiar gardening experts working in the media today, most famous for her role as regular presenter of Gardener’s World. Her natural, down-to-earth approach has made her popular and trusted figure. As well as covering all the wonderful shows from Chelsea and Tatton to Hampton Court, Carol has fronted many series, including Grow Your Own Veg and Open Gardens.

 

joe_swiftJoe Swift is a professional garden designer and co-founder of Modular, a garden design and build brand.. Joe has been a regular presenter on Gardeners’ World for 14 years now. He has also presented Open Gardens, Small Town Gardens and coverage of the RHS Flower Shows at Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park. In 2012 Joe won a Gold Medal for his first Chelsea garden.

 

monty_donMonty Don is a renowned gardening writer and television presenter and one of the UK’s favourite and most respected gardeners.He is a prolific journalist and was the Observer’s gardening editor from 1994 until 2006 and now writes a regular column for the Daily Mail and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. He has written over 20 books including the best selling Fork to Fork, The Jewel Garden (with Sarah Don) and The Complete Gardener.

 

adam frostAdam Frost, seven-time Chelsea gold medallist, started his career building Geoff Hamilton’s gardens for the BBC at Barnsdale. In 2013, he helped set up the Homebase Garden Academy and in 2014 became an RHS Ambassador to raise the profile of horticulture and encourage secondary schools to embrace gardening. Recently, he wrote and published his own book ‘Real Gardens’ which tells the journey of his award winning Chelsea gardens.

 

BBC Gardeners’ World Theatre: a packed schedule of live and entertaining talks from top gardeners and well known experts from Gardeners’ World TV programme and popular gardening experts. Reserve your seats for just £2 in addition to show entry tickets.

Show Gardens: A central focus of the show, these gardens reflect current trends and design ideas covering a diverse range of themes. Displaying excellence in horticulture and design, Show Gardens provide theatre and inspiration and are always a firm visitor favourite.

New for 2017 is the Beautiful Border Competition showcasing designs, ideas, plants and creative features.

 

Floral Marquee: BBC Gardeners’ World Live is proud to host one of the largest floral marquees in the country. A haven of colour and scent, the RHS Floral Marquee is the ultimate destination for all gardeners and plant lovers. From orchids to lilies, dianthus to alliums, it is a spectacular sight packed with award winning nurseries and displays.
Rose Festival with experts, displays and hundreds of varieties on sale.
VegTrug Stage – demos and expert advice for growing edibles at home

Gardeners’ Interview Stage – see al your favourite gardening experts in conversation with Jim Buttress

 

Gardeners’ Zones: Grow&Eat, Essentials, Wildlife, Know-how, Life&Style, Marketplace

 

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

Redbrow Garden and Guesthouse, Murrumbateman

Redbrow Garden and Guesthouse, Murrumbateman

 

Located 20 minutes drive from north Canberra, and close to many acclaimed wineries and gourmet restaurants, Redbrow Garden is an ideal retreat for discerning Australian and international visitors to the Canberra region.

Our every aim is to ensure your comfort and enjoyment while you share the delights of Redbrow Garden and the local area with us.

Redbrow Garden is a 20 minute drive through scenic farmland to Australia’s national icons including the National Museum, Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery. It can also simply be the place for you to relax, rejuvenate and unwind. Take an early morning bushwalk to hear the songsters of the Australian bush, pick in season berries and fruit from the extensive garden or float silently amongst the reeds on the nearby lagoon. Lounge lazily with a good book in a garden nook, or converse with the farm’s inquisitive alpacas, Pedro and Amigo, or the dozen “Redbrow Girls” who provide your eggs each day.

We have four spacious, individual lakeside ensuite rooms. Designated by one of the common bird species in the garden and tastefully decorated with views of the garden’s thriving wetland habitat, all rooms have a large en suite with double showers and toiletries and are air conditioned/heated.

A room bar fridge is stocked with complimentary drinks. There is also a separate guest lounge with a TV, fridge, crockery, cutlery, microwave, electric frypan, electric wok and rice cooker.

The 3 bedroom self contained self contained Guesthouse is privately attached to the main homestead and has:

  • 2 bedrooms each with 2 single beds
  • A Master bedroom with a king bed, space for additional beds if needed in adjoining room
  • Large lounge area with enclosed fireplace
  • New fully equipped kitchen
  • Bathroom (2 additional toilets available nearby)
  • Parking at the rear entrance of the guesthouse.

Plentiful breakfast provisions are included in your tariff and include a selection of cereals, fruit, fruit juice, fresh eggs from the “Redbrow Girls”, bacon and sausages, teas, coffee and milo, a bread selection and condiments (including home made jams) plus a freshly baked item daily.

The Boomerangs at Johanna

The Boomerangs at Johanna

 

The Boomerangs at Johanna is Great Ocean Road luxury accommodation which is quintessentially Australian. Three award winning boomerang shaped cottages, each with 2 bedrooms, offer guests a truly memorable experience. Set within three acres of magical, landscaped gardens they provide guests with sensational, forest, valley and ocean views. Very quiet and very private. Architecturally designed, the cottages blend with the natural surroundings. Birdlife is prolific and privacy is assured. There is nothing like this in the rest of Australia.

This is an accommodation experience a little out of the ordinary. Come down and put your feet up and take in the spectacular views. Do nothing, go for walks on the beach, visit some of our local attractions, have a BBQ, dine out at a local restaurant or have a massage in the comfort of your own cottage. Free Wifi is available so you can stay in touch if need be. We recommend a stay of at least 2 nights. Anything less will disappoint. The Boomerangs is wheelchair accessible accommodation.

Located in the Great Otway National Park and midway along the Great Ocean Road on the Great Ocean Walk, The Boomerangs at Johanna are perfectly positioned to enable customers to take full advantage of all that the Otways and the Great Ocean Road have to offer. The Great Ocean Walk weaves its way along this rugged and beautiful Victorian coastline in Australia for 91 spectacular kilometres. Base yourself at The Boomerangs to explore sections or all of this incredible walk. Recover each evening in luxury accommodation and ready yourself for the following day’s activity.

Temperate rainforests and waterfalls, exquisite walks, deserted beaches, the 12 Apostles, the Otway Fly and the Cape Otway Lightstation are all just a short drive away. At home in the cottages – let nature reveal herself to you! Of course, natural attractions are not all that’s on offer down here. There are some great towns nearby which have some fantastic cafes and restaurants and shops of all description. Lavers Hill, which is just a few minutes away has numerous cafes where you can get a great cooked breakfast and superb coffee.

RHS Flower Show Cardiff

RHS Flower Show Cardiff

 

The early-season show at Cardiff gives exhibitors the opportunity to show off the beauty of spring flowers set against majestic trees and contrasting hard landscaping within Bute Park.

RHS Cardiff is a great family day out, with plenty of activities to keep kids and parents happy. There’s a family section offering all kinds of activities to get your hands dirty – from seed sowing and tree climbing to craft activities and story-telling.

And for budding gardeners needing some inspiration for their own little plots, RHS Cardiff has the renowned Schools Wheelbarrow Competition, which involved about 60 local schools, as well as the Young School Gardener of the Year Competition.

 

Adding to the fun, family atmosphere, the show features live bands, entertainers and plenty of places to eat and drink.

Bute Park, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, CF10 3EA

 

Show times

Friday & Saturday10am – 5.30pm

Sunday *10am – 4.30pm

* (plant sell-off 4pm)

RHS Malvern Spring Show

RHS Malvern Spring Show

 

Held at the the Three Counties Showground, in Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW, the Malvern Spring Show features:

Inspirational Show Gardens – created by top designers including RHS Gold Medal Winners

Unique Festival Gardens – encouraging & inspiring new gardeners

Malvern Floral Marquee – a sea of colour & scents including RHS Gold Medal standard nurseries

Get Going, Get Growing – first time gardener workshops

Talks from Top Gardening Experts

Exclusive Shopping – unusual plants, delicious food & decorative home effects

Delicious Food & Drink – a complete taste experience headlined by top chefs

Philadelphia Flower Show

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in March. It is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show, attracting more than 260,000 people annually. The Show features large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations.

Visitors to the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show are treated to fabulous design, live entertainment, culinary demonstrations, gardening how-to workshops, and lectures by experts. Show week begins with an exclusive black-tie Preview Party and After Party, one of Philadelphia’s premier events.

Proceeds from the Show support PHS, particularly the City Harvest program, which feeds more than 1,200 families each week during the growing season.

Dates & Times

The 2017 Flower Show opens on Saturday, March 11 and will close on Sunday, March 19.

Show Hours

Friday, March 10 (PHS Members’ Preview) 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 11 (PHS Members’ Preview) 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, March 11 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 12 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Mon. – Fri., March 13-17 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 18 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 19 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location

Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Garden Tour of Italy & France with Helen Young

ITINERARY

Day 1 Monday May 25, 2015 Depart
We start our holiday with a flight to Milan.

Day 2 Tuesday May 26, 2015 Como
We drive north to Como, on the shore of Lake Como, where we stay for four nights. We will be joined by the group that travelled on the pre-tour to the Chelsea Flower Show and Winchester.

Day 3 Wednesday May 27, 2015 Como
This morning we take the picturesque road around the shore of Lake Como to Bellagio, nominated as one of the most beautiful villages in the world. We will have time to explore the town before Helen guides us on a visit to the gardens of Villa Melzi. The semi-classical villa stands on the shores of the lake, among gardens studded with majestic trees and ancient statues. We return to Como for an afternoon free to relax, shop in Como or take a ferry ride on Lake Como to view the spectacular scenery and fabulous lakeside villas. This evening we will have an included dinner, so group members can get to know each other.

Day 4 Thursday May 28, 2015 Como
Today we visit Lake Maggiore, heading to the beautiful town of Stresa from where we take a private boat across to Isola Bella, the most spectacular of the Borromean Islands. The magnificent villa is surrounded by one of the most dramatic 17th-century gardens in Italy, with 10 terraces rising like a ship’s prow in the reflecting waters of the lake. Masses of roses and perfumed plants set among superb statues and fountains make this a garden to remember. We visit the nearby island, Isola Madre, so very different, with its lush sub-tropical planting of ornamental trees and shrubs, in a parkland style of the early 19th century.

