Subtropical gardener Phil Dudman is a presenter on gardening talk-back radio, author of Down-to-earth Garden Design, co-presenter of garden2kitchen, and convenor of Landshare Australia. North Coast, NSW.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Monday 7 March, 2022 Daylesford
On arrival at Melbourne Airport no later than 1.00 pm. we will be met by our private coach and drive to Macedon to visit Bolobeck, a century-old garden with mature Linden, Birch and Oaks. It has a gorgeous walled rose garden and an orchard and veggie garden. We continue to Daylesford. A welcome dinner is included this evening for tour members to get to know one another. Phil Dudman will outline the activities and program of the tour.
DAY 2 Tuesday 8 March, 2022 Daylesford
This morning we visit St Erth our first Diggers Club garden. The garden will be in glorious autumn colour. In 2011 the Blazey’s gifted ownership of the Diggers Club to the Diggers Foundation, which strives to conserve historic gardens, buildings and to protect heirloom seeds. We continue our travels to visit Frogmore Gardens. Fifteen years ago, Zena Bethell and Jack Marshall bought eight acres near Trentham, turning three hectares into a stunning garden and nursery specializing in flowering perennials for the herbaceous border and drought tolerant prairie style gardens.
DAY 3 Wednesday 9 March, 2022 Daylesford
This morning our garden visit is to Stonefields, Paul Bangay’s spectacular garden developed using knowledge gained during twenty years designing gardens all around the world. This garden is one of the many highlights of our tour and includes stone paths that meander through garden rooms that open out to a spectacular country view. We return to Daylesford for free time for lunch and to explore Daylesford’s array of boutique shops. This evening Phil will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
DAY 4 Thursday 10 March, 2022 Daylesford
Our first visit this morning is Lambley, the wonderful garden of acclaimed plantsman David Glen. Situated around an old farmhouse in the hot dry windswept plains of the Central Victorian Goldfields, it features a wide range of colourful, frost and drought hardy plants and is a vibrant showcase of Glen’s clever design abilities. The extensive organic veggie garden includes trial gardens for vegetables and flowers. In the afternoon we visit the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Founded in 1858, it covers an area of forty hectares divided into three distinct zones with a central area preserving the “Gardenesque” style of the Victorian pleasure garden. The conservatory, a highlight of the gardens, is full of spectacular begonias. Later in the afternoon we’ll have free time to enjoy Ballarat’s ornate architecture, fine regional art gallery and coffee shops. Phil will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
DAY 5 Friday 11 March, 2022 Mornington
Today we travel through the picturesque countryside to the Mornington Peninsula to visit some of the best gardens in Australia. Our first visit is to Heronswood Gardens, home of Diggers Seeds. We will have lunch at the Fork to Fork restaurant, where the vegetables and fruits served are heirloom selections picked straight from the gardens. This is followed by a tour of Diggers, who have Australia’s largest range of heirloom vegetables, cottage and fruit plants for sale. We continue to our hotel for check-in. Phil and the tour manager will meet those wishing to have dinner together in the lobby.
DAY 6 Saturday 12 March, 2022 Mornington
Our first visit today is The Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne. Phil will take us on an exploration of the spectacular landscape which has a dramatic red sand garden, rock pool waterways, eucalypt walk and exhibition gardens all featuring Australian plants. We continue to visit Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s garden of Cruden Farm. The star attraction is the garden and the star component is the main driveway, planted with over 100 lemon scented gum trees. In truth, there are many gardens to enjoy, each one different in style, plantings and mood. Each area was carefully planned by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and Michael Morrison. The Picking Garden truly reflects the changing seasons at Cruden Farm and during Spring and Summer is alive with thousands of blooms and glorious colour. The Walled Garden, originally designed by Edna Walling, has undergone changes since it was first planted out in the early 1930s.
DAY 7 Sunday 13 March, 2022 Mornington
This morning we visit the Garden Vineyard, featured in Monte Don’s Around the World in 80 Gardens. The garden incorporates gorgeous perennial borders. Our next visit is Mossy Willow an Organic Vegetable Farm which utilizes regenerative farming practices to raise the delicious produce.
DAY 8 Monday 14 March, 2022 Melbourne
Today we travel to the Dandenong Ranges to visit two stunning gardens. We first visit Cloudehill where a maze of stone walls and jewel like garden rooms are set within woodlands of historic cool climate trees. We will have an included lunch here as the food is as good as the gorgeous views. This is our third Diggers foundation garden. In the afternoon we travel to Olinda, the home garden of Phillip Johnson. Phillip’s spectacular design for Fleming’s Nurseries won Best Garden in Show at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013. His gorgeous home garden has a sustainable billabong that doubles as a chemical free swimming pool. Beautifully positioned walkways meander through the garden featuring many indigenous plants. This evening we will have dinner at a nearby restaurant to say goodbye to Phil and other tour members.
DAY 9 Tuesday 15 March, 2022 Departure or Extension tour
The morning is free for individual activity. We travel to the airport about noon for a flight home and the tour concludes
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Extension price per person twin-share $ 650 Single supplement $ 175
Please talk to our travel consultant about flights and additional travel arrangements not in the detailed itinerary. These will be quoted for separately
Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this tour without the need of assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd. (ABN 64 005 817 078) (Travelrite) is the tour operator.
Tour Costs: The tour costs are based on general transport and accommodation rates at 20 June 2021. No alterations to price will be made within 60 days of departure. A deposit of $500.00 per passenger is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 60 days before departure for the Garden Tour.
Cancellation Charges: * Cancellation conditions don’t apply for clients with future cruise/tour credits. Cruise/tour credits are non-refundable. Cancellations within 60 days of departure will result in the loss of all monies paid. Cancellation outside 62 days from departure will result in a cancellation fee of $500.00 per person. Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.
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The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilized after the tour has commenced.
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DAY 1 Tuesday 15 March, 2022 Melbourne
This morning we first stop at the Fitzroy gardens where we will see the Conservatory. We continue to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens which covers thirty six hectares. We will visit Guilfoyle’s Volcano. Built in 1876 as a water storage for the gardens, it was recently restored as part of a landscape development project. We will continue on to the Observatory with free time to walk with Phil to see the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden and the Shrine of Remembrance. We will have free time for lunch at the Observatory Caf . You may wander around the gardens or continue on the coach with a drop off in the centre of Melbourne. The remainder of the afternoon is free for sightseeing or shopping.
DAY 2 Wednesday 16 March, 2022 Melbourne
Today we visit the 22nd Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, the biggest and best show of its type in the Southern Hemisphere is ranked in the top five flower shows in the world. Floral displays fill the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and the surrounding Carlton Gardens. Around the building are landscape displays created by some of Australia’s most talented landscape designers. Phil will give those interested