Day 5 Friday May 29, 2015 Como
A scenic trip along the west shore of Lake Como brings us to the picturesque village of Tremezzo and Villa Carlotta. This elegant 18th-century villa has its own landing place on Lake Como and beautiful views over the lake. It was given as a wedding present to Carlotta, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen, who, with her husband, created the landscaped gardens and began the botanical collection. Around the house, an 18th-century formal layout has lemon arbours on the terraces, tall camellia hedges and flower beds to suit the architecture. This afternoon, we visit Villa Balbeinello, one of the jewels of the lake, located on a small promontory and accessed by boat. Steep steps lead from the landing to an avenue of candelabra-pruned plane trees and the loggia, garlanded with creeping fig. The villa perches high above Lake Como and is filled with an astounding personal collection of furniture, rare reverseglass paintings, ancient artefacts, Flemish tapestries and more. This evening the tour manager will meet in the lobby those wishing to dine with the group.

Day 6 Saturday May 30, 2015 Venice
Today we head towards Venice, the fabled La Serenissima. On the journey we will visit the Pojega gardens of Villa Rizzardi, a masterpiece of Italian design. A memorable feature is the green amphitheatre, the largest in Italy. After lunch in Verona, the setting for Romeo and Juliet, we visit Giardino Giusti. This is one of the most famous renaissance gardens in Italy, its terraces ascending the hill, and an oasis of peace and calm. The elaborate geometric parterres, maze, statues, fountains, avenue of cypresses and grotto are superbly maintained. A final climb leads to the belvedere for a panoramic view over Verona. We continue to the Veneto area, before transferring to our hotel in Venice by motor launch.

Day 7 Sunday May 31, 2015 Venice
This morning’s sightseeing tour of Venice with a local guide will introduce you to this fabled city. We visit the iconic Piazza San Marco and its grand basilica; see the Grand Canal, the Doge’s Palace and learn about Venice’s history and culture. The rest of the day will be free for independent exploration, perhaps experience a gondola ride or get a bird’s eye view of Venice from one of the bell towers, or just wander the entrancing maze of streets and canals, window-shopping and people-watching. The tour manager will meet in the lobby those wishing to dine with the group this evening, or you may like to take in a concert.

Day 8 Monday June 1, 2015 Venice
A day spent exploring some of the beautiful hidden gardens of Venice. We meet our guides, members of the Venice Garden Club, who will provide entry to some very special and beautiful private gardens.

Day 9 Tuesday June 2, 2015 Venice
This morning we catch a vaporetto to enjoy a silver-service morning tea and visit the gardens of the exclusive Hotel Cipriani on the island of Guidecca. The hotel is noted for its beautiful gardens and superb views over the lagoon to the Doge’s Palace, as well as its exclusive clientele. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure.

Day 10 Wednesday June 3, 2015 Paris
This morning we fly to Paris. In the afternoon we visit the Chateau de Bagatelle on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne. In addition to the noted rose garden with its fragrant and colourful collections of shrub and climbing roses, there are rose trial beds, as well as a waterlily pool, grotto, potager and iris and peony gardens. Those wishing to dine together can meet in the lobby, where the tour manager will suggest good value restaurants for dinner.

Day 11 Thursday June 4, 2015 Paris
This morning we visit the Musee de l’Orangerie to view Monet’s extraordinary cycle of waterlily paintings known as the Nympheas, which were the main focus of Monet’s artistic production during his last thirty years. They depict his waterlily pond at Giverney, which we will visit while on the river cruise. We will then visit the green wall at the Musee de Quai Branley, designed by Patrick Blanc. We return to our hotel for an afternoon free for individual exploration. In the evening we will attend the famous Moulin Rouge show with dinner included. This fantastic show is a stunning mix of glamour and traditional Parisian style.

Day 12 Friday June 5, 2015 Paris
Today we travel west of Paris to visit Chateau de Versailles, the extraordinary palace set in the grand formal garden designed for Louis XIV. In the grounds of Versailles, we visit the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon with its romantic landscape of meandering paths, streams, rustic bridges and lake. We then visit Le Hameau, featuring rustic thatched cottages grouped around a lake surrounded by woodland. One thatched cottage has a potager of tomatoes, French beans and poppies. Helen will ensure we make the most of the romantic grounds before we return to Paris in the late afternoon.

Day 13 Saturday June 6, 2015 Paris
This morning will be free for individual activity, before we are transferred to the five-star Swiss Sapphire and shown to our well-equipped cabins. Accommodating just 118 guests, this luxury riverboat boasts sumptuous bedding and unlimited complimentary beverages including regional wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks, as well as entertainments, fitness centre and complimentary internet. The rest of the day is free to explore the ship or go ashore to explore Paris.

Day 14 Sunday June 7, 2015 Seine Cruise
Today we will enjoy the scenery of Normandy as we meander along the Seine, seeing quiet villages and rural life slip by, part of the magic of the riverscape.

Day 15 Monday June 8, 2015 Seine Cruise
This morning we awake in Rouen, the capital of Lower Normandy, ready to enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide. We visit the Old Town with its narrow streets, many lined with medieval timber-framed houses. We visit the Cathedral Notre-Dame built in the 13th century, one of the finest achievements of the French gothic period, and Place du Vieux-Marche, where Joan of Arc, aged only nineteen, was burned at the stake. We return to the ship for lunch and to continue our cruise along the Seine.

Day 16 Tuesday June 9, 2015 Seine Cruise
This morning we disembark for visits to two wonderful gardens. We travel to visit Le Clos du Coudray, winner of the third prize for the “Best Park in France 2006”. Covering 20,000 square metres, it has a stream winding through a series of themed gardens, including a rose garden, potager and a shady garden with fabulous hostas and a national collection of epimediums. In the afternoon, the group will visit the wonderful Jardin Plume owned by Sylvie and Patrick Quibel. This garden has been named France’s best modern garden, and is one of Helen’s favourites. The Quibels have been able to combine classical formality with natural planting. Splashes of bright flowers float amid the greens of the summer garden. The potager is crowded with fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Day 17 Wednesday June 10, 2015 Seine Cruise
Our journey this morning takes us for a visit to Les Jardins de Castillon, winner of the Garden of the Year in 2009, awarded by the Association of Garden Journalists. It is a stunning garden, largely designed by Colette and Hubert Sainte-Beuve. It offers an exuberance of colour and texture with herbaceous borders, clematis and strewn arbours complementing the planting and clever terracing. We return to the ship for lunch and to enjoy the enchanting scenery as we sail along the river.

Day 18 Thursday June 11, 2015 Seine Cruise
Awakening this morning, we find the ship has moored at delightful Vernon to allow a visit to Claude Monet’s house and beautiful garden at nearby Giverny. This garden, with its ponds and waterlilies and its Japanese bridge, appears in many of the artist’s paintings. Another section of the garden has a more formal layout, featuring espaliered apples and pears and abundant plantings of roses, perennials and annuals in colour themes. It has been magnificently restored and gives a vivid impression of Monet’s inspiration. Helen will make sure that we get the most out of this garden.

Day 19 Friday June 12, 2015 Paris
This morning we arrive back in Paris. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide, including Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries and a drive along the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe. This afternoon is free to explore Paris individually. This evening is the Captain’s Dinner, which features specialities of the regions through which we have travelled. We say goodbye to the friends we have made on the ship.

Day 20 Saturday June 13, 2015 Departure
We disembark the ship this morning and we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Australia.

Day 21 Sunday June 14, 2015 Australia
We arrive in Australia this evening and tour arrangements conclude.

 

PRE-TOUR to London for the Chelsea Flower Show and great gardens of southern England

Day 1 Tuesday May 19, 2015 Departure
We depart Australia on our flight to London Heathrow.

Day 2 Wednesday May 20, 2015 London
On arrival we travel to our well-located hotel by private coach. After time to freshen up, we meet our London Blue Badge guide for a tour of the main sights of exciting London, such as Buckingham Palace, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, The Strand, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. The afternoon and evening will be free for you to relax or enjoy London’s many attractions as you choose. The tour manager will meet in the lobby those wishing to dine with the group, to go to a nearby restaurant for dinner.

Day 3 Thursday May 21, 2015 London
The highlight of our time in London will be our visit to the famous Chelsea Flower Show. Chelsea is the main event in the English horticultural calendar and boasts amazing displays of the world’s best flowers and plants, dozens of show gardens created by leading designers, and everything to do with the garden. Helen will ensure that you get the most from this wonderful show. We return to our hotel early afternoon, with an optional drop-off at Harrods for those who would like to visit this iconic store. Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner to get to know members of the tour and Helen Young.

Day 4 Friday May 22, 2015 London
Today we visit Capel Manor Gardens, with 30 acres and more than 60 gardens and landscapes to explore, surrounding a Georgian manor house. It contains some previous gold-medal winning show gardens from Chelsea. We continue our day with a visit Mr and Mrs Raworth’s garden in West London. This is a true collectors’ garden, with some rare and unusual plants. Among its many features are impressive hedges of privet, yew and hornbeam, which enclose various rooms, a formal knot garden and a sunken Mediterranean garden, full of interesting small plants. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group or you might like to catch one of the many splendid London shows.

Day 5 Saturday May 23, 2015 Winchester
This morning we visit the renowned garden at Sissinghurst Castle, created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold Nicolson. This romantic garden is one of the outstanding gardens of the world. Helen will make sure that you get the most out of this inspiring garden. We continue to Winchester. The remainder of the day will be free for individual activity. You may wish to visit Winchester Cathedral, begun in 1097 as a Benedictine Monastery. Jane Austen’s grave is in the cathedral.

Day 6 Sunday May 24, 2015 Winchester
We travel to nearby Heale Gardens. It is an idyllic garden with mature yew hedges, much of it designed by Harold Peto. You will see the red bridge which straddles a tributary of the Avon River and the thatched tea house brought from Japan. We continue to West Green House Garden designed by the Australian gardener, Marilyn Abbott. We will enjoy a light lunch prior to viewing the garden. A series of delightful walled gardens surround the 18thcentury West Green House. In the outstanding potager, Marilyn mixes edibles and ornamentals, with chards and leeks beside tulips and fritillaries.

Day 7 Monday 25 May, 2015 Winchester
We travel west today, first visiting Longstock Park Water Garden. The seven acres of this superb water garden, created by John Spedan Lewis in 1948, are fed by the River Test. This creates islands connected by narrow bridges and causeways and features gunnera, swamp cypress, royal fern and giant waterlilies. We continue our garden visiting at the Manor House. This is the most authentic Gertrude Jekyll garden in existence, with every plant laid out as prescribed by her original plans. The garden will be at its peak at the time of our visit. Helen will take the group on a tour of delightful Manor House to explain Jekyll’s visionary design and her use of reds, yellows, greys and blues.

Day 8 Tuesday 26 May, 2015 Como
This morning we travel to the airport for our flight to Milan. On arrival in Milan we will meet other members of our group, joining the main tour to travel to Como

Garden Tour of Italy & France with Helen Young

ITINERARY

Day 1 Monday May 25, 2015 Depart
We start our holiday with a flight to Milan.

Day 2 Tuesday May 26, 2015 Como
We drive north to Como, on the shore of Lake Como, where we stay for four nights. We will be joined by the group that travelled on the pre-tour to the Chelsea Flower Show and Winchester.

Day 3 Wednesday May 27, 2015 Como
This morning we take the picturesque road around the shore of Lake Como to Bellagio, nominated as one of the most beautiful villages in the world. We will have time to explore the town before Helen guides us on a visit to the gardens of Villa Melzi. The semi-classical villa stands on the shores of the lake, among gardens studded with majestic trees and ancient statues. We return to Como for an afternoon free to relax, shop in Como or take a ferry ride on Lake Como to view the spectacular scenery and fabulous lakeside villas. This evening we will have an included dinner, so group members can get to know each other.

Day 4 Thursday May 28, 2015 Como
Today we visit Lake Maggiore, heading to the beautiful town of Stresa from where we take a private boat across to Isola Bella, the most spectacular of the Borromean Islands. The magnificent villa is surrounded by one of the most dramatic 17th-century gardens in Italy, with 10 terraces rising like a ship’s prow in the reflecting waters of the lake. Masses of roses and perfumed plants set among superb statues and fountains make this a garden to remember. We visit the nearby island, Isola Madre, so very different, with its lush sub-tropical planting of ornamental trees and shrubs, in a parkland style of the early 19th century.

Day 5 Friday May 29, 2015 Como
A scenic trip along the west shore of Lake Como brings us to the picturesque village of Tremezzo and Villa Carlotta. This elegant 18th-century villa has its own landing place on Lake Como and beautiful views over the lake. It was given as a wedding present to Carlotta, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen, who, with her husband, created the landscaped gardens and began the botanical collection. Around the house, an 18th-century formal layout has lemon arbours on the terraces, tall camellia hedges and flower beds to suit the architecture. This afternoon, we visit Villa Balbeinello, one of the jewels of the lake, located on a small promontory and accessed by boat. Steep steps lead from the landing to an avenue of candelabra-pruned plane trees and the loggia, garlanded with creeping fig. The villa perches high above Lake Como and is filled with an astounding personal collection of furniture, rare reverseglass paintings, ancient artefacts, Flemish tapestries and more. This evening the tour manager will meet in the lobby those wishing to dine with the group.

Day 6 Saturday May 30, 2015 Venice
Today we head towards Venice, the fabled La Serenissima. On the journey we will visit the Pojega gardens of Villa Rizzardi, a masterpiece of Italian design. A memorable feature is the green amphitheatre, the largest in Italy. After lunch in Verona, the setting for Romeo and Juliet, we visit Giardino Giusti. This is one of the most famous renaissance gardens in Italy, its terraces ascending the hill, and an oasis of peace and calm. The elaborate geometric parterres, maze, statues, fountains, avenue of cypresses and grotto are superbly maintained. A final climb leads to the belvedere for a panoramic view over Verona. We continue to the Veneto area, before transferring to our hotel in Venice by motor launch.

Day 7 Sunday May 31, 2015 Venice
This morning’s sightseeing tour of Venice with a local guide will introduce you to this fabled city. We visit the iconic Piazza San Marco and its grand basilica; see the Grand Canal, the Doge’s Palace and learn about Venice’s history and culture. The rest of the day will be free for independent exploration, perhaps experience a gondola ride or get a bird’s eye view of Venice from one of the bell towers, or just wander the entrancing maze of streets and canals, window-shopping and people-watching. The tour manager will meet in the lobby those wishing to dine with the group this evening, or you may like to take in a concert.

Day 8 Monday June 1, 2015 Venice
A day spent exploring some of the beautiful hidden gardens of Venice. We meet our guides, members of the Venice Garden Club, who will provide entry to some very special and beautiful private gardens.

Day 9 Tuesday June 2, 2015 Venice
This morning we catch a vaporetto to enjoy a silver-service morning tea and visit the gardens of the exclusive Hotel Cipriani on the island of Guidecca. The hotel is noted for its beautiful gardens and superb views over the lagoon to the Doge’s Palace, as well as its exclusive clientele. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure.

Day 10 Wednesday June 3, 2015 Paris
This morning we fly to Paris. In the afternoon we visit the Chateau de Bagatelle on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne. In addition to the noted rose garden with its fragrant and colourful collections of shrub and climbing roses, there are rose trial beds, as well as a waterlily pool, grotto, potager and iris and peony gardens. Those wishing to dine together can meet in the lobby, where the tour manager will suggest good value restaurants for dinner.

Day 11 Thursday June 4, 2015 Paris
This morning we visit the Musee de l’Orangerie to view Monet’s extraordinary cycle of waterlily paintings known as the Nympheas, which were the main focus of Monet’s artistic production during his last thirty years. They depict his waterlily pond at Giverney, which we will visit while on the river cruise. We will then visit the green wall at the Musee de Quai Branley, designed by Patrick Blanc. We return to our hotel for an afternoon free for individual exploration. In the evening we will attend the famous Moulin Rouge show with dinner included. This fantastic show is a stunning mix of glamour and traditional Parisian style.

Day 12 Friday June 5, 2015 Paris
Today we travel west of Paris to visit Chateau de Versailles, the extraordinary palace set in the grand formal garden designed for Louis XIV. In the grounds of Versailles, we visit the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon with its romantic landscape of meandering paths, streams, rustic bridges and lake. We then visit Le Hameau, featuring rustic thatched cottages grouped around a lake surrounded by woodland. One thatched cottage has a potager of tomatoes, French beans and poppies. Helen will ensure we make the most of the romantic grounds before we return to Paris in the late afternoon.

Day 13 Saturday June 6, 2015 Paris
This morning will be free for individual activity, before we are transferred to the five-star Swiss Sapphire and shown to our well-equipped cabins. Accommodating just 118 guests, this luxury riverboat boasts sumptuous bedding and unlimited complimentary beverages including regional wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks, as well as entertainments, fitness centre and complimentary internet. The rest of the day is free to explore the ship or go ashore to explore Paris.

Day 14 Sunday June 7, 2015 Seine Cruise
Today we will enjoy the scenery of Normandy as we meander along the Seine, seeing quiet villages and rural life slip by, part of the magic of the riverscape.

Day 15 Monday June 8, 2015 Seine Cruise
This morning we awake in Rouen, the capital of Lower Normandy, ready to enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide. We visit the Old Town with its narrow streets, many lined with medieval timber-framed houses. We visit the Cathedral Notre-Dame built in the 13th century, one of the finest achievements of the French gothic period, and Place du Vieux-Marche, where Joan of Arc, aged only nineteen, was burned at the stake. We return to the ship for lunch and to continue our cruise along the Seine.

Day 16 Tuesday June 9, 2015 Seine Cruise
This morning we disembark for visits to two wonderful gardens. We travel to visit Le Clos du Coudray, winner of the third prize for the “Best Park in France 2006”. Covering 20,000 square metres, it has a stream winding through a series of themed gardens, including a rose garden, potager and a shady garden with fabulous hostas and a national collection of epimediums. In the afternoon, the group will visit the wonderful Jardin Plume owned by Sylvie and Patrick Quibel. This garden has been named France’s best modern garden, and is one of Helen’s favourites. The Quibels have been able to combine classical formality with natural planting. Splashes of bright flowers float amid the greens of the summer garden. The potager is crowded with fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Day 17 Wednesday June 10, 2015 Seine Cruise
Our journey this morning takes us for a visit to Les Jardins de Castillon, winner of the Garden of the Year in 2009, awarded by the Association of Garden Journalists. It is a stunning garden, largely designed by Colette and Hubert Sainte-Beuve. It offers an exuberance of colour and texture with herbaceous borders, clematis and strewn arbours complementing the planting and clever terracing. We return to the ship for lunch and to enjoy the enchanting scenery as we sail along the river.

Day 18 Thursday June 11, 2015 Seine Cruise
Awakening this morning, we find the ship has moored at delightful Vernon to allow a visit to Claude Monet’s house and beautiful garden at nearby Giverny. This garden, with its ponds and waterlilies and its Japanese bridge, appears in many of the artist’s paintings. Another section of the garden has a more formal layout, featuring espaliered apples and pears and abundant plantings of roses, perennials and annuals in colour themes. It has been magnificently restored and gives a vivid impression of Monet’s inspiration. Helen will make sure that we get the most out of this garden.

Day 19 Friday June 12, 2015 Paris
This morning we arrive back in Paris. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide, including Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries and a drive along the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe. This afternoon is free to explore Paris individually. This evening is the Captain’s Dinner, which features specialities of the regions through which we have travelled. We say goodbye to the friends we have made on the ship.

Day 20 Saturday June 13, 2015 Departure
We disembark the ship this morning and we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Australia.

Day 21 Sunday June 14, 2015 Australia
We arrive in Australia this evening and tour arrangements conclude.

 

PRE-TOUR to London for the Chelsea Flower Show and great gardens of southern England

Day 1 Tuesday May 19, 2015 Departure
We depart Australia on our flight to London Heathrow.

Day 2 Wednesday May 20, 2015 London
On arrival we travel to our well-located hotel by private coach. After time to freshen up, we meet our London Blue Badge guide for a tour of the main sights of exciting London, such as Buckingham Palace, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, The Strand, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. The afternoon and evening will be free for you to relax or enjoy London’s many attractions as you choose. The tour manager will meet in the lobby those wishing to dine with the group, to go to a nearby restaurant for dinner.

Day 3 Thursday May 21, 2015 London
The highlight of our time in London will be our visit to the famous Chelsea Flower Show. Chelsea is the main event in the English horticultural calendar and boasts amazing displays of the world’s best flowers and plants, dozens of show gardens created by leading designers, and everything to do with the garden. Helen will ensure that you get the most from this wonderful show. We return to our hotel early afternoon, with an optional drop-off at Harrods for those who would like to visit this iconic store. Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner to get to know members of the tour and Helen Young.

Day 4 Friday May 22, 2015 London
Today we visit Capel Manor Gardens, with 30 acres and more than 60 gardens and landscapes to explore, surrounding a Georgian manor house. It contains some previous gold-medal winning show gardens from Chelsea. We continue our day with a visit Mr and Mrs Raworth’s garden in West London. This is a true collectors’ garden, with some rare and unusual plants. Among its many features are impressive hedges of privet, yew and hornbeam, which enclose various rooms, a formal knot garden and a sunken Mediterranean garden, full of interesting small plants. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group or you might like to catch one of the many splendid London shows.

Day 5 Saturday May 23, 2015 Winchester
This morning we visit the renowned garden at Sissinghurst Castle, created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold Nicolson. This romantic garden is one of the outstanding gardens of the world. Helen will make sure that you get the most out of this inspiring garden. We continue to Winchester. The remainder of the day will be free for individual activity. You may wish to visit Winchester Cathedral, begun in 1097 as a Benedictine Monastery. Jane Austen’s grave is in the cathedral.

Day 6 Sunday May 24, 2015 Winchester
We travel to nearby Heale Gardens. It is an idyllic garden with mature yew hedges, much of it designed by Harold Peto. You will see the red bridge which straddles a tributary of the Avon River and the thatched tea house brought from Japan. We continue to West Green House Garden designed by the Australian gardener, Marilyn Abbott. We will enjoy a light lunch prior to viewing the garden. A series of delightful walled gardens surround the 18thcentury West Green House. In the outstanding potager, Marilyn mixes edibles and ornamentals, with chards and leeks beside tulips and fritillaries.

Day 7 Monday 25 May, 2015 Winchester
We travel west today, first visiting Longstock Park Water Garden. The seven acres of this superb water garden, created by John Spedan Lewis in 1948, are fed by the River Test. This creates islands connected by narrow bridges and causeways and features gunnera, swamp cypress, royal fern and giant waterlilies. We continue our garden visiting at the Manor House. This is the most authentic Gertrude Jekyll garden in existence, with every plant laid out as prescribed by her original plans. The garden will be at its peak at the time of our visit. Helen will take the group on a tour of delightful Manor House to explain Jekyll’s visionary design and her use of reds, yellows, greys and blues.

Day 8 Tuesday 26 May, 2015 Como
This morning we travel to the airport for our flight to Milan. On arrival in Milan we will meet other members of our group, joining the main tour to travel to Como

Griffith Festival of Gardens NSW

Griffith is the place to be in October this year with the Festival of Gardens and Citrus Sculptures being the major attractions. This year we have nine fabulous gardens opening that will provide an amazing experience for serious gardeners and novices alike. Some of our previous favourite gardens are opening again and some spectacular new gardens will also be on display. Expansive country gardens and compact town gardens displaying the owner’s passion and creativity will provide enjoyable visits in restful and colourful surroundings.

The Citrus Sculptures will once again be sponsored by the Real Juice Company and will line the entrance to Griffith along Banna Avenue. In 2014 there will be more than 60 incredible sculptures, including a castle, gondola and kangaroo just to name a few. These sculptures are unique to Griffith and must be seen to be believed.

Additional attractions this year include the Paella by the Sculptures on Friday 17 October and the Italian Table with special guest Tino Carnevale at Pioneer Park Museum on Saturday 18 October. Tino will be visiting many gardens during the festival, his enthusiasm and gardening expertise will ensure any garden visit will be a pleasant experience.

These new attractions will provide opportunities for visitors to enjoy 2014 Griffith Festival of Gardens and its varied attractions……food, wine, galleries, museum, shopping and parks. Griffith is definitely the city to visit. Come join us! Pat Cox, Chair Festival of Gardens Committee.

 

Garden Tours by Bus Friday 17, Saturday 18, Sunday 19 & Monday 20 – The bus departs the Visitor Information Centre at 9am & returns at 4:30pm. The tour includes garden visits & lunch. Morning & Afternoon tea are available at your own expense. Friday: Gardens 3,4,5,9 Saturday: Gardens 1,2,6,7,8 Sunday: Gardens 3,4,5,9 Monday: Gardens 1,2,6,7,8 Cost: $55 | Time: 9am – 4:30pm Bookings essential: 1800 681 141

 

Garden 1: Cass & Wayne: 10 Blumer Avenue, Griffith

Our 15 year old suburban garden is highly structured, very colourful and well loved. The front uses 90m of high and low hedges to divide the garden into distinct rooms, each of which offers its own character and privacy. The back is equally structured, but even more colourful, with a superb use of space. Our 240 roses, which despite being a feature, are only a small part of the overall effect of colour and style. We offer a wonderful example of what can be achieved right in the centre of town. Supporting: Various charities | F, SA, SU | Friday 17 at 1.30pm join Tino for a Question & Answer session.

 

Garden 2: June Devery: 39 Curtin Street, Griffith

This garden is a passion for June who has lovingly built it from scratch and filled it with a delightful array of perennials, succulents, trees, shrubs, roses, irises, ground covers, azaleas, camellias and hibiscus! Visitors are able to wander through the garden via meandering paths where they will be amazed at some of the different and exotic plants that June has been able to establish in her garden. Supporting: Country Hope | F, SA, SU | Attractions: Plants for sale. Friday 17 at 11am come and meet Tino, take a photo with him and have your program signed.

 

Garden 3: Rina & Santo Mercuri: Cnr Violi Drv & Candice Place, Lake Wyangan

Tranquility and peacefulness are the essence of this 11⁄2 acre garden. A stunning garden with its luscious plantings of roses, trees and shrubs has been designed with style and simplicity. Perennials, annuals and groundcovers fill terraced areas. There are many beautiful areas where you can just sit and enjoy the peacefulness. The covered promenade and wood fired pizza oven are always the envy of many visitors. Supporting: Griffith Pony Club | F, SA, SU | | Attractions: Toblac Sculptural Metal. Saturday 18 at 3pm join Tino for a workshop on composting. Friday 17 & Saturday 18 Happy Scrapper activities throughout the day. Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 Starfish Florist workshop | Bookings essential: Call Vanessa on 6964 2765

 

Garden 4: Julie & Patrick McMahon: 4 Elizabeth Drive, Lake Wyangan

This is a unique garden predominately filled with Australian natives, and a minimal amount of lawn. Flowering gums and bottle brushes surround the block and are a major attraction for birds and wildlife. Meandering gravel paths lead you around the garden where you will find quirky garden ornaments in unusual places! They have even created a dry creek bed, filled with river stones, and crossed by a weathered wooden bridge. Come and see Dry Stone Walling and Gabion Basket workshop during the weekend. You’ll be inspired! Supporting: Local Charities | F, SA, SU, M | Attractions: Handmade sculptures. Sunday 19 at 2.30pm join Tino for a walk and talk tour on growing and caring for natives.

 

Garden 5: Joy & Bruno Plos: ‘Belle Amour Garden’ 5 Maegraith Place, Lake Wyangan

This award winning garden is surrounded by a peaceful bushland setting. Over some 25 years Joy & Bruno have created a tranquil garden full of irises, perennials, heritage shrubs, trees and roses, including David Austins which cascade over arbours and arches leading to a sunken rose garden. Exotic hybrid clematis entwine over garden structures built by Bruno, admire the gazebo which contains hand painted porcelain and fine bone china (on display and for sale). Enjoy the delightful vegie garden which features Bruno’s espaliered fruit trees. This truly is a garden for all seasons and is at its most desirable in spring! Supporting: Griffith Social Dancers | F, SA, SU, M | Attractions: Plant sales. Saturday 18 at 10am join Tino’s talk about how to espalier fruit trees (at the vegie patch).

 

Garden 6: Marj & Mick Careri: ‘Rosewood Park on Stokes’ 2355A Stokes Road, Hanwood

The garden is surrounded by a vineyard, in the distance is a picturesque barn door and rustic bike along with a wall covered in the beautiful Lorraine Lee climbing rose. Beyond this is a water feature built with an idealic gazebo and jetty. There is an abundance of blooms in this park like garden with over 800 roses – all growing over arbours, arches, in beds and borders – they are truly captivating! Other features include a dovecote over a pond, bird aviary, tropical garden and children’s swings. Supporting: Binya Public School P&C | F, SA, SU, M | | Note: Wheelchair access available Friday 17 at 3.30pm join Tino for walk & talk tour on growing & maintaining roses. Attractions: Saturday 12pm Tuckerbox Auction & 2pm Lance Parker Poetry. Sunday 12pm Griffith North PS Choir, 12.30pm Workshop with Children’s Author Caroline Tuohey & 2pm Poetry.

 

Garden 7: Tori Horder & Lawrence Salvestrin: ‘Davit Farm’ Cashmere Road, Widgelli

This large country garden is surrounded by mature trees which create summer shade and an exciting tapestry of greens. Visitors are able to stroll from one garden room to another in this tranquil setting. Enjoy all the delights of this garden including formal lily pond, small lake with water iris & rambling roses, a Monet Bridge, species rose garden, a white trunked forest and many areas of dry stone walls. Tori is always adding new features to this ever changing garden. This elegant country garden invites you to sit and enjoy the vistas, serenity and space. Supporting: Griffith Riding for the Disabled | F, SA, SU, M | Sunday 19 at 10am join Tino for walk and talk tour on how to create garden rooms and garden features.

 

Garden 8: Pat Jones: ‘Yambiana’, 69 Halse Road, Yenda

Glimpses of the Mirrool Creek can be seen through the native box and saltbush as visitors travel down the driveway to the Yambiana garden. On approach to the garden, visitors are welcomed by a long hedge of oleanders to their right, and a forest of gums to their left, set off by a feature pond and dry stone wall. Through the formal gates are long established native trees complemented by mature deciduous trees, silk trees, crepe myrtles, massed roses, banks of chinese jasmine, geisha girls and gardenias. Irises and agapanthus add a sculptural touch to the garden and its expansive lawns. The original tank stand and windmill remain as features of the garden, which is also home to peacocks and pets. Supporting: The Anglican Church (Yenda) | F, SA, SU | Attractions: Local jojoba products on display & for sale. Catering on site by Sugarmill Patisserie. Sunday 19 at 12pm join Tino for talk on how to love your lawn and garden edging ideas.

 

Garden 9: Julie & Bruce Armstrong: ‘Corynnia Station’, Carrathool

An expansive outback homestead garden where design, style and simplicity are of paramount importance. Very little garden existed when Julie and Bruce moved to Corynnia in 1982. Cool, soft colours are favoured in mass plantings of rambling, hardy species of perennials, roses and succulents. Robust hedging creates structure & formality to areas. The orchard & vegetable garden within are highly productive. Designed for and nurtured in a harsh environment on the edge of the Hay Plains, this garden is often described by visitors as ‘an oasis in the desert’! Supporting: Hay Can Assist | F | SA, SU | Attractions: Corrugated iron sculpture by Kim Gibbs and paintings by Julie Armstrong. Saturday 18 at 12.30pm join Tino for a talk on garden design, how to achieve balance and create harmony throughout your garden.

Garden Tour of France & England with Deryn Thorpe

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Tuesday May 5, 2015 Departure
Our holiday begins with a flight to Paris.

DAY 2 Wednesday May 6, 2015 Paris
This morning we arrive in Paris. After time to freshen up we enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide of the romantic city of Paris. Highlights include the Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Tuileries and a drive along the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe. In the afternoon we visit the Chateau de Bagatelle on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne. In addition to the noted rose garden with its climbing roses, there is a water lily pool, grotto, potager and iris garden. Those wishing to dine together can meet in the lobby where the Tour Manager will suggest good value restaurants for dinner.

DAY 3 Thursday May 7, 2015 Paris
We start today with a morning visit to Claude Monet’s famous house and beautiful garden at Giverny. This garden, with its ponds and water lilies and its Japanese bridge, appears in many of the artist’s paintings. Another section of the garden has a more formal layout, featuring espaliered apples and pears and abundant plantings of roses, irises, spring bulbs, poppies and more. It has been magnificently restored and gives a vivid impression of Monet’s inspiration. Deryn has experienced this garden in different seasons and will make sure that we get the most out of this garden. We return to Paris for an afternoon free for individual exploration. This evening we will have an included dinner, so group members can get to know each other.

DAY 4 Friday May 8, 2015 Paris
Today we travel west of Paris to visit Château de Versailles, the extraordinary palace set in the grand formal garden designed for Louis XIV. In the grounds of Versailles, we visit the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon with its romantic landscape of meandering paths, streams, rustic bridges and lake. We then visit Le Hameau, featuring rustic thatched cottages grouped around a lake surrounded by woodland. One thatched cottage has a potager of tomatoes, French beans and poppies edged in box hedges and filled with pelargoniums. This is one of Deryn’s favourite gardens and she will ensure we make the most of the romantic grounds before we return to Paris in the late afternoon.

DAY 5 Saturday May 9, 2015 Paris
This morning will be free for individual activity. In the afternoon we will visit the gorgeous rose garden – Roseraie de l’Hay-les-Roses. There are 1.7 hectares, beautifully laid out in a pattern of beds, walks, arbor’s and ornamental trellis-work. There are roses that were grown by Empress Josephine, wild roses and a collection showing the evolution of the garden rose. Deryn will share some of her titillating tales of the Empress, her tempestuous life with Napoleon and her passion for roses.

DAY 6 Sunday May 10, 2015 Blois
After breakfast, we travel to Blois, stopping along the way to visit Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. Deryn will lead us around this Baroque garden, which was the first great work by Andre Le Notre, who went on to design Versaille’s gardens. Organised on a central axis, the gardens stretch for 3kms with elaborate parterres, ornate fountains, ponds, topiaries and statues. We continue our journey south to Blois, rich in history, and once the fife of the Counts of Blois. The Chateau de Blois, located in the town centre, was the principal royal residence until King Henry IV moved the court to Paris in 1598. The attractive, hilly, partially pedestrian quarter is enclosed by the chateau, cathedral and river.

DAY 7 Monday May 11, 2015 Blois
The morning is free for you to explore the charms of Blois. The afternoon’s treat is a visit to Chateau de Chenonceau, spanning the River Cher, which reflects its unique beauty. Two large formal gardens and extensive woodland surround this fairytale chateau. Known as the Ladies Castle, its design and charm are a result of six important women throughout its history. Two large formal gardens and extensive woodland surround this fairytale chateau.

DAY 8 Tuesday May 12, 2015 Blois
Today we travel through the Loire valley to visit the Festival des Jardins de Chaumont sur Loire. Jean Jennifer Pigeat established the festival in 1992 with the aim of introducing the public to imaginative and innovative new design. The thirty show gardens are in leaf shaped enclosures, hedged by beech or hornbeam. In the afternoon we visit the fabulous 16th-century Chateau Villandry, representing the highest standards of garden design and landscaping. The gorgeous formal garden has been terraced into three levels, displaying hedges and motifs of box, fine yew topiaries and flowers in season. The lowest level is the potager, which elevates vegetable growing to a fine art. Deryn will discuss vegetable growing in Australia and suggest ways of incorporating home grown produce in small spaces. We will return to Blois for an evening at leisure.

DAY 9 Wednesday May 13, 2015 Perigueux
Today we travel through the beautiful rolling French countryside to the Dordogne region. We will stay in Perigueux for three nights. This well preserved market town was established by the ancient Gauls and conquered by the Romans. The Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum is highly regarded. The Tour Manager will recommend a good restaurant to soak up a little of the atmosphere of this historic town.

DAY 10 Thursday May 14, 2015 Perigueux
We travel to Sarlat la Caneda for a guided walking tour of its narrow medieval streets. Gothic and Renaissance buildings add to the ambience of this fascinating town, which grew up around the Benedictine abbey founded in the middle of the 9th century. Sarlat reached its peak during the 13th and 14th centuries. There are houses full of charm all over the town, many with attractive courtyards and the town often hosts interesting fairs and has regular markets. We will see Maison de la Boetie, one of the finest houses and Renaissance buildings of 1525. We return to Perigueux for a free afternoon for individual activity.

DAY 11 Friday May 15, 2015 Periguex
This morning we will travel east to visit the Manoir d’Eyrignac. The manor house dates from the 17th century and the elaborate formal garden, dates from the 18th century. The garden was comprehensively recreated in the 1960s with elaborate topiary and hedging frames and a sequence of rooms and passages that lead to the house. Near the house, is a stylized parterre a la Francaise with sweeping curves of clipped box and soaring Italian cypresses. In the afternoon we visit Les Jardins de Cadiot, described as an English garden with Mediterranean plants and many roses. The garden has many wonderful perennial borders planted with mainly white, purple and blue plants in beautiful combinations. Gardens are wooded by the masses of roses, clematis, delphiniums, peonies and bulbs. The group will enjoy an included dinner this evening.

DAY 12 Saturday May 16, 2015 Avignon
Today we travel south through the gorgeous French countryside to the attractive historic city of Avignon.

DAY 13 Sunday May 17, 2015 Avignon
A sightseeing tour of Avignon, with a local guide provides us with an introduction to this beautiful encircled medieval walled city with romantic narrow streets. We will see the Palace of the Popes, which was the seat of the Popes from 1309 until 1377 and the Place de l’Horloge, an attractive square shaded by plane trees which contains a theatre and Town Hall. This afternoon is free to explore Avignon.

DAY 14 Monday May 18, 2015 Avignon
This morning we travel to visit L’Alchimiste, which has successfully blended the contemporary with classical design. The garden has been divided into three distinct spaces using ancient plants and modern materials. The plants have wonderful stories associated with them, many originating from Provencal custom and have a pagan bent. We continue to visit Pont du Gard, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The aqueduct is part of a system, which brought spring water from a catchment area near Uzes to Nimes: it was built in the first century AD and in spite of its two thousand years, is in good condition.

DAY 15 Tuesday May 19, 2015 Avignon
This morning we visit Jardin de la Noria for a guided tour. Jardin de la Noria is a private garden designed by noted French designers, Arnaud Maurieres and Eric Ossart. The owners, Mr and Mrs Deparis, commissioned them to transform a hectare of level orchard in the grounds of their farmhouse, called Mas de Licon. The remains of an old noria, or water wheel determined the hub of the new garden which was influenced by the spirit of Islamic paradise gardens. The garden has an oasis-like quality with lush plantings, scented flowers, pools and rills. This is a garden that encourages visitors to wander slowly and sit to enjoy the sculptures and surrender to the delights of the sound of the water, the perfume and colour of the garden. In the afternoon, we visit the Bambouseraie, a unique bamboo forest. The garden was started by Eugene Mazel in the middle of the 19th century. He spent so much on the watering systems for the garden that he died a ruined man. There is a surprisingly wide varie ty of bamboo with their coloured stems – glaucous green, emerald, yellow and black are among the interesting species. The Tour Manager will suggest restaurants for the evening meal.

D0AY 16 Wednesday May 20, 2015 London
Today we travel to Marseilles to board a flight for London where we will spend three nights. On arrival at Heathrow Airport, we will be met by a first-class coach and transferred to our city hotel. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or shopping. The Tour Manager will suggest restaurants for dinner.

DAY 17 Thursday May 21, 2015 London
The highlight of our time in London is our escorted visit with Deryn Thorpe to the famous Chelsea Flower Show. It is the summer event in the English horticultural calendar and boasts about twenty amazing landscaped gardens built by prominent landscapers and more than five hundred displays featuring the best flowers, plants and trees and many new introductions. For gardeners, it is the experience of a lifetime and a highlight of our garden tour. As we depart Chelsea we meet our London blue badge guide for a comprehensive tour of the main sights of exciting London. We will see Buckingham Palace, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, The Strand, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. We will have a farewell dinner this evening to say goodbye to our new friends.

DAY 18 Friday May 22, 2015 London
This morning we visit the Royal Horticultural Garden, Wisley. The RHS was given Wisley Estate in trust by Sir Thomas Hanbury in 1903. The garden will capture the imagination with richly planted borders and luscious rose gardens and amazing glasshouses which recreate tropical, moist temperate and dry temperate habitats. Trials of flowers, vegetables and fruit were expanded at Wisley and they continue to be some of the principal features of the garden. Several Chelsea Flower Show prize-winning gardens are displayed in the grounds. Our visit will be an interesting look at the history of gardening in Britain. In the early afternoon we will visit the private garden of Mr and Mrs Raworth and also enjoy afternoon tea. This is a true collectors’ garden, with some rare and unusual plants. Among its many features, cleverly designed into a small space, are hedges of yew, box and hornbeam, which enclose various rooms, a formal knot garden and a sunken Mediterranean garden, full of interesting small plants. At the rear, an emerald grass carpet is flanked by flower borders and backed by old trees, set in a private park. From here we travel to Heathrow airport for our return flight to Australia.

DAY 19 Saturday May 23, 2015 In flight

DAY 20 Sunday May 24, 2015 Arrival
The group arrives in Australia and tour arrangements conclude.

Garden Tour of France & England with Deryn Thorpe

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Tuesday May 5, 2015 Departure
Our holiday begins with a flight to Paris.

DAY 2 Wednesday May 6, 2015 Paris
This morning we arrive in Paris. After time to freshen up we enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide of the romantic city of Paris. Highlights include the Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Tuileries and a drive along the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe. In the afternoon we visit the Chateau de Bagatelle on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne. In addition to the noted rose garden with its climbing roses, there is a water lily pool, grotto, potager and iris garden. Those wishing to dine together can meet in the lobby where the Tour Manager will suggest good value restaurants for dinner.

DAY 3 Thursday May 7, 2015 Paris
We start today with a morning visit to Claude Monet’s famous house and beautiful garden at Giverny. This garden, with its ponds and water lilies and its Japanese bridge, appears in many of the artist’s paintings. Another section of the garden has a more formal layout, featuring espaliered apples and pears and abundant plantings of roses, irises, spring bulbs, poppies and more. It has been magnificently restored and gives a vivid impression of Monet’s inspiration. Deryn has experienced this garden in different seasons and will make sure that we get the most out of this garden. We return to Paris for an afternoon free for individual exploration. This evening we will have an included dinner, so group members can get to know each other.

DAY 4 Friday May 8, 2015 Paris
Today we travel west of Paris to visit Château de Versailles, the extraordinary palace set in the grand formal garden designed for Louis XIV. In the grounds of Versailles, we visit the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon with its romantic landscape of meandering paths, streams, rustic bridges and lake. We then visit Le Hameau, featuring rustic thatched cottages grouped around a lake surrounded by woodland. One thatched cottage has a potager of tomatoes, French beans and poppies edged in box hedges and filled with pelargoniums. This is one of Deryn’s favourite gardens and she will ensure we make the most of the romantic grounds before we return to Paris in the late afternoon.

DAY 5 Saturday May 9, 2015 Paris
This morning will be free for individual activity. In the afternoon we will visit the gorgeous rose garden – Roseraie de l’Hay-les-Roses. There are 1.7 hectares, beautifully laid out in a pattern of beds, walks, arbor’s and ornamental trellis-work. There are roses that were grown by Empress Josephine, wild roses and a collection showing the evolution of the garden rose. Deryn will share some of her titillating tales of the Empress, her tempestuous life with Napoleon and her passion for roses.

DAY 6 Sunday May 10, 2015 Blois
After breakfast, we travel to Blois, stopping along the way to visit Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. Deryn will lead us around this Baroque garden, which was the first great work by Andre Le Notre, who went on to design Versaille’s gardens. Organised on a central axis, the gardens stretch for 3kms with elaborate parterres, ornate fountains, ponds, topiaries and statues. We continue our journey south to Blois, rich in history, and once the fife of the Counts of Blois. The Chateau de Blois, located in the town centre, was the principal royal residence until King Henry IV moved the court to Paris in 1598. The attractive, hilly, partially pedestrian quarter is enclosed by the chateau, cathedral and river.

DAY 7 Monday May 11, 2015 Blois
The morning is free for you to explore the charms of Blois. The afternoon’s treat is a visit to Chateau de Chenonceau, spanning the River Cher, which reflects its unique beauty. Two large formal gardens and extensive woodland surround this fairytale chateau. Known as the Ladies Castle, its design and charm are a result of six important women throughout its history. Two large formal gardens and extensive woodland surround this fairytale chateau.

DAY 8 Tuesday May 12, 2015 Blois
Today we travel through the Loire valley to visit the Festival des Jardins de Chaumont sur Loire. Jean Jennifer Pigeat established the festival in 1992 with the aim of introducing the public to imaginative and innovative new design. The thirty show gardens are in leaf shaped enclosures, hedged by beech or hornbeam. In the afternoon we visit the fabulous 16th-century Chateau Villandry, representing the highest standards of garden design and landscaping. The gorgeous formal garden has been terraced into three levels, displaying hedges and motifs of box, fine yew topiaries and flowers in season. The lowest level is the potager, which elevates vegetable growing to a fine art. Deryn will discuss vegetable growing in Australia and suggest ways of incorporating home grown produce in small spaces. We will return to Blois for an evening at leisure.

DAY 9 Wednesday May 13, 2015 Perigueux
Today we travel through the beautiful rolling French countryside to the Dordogne region. We will stay in Perigueux for three nights. This well preserved market town was established by the ancient Gauls and conquered by the Romans. The Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum is highly regarded. The Tour Manager will recommend a good restaurant to soak up a little of the atmosphere of this historic town.

DAY 10 Thursday May 14, 2015 Perigueux
We travel to Sarlat la Caneda for a guided walking tour of its narrow medieval streets. Gothic and Renaissance buildings add to the ambience of this fascinating town, which grew up around the Benedictine abbey founded in the middle of the 9th century. Sarlat reached its peak during the 13th and 14th centuries. There are houses full of charm all over the town, many with attractive courtyards and the town often hosts interesting fairs and has regular markets. We will see Maison de la Boetie, one of the finest houses and Renaissance buildings of 1525. We return to Perigueux for a free afternoon for individual activity.

DAY 11 Friday May 15, 2015 Periguex
This morning we will travel east to visit the Manoir d’Eyrignac. The manor house dates from the 17th century and the elaborate formal garden, dates from the 18th century. The garden was comprehensively recreated in the 1960s with elaborate topiary and hedging frames and a sequence of rooms and passages that lead to the house. Near the house, is a stylized parterre a la Francaise with sweeping curves of clipped box and soaring Italian cypresses. In the afternoon we visit Les Jardins de Cadiot, described as an English garden with Mediterranean plants and many roses. The garden has many wonderful perennial borders planted with mainly white, purple and blue plants in beautiful combinations. Gardens are wooded by the masses of roses, clematis, delphiniums, peonies and bulbs. The group will enjoy an included dinner this evening.

DAY 12 Saturday May 16, 2015 Avignon
Today we travel south through the gorgeous French countryside to the attractive historic city of Avignon.

DAY 13 Sunday May 17, 2015 Avignon
A sightseeing tour of Avignon, with a local guide provides us with an introduction to this beautiful encircled medieval walled city with romantic narrow streets. We will see the Palace of the Popes, which was the seat of the Popes from 1309 until 1377 and the Place de l’Horloge, an attractive square shaded by plane trees which contains a theatre and Town Hall. This afternoon is free to explore Avignon.

DAY 14 Monday May 18, 2015 Avignon
This morning we travel to visit L’Alchimiste, which has successfully blended the contemporary with classical design. The garden has been divided into three distinct spaces using ancient plants and modern materials. The plants have wonderful stories associated with them, many originating from Provencal custom and have a pagan bent. We continue to visit Pont du Gard, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The aqueduct is part of a system, which brought spring water from a catchment area near Uzes to Nimes: it was built in the first century AD and in spite of its two thousand years, is in good condition.

DAY 15 Tuesday May 19, 2015 Avignon
This morning we visit Jardin de la Noria for a guided tour. Jardin de la Noria is a private garden designed by noted French designers, Arnaud Maurieres and Eric Ossart. The owners, Mr and Mrs Deparis, commissioned them to transform a hectare of level orchard in the grounds of their farmhouse, called Mas de Licon. The remains of an old noria, or water wheel determined the hub of the new garden which was influenced by the spirit of Islamic paradise gardens. The garden has an oasis-like quality with lush plantings, scented flowers, pools and rills. This is a garden that encourages visitors to wander slowly and sit to enjoy the sculptures and surrender to the delights of the sound of the water, the perfume and colour of the garden. In the afternoon, we visit the Bambouseraie, a unique bamboo forest. The garden was started by Eugene Mazel in the middle of the 19th century. He spent so much on the watering systems for the garden that he died a ruined man. There is a surprisingly wide varie ty of bamboo with their coloured stems – glaucous green, emerald, yellow and black are among the interesting species. The Tour Manager will suggest restaurants for the evening meal.

D0AY 16 Wednesday May 20, 2015 London
Today we travel to Marseilles to board a flight for London where we will spend three nights. On arrival at Heathrow Airport, we will be met by a first-class coach and transferred to our city hotel. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or shopping. The Tour Manager will suggest restaurants for dinner.

DAY 17 Thursday May 21, 2015 London
The highlight of our time in London is our escorted visit with Deryn Thorpe to the famous Chelsea Flower Show. It is the summer event in the English horticultural calendar and boasts about twenty amazing landscaped gardens built by prominent landscapers and more than five hundred displays featuring the best flowers, plants and trees and many new introductions. For gardeners, it is the experience of a lifetime and a highlight of our garden tour. As we depart Chelsea we meet our London blue badge guide for a comprehensive tour of the main sights of exciting London. We will see Buckingham Palace, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, The Strand, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. We will have a farewell dinner this evening to say goodbye to our new friends.

DAY 18 Friday May 22, 2015 London
This morning we visit the Royal Horticultural Garden, Wisley. The RHS was given Wisley Estate in trust by Sir Thomas Hanbury in 1903. The garden will capture the imagination with richly planted borders and luscious rose gardens and amazing glasshouses which recreate tropical, moist temperate and dry temperate habitats. Trials of flowers, vegetables and fruit were expanded at Wisley and they continue to be some of the principal features of the garden. Several Chelsea Flower Show prize-winning gardens are displayed in the grounds. Our visit will be an interesting look at the history of gardening in Britain. In the early afternoon we will visit the private garden of Mr and Mrs Raworth and also enjoy afternoon tea. This is a true collectors’ garden, with some rare and unusual plants. Among its many features, cleverly designed into a small space, are hedges of yew, box and hornbeam, which enclose various rooms, a formal knot garden and a sunken Mediterranean garden, full of interesting small plants. At the rear, an emerald grass carpet is flanked by flower borders and backed by old trees, set in a private park. From here we travel to Heathrow airport for our return flight to Australia.

DAY 19 Saturday May 23, 2015 In flight

DAY 20 Sunday May 24, 2015 Arrival
The group arrives in Australia and tour arrangements conclude.

Garden Cruise of Italy, France & Spain with Sue McDougall

ITINERARY

Day 1 Tuesday 16 June, 2015 Departure
Our holiday begins with an early evening Singapore Airlines flight to Milan.

Day 2 Wednesday 17 June, 2015 Como
On arrival in Milan, we drive north to Como situated on gorgeous Lake Como, where we stay for three nights.

Day 3 Thursday 18 June, 2015 Como
This morning we will visit Villa Carlotta, on the west shore of Lake Como. This elegant 18th century villa has its own landing place on Lake Como and beautiful views over the lake. It was given as a wedding present to Carlotta, Duchess of Saxe-Meningen, who with her husband, created the landscape garden and began the botanical collection. Around the house an 18th century formal layout has lemon arbours on the terraces, tall camellia hedges and flower beds to suit the architecture. This afternoon we visit Villa Balbienello, located on a promontory in Lake Como. Steep steps covered with flowers lead from the landing to the garden and villa. It was chosen as the romantic setting for the movie A Month on the Lake. Ancient pollarded plane trees are a feature of this enchanting garden. The villa perches high above Lake Como and offers a fine illustration of neo-classical blending of the picturesque landscape with architecture. Tonight we will have an included welcome dinner.

Day 4 Friday 19 June, 2015 Como
Today we will drive to the beautiful town of Stresa. We travel by boat to Isola Bella, the most spectacular of the Borromean Islands. The magnificent villa is surrounded by one of the most dramatic 17th century gardens in Italy, with 10 terraces rising like a ship’s prow in the reflecting waters of the lake. Masses of roses and perfumed plants set among superb statues and fountains make this a garden to remember. We visit the nearby island Isola Madre. This very different garden has lush sub-tropical planting of ornamental trees and shrubs including a Kashmir Cypress, which was blown down in a storm in 2010 and has been salvaged with cables securing it at the cost of thousands of Euros. Around the edge of the garden there is a very interesting botanical walk.

Day 5 Saturday 20 June, 2015 Venice
This morning we travel to Venice and enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide who will introduce you to this fabled city. We visit the iconic Piazza San Marco and its grand cathedral; see the Grand Canal, the Doges Palace and learn about Venice’s history and culture. The rest of the day will be free for independent exploration – perhaps experience a gondola ride or get a bird’s eye view of Venice from one of the belltowers, or just wander the entrancing maze of streets and canals, windowshopping and people-watching. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby this evening or you may like to take in a concert.

Day 6 Sunday 21 June, 2015 Venice – Embarkation
This morning is spent exploring some of the beautiful hidden gardens of Venice. We meet our guides, members of the Venice Garden Club, who will provide entry to a very special and beautiful private garden. Later we are transferred to the port to board the MV Nieuw Amsterdam for our Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona.

Day 7 Monday 22 June, 2015 At sea
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon we will enjoy a game of gardening trivial pursuit led by Sue. We will divide our group into teams with prizes for the winners.

Day 8 Tuesday 23 June, 2015 Dubrovnik
This morning we arrive in Dubrovnik. A local guide will take us on an enjoyable walking tour through Dubrovnik. We will see the impressive Fort of St John and the Sponza Palace, built in the 14th century as the mint for the city, and Dubrovnik’s Cathedral and Treasury, built after the earthquake of 1667. The Onofrio’s Fountain is part of the 15th century water supply system and features 16 carved masks that gush drinking water. We also visit the Franciscan Friary, begun in 1317, with its late Romanesque cloisters around a tranquil garden. In the afternoon we travel along the picturesque coast to visit Trsteno Arboretum. It was started in the 15th century by a local noble family Gozzein, who built an aqueduct in 1492 for irrigation that is still in use. The Aboretum suffered damage during the 1991 war, but its pride and joy, two Oriental plane trees, survived undamaged. The remainder of the afternoon will be free for individual activity. A walk around the walls or shopping in the many small shops promises to be great fun.

Day 9 Wednesday 24 June, 2015 Kotor
Today we sail up the picturesque Bay of Kotor, a submerged river canyon. The port of Kotor was built by the Republic of Venice and is surrounded by impressive city walls. There are many attractive Venetian buildings in the town. We will have a morning tour to explore this interesting city. The afternoon will be free for individual exploration.

Day 10 Thursday 25 June, 2015 Kerkira, Corfu
This morning we arrive in Corfu, the most northern island of the Ionian Group, lying at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea. On our tour today we will visit Corfu Town with its unique architecture influenced by Venetian, French and British occupation. The most notable examples are the Old and New Fortresses (Venetian) as well as the Palace of Saint Michael & Saint George (British) which now houses an impressive Museum of Asiatic Art. We travel out of the town to visit Achilleion Palace. Built by Empress of Austria, Elizabeth of Bravaria. The palace was designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme. The gardens on the top of the hill provide a majestic view of the surrounding hills with the Ionian Sea in the background.

Day 11 Friday 26 June, 2015 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon you are invited to join Sue McDougall for an informal chat and find out what drives her passion for gardening.

Day 12 Saturday 27 June, 2015 Naples
Today we arrive in Naples and travel to Sorrento to board a ferry for the island of Ischia where we visit the famous garden, La Mortella. Here we explore a garden massed with rare trees, palms, shrubs, ferns and bulbs to excite the plants man and botanist. There are many interesting features including an Islamic-style rill of water leading to a pool. This is part of an extension to the garden by famous designer Russell Page. He also constructed a series of rock pools, their banks a home for bog plants, ferns and bamboo, which contrast with the parched Mediterranean hillside. Lady Walton, who died a few years ago, has a beautiful memorial set in the garden. This garden delights all the senses.

Day 13 Sunday 28 June, 2015 Civitavecchia
This morning we arrive at Civitavecchia and join Sue McDougall for a visit to the gorgeous formal gardens of Villa Lante. Geometrically organised on four levels along a main axis, emphasised by fountains, it has perfect symmetry. This is a marvellous Renaissance garden in which murmuring water, flashing fountains, shade and sunlight alternate under vast plane trees.

Day 14 Monday 29 June, 2015 Livorno
This morning we arrive in Livorno and on our tour today we travel to visit Villa Massei, a 16th century hunting lodge, which was bought by Paul Gervais and Gil Cohen in 1981. In their loving restoration of the villa and gardens, they have created numerous garden rooms with formal hedging, enhanced with seasonal flowers. Two 400-year-old cypresses frame views over the Tuscan countryside, and roses scent the air. Behind the villa, a wisteria-clad pergola creates a shady haven for entertaining, while the huge vegetable garden supplies the kitchen.

Day 15 Tuesday 30 June, 2015 Monte Carlo
We will have a wonderful day on the French Riviera today. We first enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide of Monte Carlo, famous for its casino and Royal Family. We’ll continue our journey with a visit Le Jardin Exotique d’Eze, perched on a high outcrop with the most magnificent views overlooking the sea. This garden with its wonderful and varied collection of succulents offers a unique experience, and the little town of Eze is fascinating. This afternoon Sue will lead the group on our visit to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The garden was laid out at the beginning of the 20th century by Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild, a member of the wealthy Rothschild family. The garden has been developed as a series of compartments representing different architectural and planting styles. The garden is the ultimate in manicured French exotic style.

Day 16 Wednesday 1 July, 2015 Marseilles
This morning we arrive in Marseilles in the south of France. We have a sightseeing tour of Aix en Provence, the old capital of Provence. We tour the old town with its attractive 18th and 19th century squares, many of them have gorgeous fountains in their center. We will also see sites associated with the post-impressionist artist Paul Cezanne who hailed from the town. In the afternoon, we visit the private garden of Les Confines, owned for many years by contemporary landscape designer Dominique Larfourcade. It is famous worldwide for its long, narrow rill flanked by olive trees in massive terracotta pots, and extensive clipped hedges and topiary. This Italianate garden encompasses many rooms, each with its own character. Its most recent addition is an ‘African’ room, inspired by her travels there.

Day 17 Thursday 2 July, 2015 Barcelona
Early afternoon we arrive in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. On arrival we have a city tour with a local guide. We will see the historic cathedral and the beautiful streets of the Gothic Quarter. We visit the modernist Eixample district and see examples of Gaudi’s stunning architecture, including the famous Sagrada Familia. We will visit Parc Guell, which is a combination of architectural and landscape features with mature and natural looking plantings. Among them is the grand iron-balustrade entrance, with its mosaic tile work on the walls and the imposing staircase dragon. Sue will make sure that you get the most out of this unique garden. We return to the ship for our last night on board the MS Nieuw Amsterdam.

Day 18 Friday 3 July, 2015 Barcelona
After disembarking the ship this morning we travel north to the Costa Brava to visit the Jardi Botanic Mar I Murtra, which was created by Karl Faust. He created several different gardens to house the plants he collected from all over the world. Mar I Murtra is now divided into tropical, temperate and Mediterranean garden areas. In the afternoon, we will travel to visit Santa Clothilde, a large property built on the site of an old vineyard. It is an Italianate garden in the Renaissance style, where the symmetry of paths, planting and interesting focal points define the garden.

Day 19 Saturday 4 July, 2015 Barcelona
This morning is free to go sightseeing and shopping in this wonderful city. In the afternoon we will travel north-west of the city to visit Parc del Laberint, which is a superb example of a restored 18th century neo-classical garden. The most exciting part of the garden is the maze, which consists of seven hundred and fifty metres of Italian cypresses clipped into linear and curved shapes. There are intricate water courses, woodland and formal gardens. We will have a farewell dinner to say goodbye to group members.

Day 20 Sunday 5 July, 2015 Departure
This morning we are transferred to the airport to board our flight back to Australia.

Day 21 Monday 6 July, 2015 Australia
The group arrives in Australia and tour arrangements conclude.

Garden Cruise of Italy, France & Spain with Sue McDougall

ITINERARY

Day 1 Tuesday 16 June, 2015 Departure
Our holiday begins with an early evening Singapore Airlines flight to Milan.

Day 2 Wednesday 17 June, 2015 Como
On arrival in Milan, we drive north to Como situated on gorgeous Lake Como, where we stay for three nights.

Day 3 Thursday 18 June, 2015 Como
This morning we will visit Villa Carlotta, on the west shore of Lake Como. This elegant 18th century villa has its own landing place on Lake Como and beautiful views over the lake. It was given as a wedding present to Carlotta, Duchess of Saxe-Meningen, who with her husband, created the landscape garden and began the botanical collection. Around the house an 18th century formal layout has lemon arbours on the terraces, tall camellia hedges and flower beds to suit the architecture. This afternoon we visit Villa Balbienello, located on a promontory in Lake Como. Steep steps covered with flowers lead from the landing to the garden and villa. It was chosen as the romantic setting for the movie A Month on the Lake. Ancient pollarded plane trees are a feature of this enchanting garden. The villa perches high above Lake Como and offers a fine illustration of neo-classical blending of the picturesque landscape with architecture. Tonight we will have an included welcome dinner.

Day 4 Friday 19 June, 2015 Como
Today we will drive to the beautiful town of Stresa. We travel by boat to Isola Bella, the most spectacular of the Borromean Islands. The magnificent villa is surrounded by one of the most dramatic 17th century gardens in Italy, with 10 terraces rising like a ship’s prow in the reflecting waters of the lake. Masses of roses and perfumed plants set among superb statues and fountains make this a garden to remember. We visit the nearby island Isola Madre. This very different garden has lush sub-tropical planting of ornamental trees and shrubs including a Kashmir Cypress, which was blown down in a storm in 2010 and has been salvaged with cables securing it at the cost of thousands of Euros. Around the edge of the garden there is a very interesting botanical walk.

Day 5 Saturday 20 June, 2015 Venice
This morning we travel to Venice and enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide who will introduce you to this fabled city. We visit the iconic Piazza San Marco and its grand cathedral; see the Grand Canal, the Doges Palace and learn about Venice’s history and culture. The rest of the day will be free for independent exploration – perhaps experience a gondola ride or get a bird’s eye view of Venice from one of the belltowers, or just wander the entrancing maze of streets and canals, windowshopping and people-watching. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby this evening or you may like to take in a concert.

Day 6 Sunday 21 June, 2015 Venice – Embarkation
This morning is spent exploring some of the beautiful hidden gardens of Venice. We meet our guides, members of the Venice Garden Club, who will provide entry to a very special and beautiful private garden. Later we are transferred to the port to board the MV Nieuw Amsterdam for our Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona.

Day 7 Monday 22 June, 2015 At sea
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon we will enjoy a game of gardening trivial pursuit led by Sue. We will divide our group into teams with prizes for the winners.

Day 8 Tuesday 23 June, 2015 Dubrovnik
This morning we arrive in Dubrovnik. A local guide will take us on an enjoyable walking tour through Dubrovnik. We will see the impressive Fort of St John and the Sponza Palace, built in the 14th century as the mint for the city, and Dubrovnik’s Cathedral and Treasury, built after the earthquake of 1667. The Onofrio’s Fountain is part of the 15th century water supply system and features 16 carved masks that gush drinking water. We also visit the Franciscan Friary, begun in 1317, with its late Romanesque cloisters around a tranquil garden. In the afternoon we travel along the picturesque coast to visit Trsteno Arboretum. It was started in the 15th century by a local noble family Gozzein, who built an aqueduct in 1492 for irrigation that is still in use. The Aboretum suffered damage during the 1991 war, but its pride and joy, two Oriental plane trees, survived undamaged. The remainder of the afternoon will be free for individual activity. A walk around the walls or shopping in the many small shops promises to be great fun.

Day 9 Wednesday 24 June, 2015 Kotor
Today we sail up the picturesque Bay of Kotor, a submerged river canyon. The port of Kotor was built by the Republic of Venice and is surrounded by impressive city walls. There are many attractive Venetian buildings in the town. We will have a morning tour to explore this interesting city. The afternoon will be free for individual exploration.

Day 10 Thursday 25 June, 2015 Kerkira, Corfu
This morning we arrive in Corfu, the most northern island of the Ionian Group, lying at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea. On our tour today we will visit Corfu Town with its unique architecture influenced by Venetian, French and British occupation. The most notable examples are the Old and New Fortresses (Venetian) as well as the Palace of Saint Michael & Saint George (British) which now houses an impressive Museum of Asiatic Art. We travel out of the town to visit Achilleion Palace. Built by Empress of Austria, Elizabeth of Bravaria. The palace was designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme. The gardens on the top of the hill provide a majestic view of the surrounding hills with the Ionian Sea in the background.

Day 11 Friday 26 June, 2015 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon you are invited to join Sue McDougall for an informal chat and find out what drives her passion for gardening.

Day 12 Saturday 27 June, 2015 Naples
Today we arrive in Naples and travel to Sorrento to board a ferry for the island of Ischia where we visit the famous garden, La Mortella. Here we explore a garden massed with rare trees, palms, shrubs, ferns and bulbs to excite the plants man and botanist. There are many interesting features including an Islamic-style rill of water leading to a pool. This is part of an extension to the garden by famous designer Russell Page. He also constructed a series of rock pools, their banks a home for bog plants, ferns and bamboo, which contrast with the parched Mediterranean hillside. Lady Walton, who died a few years ago, has a beautiful memorial set in the garden. This garden delights all the senses.

Day 13 Sunday 28 June, 2015 Civitavecchia
This morning we arrive at Civitavecchia and join Sue McDougall for a visit to the gorgeous formal gardens of Villa Lante. Geometrically organised on four levels along a main axis, emphasised by fountains, it has perfect symmetry. This is a marvellous Renaissance garden in which murmuring water, flashing fountains, shade and sunlight alternate under vast plane trees.

Day 14 Monday 29 June, 2015 Livorno
This morning we arrive in Livorno and on our tour today we travel to visit Villa Massei, a 16th century hunting lodge, which was bought by Paul Gervais and Gil Cohen in 1981. In their loving restoration of the villa and gardens, they have created numerous garden rooms with formal hedging, enhanced with seasonal flowers. Two 400-year-old cypresses frame views over the Tuscan countryside, and roses scent the air. Behind the villa, a wisteria-clad pergola creates a shady haven for entertaining, while the huge vegetable garden supplies the kitchen.

Day 15 Tuesday 30 June, 2015 Monte Carlo
We will have a wonderful day on the French Riviera today. We first enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide of Monte Carlo, famous for its casino and Royal Family. We’ll continue our journey with a visit Le Jardin Exotique d’Eze, perched on a high outcrop with the most magnificent views overlooking the sea. This garden with its wonderful and varied collection of succulents offers a unique experience, and the little town of Eze is fascinating. This afternoon Sue will lead the group on our visit to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The garden was laid out at the beginning of the 20th century by Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild, a member of the wealthy Rothschild family. The garden has been developed as a series of compartments representing different architectural and planting styles. The garden is the ultimate in manicured French exotic style.

Day 16 Wednesday 1 July, 2015 Marseilles
This morning we arrive in Marseilles in the south of France. We have a sightseeing tour of Aix en Provence, the old capital of Provence. We tour the old town with its attractive 18th and 19th century squares, many of them have gorgeous fountains in their center. We will also see sites associated with the post-impressionist artist Paul Cezanne who hailed from the town. In the afternoon, we visit the private garden of Les Confines, owned for many years by contemporary landscape designer Dominique Larfourcade. It is famous worldwide for its long, narrow rill flanked by olive trees in massive terracotta pots, and extensive clipped hedges and topiary. This Italianate garden encompasses many rooms, each with its own character. Its most recent addition is an ‘African’ room, inspired by her travels there.

Day 17 Thursday 2 July, 2015 Barcelona
Early afternoon we arrive in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. On arrival we have a city tour with a local guide. We will see the historic cathedral and the beautiful streets of the Gothic Quarter. We visit the modernist Eixample district and see examples of Gaudi’s stunning architecture, including the famous Sagrada Familia. We will visit Parc Guell, which is a combination of architectural and landscape features with mature and natural looking plantings. Among them is the grand iron-balustrade entrance, with its mosaic tile work on the walls and the imposing staircase dragon. Sue will make sure that you get the most out of this unique garden. We return to the ship for our last night on board the MS Nieuw Amsterdam.

Day 18 Friday 3 July, 2015 Barcelona
After disembarking the ship this morning we travel north to the Costa Brava to visit the Jardi Botanic Mar I Murtra, which was created by Karl Faust. He created several different gardens to house the plants he collected from all over the world. Mar I Murtra is now divided into tropical, temperate and Mediterranean garden areas. In the afternoon, we will travel to visit Santa Clothilde, a large property built on the site of an old vineyard. It is an Italianate garden in the Renaissance style, where the symmetry of paths, planting and interesting focal points define the garden.

Day 19 Saturday 4 July, 2015 Barcelona
This morning is free to go sightseeing and shopping in this wonderful city. In the afternoon we will travel north-west of the city to visit Parc del Laberint, which is a superb example of a restored 18th century neo-classical garden. The most exciting part of the garden is the maze, which consists of seven hundred and fifty metres of Italian cypresses clipped into linear and curved shapes. There are intricate water courses, woodland and formal gardens. We will have a farewell dinner to say goodbye to group members.

Day 20 Sunday 5 July, 2015 Departure
This morning we are transferred to the airport to board our flight back to Australia.

Day 21 Monday 6 July, 2015 Australia
The group arrives in Australia and tour arrangements conclude.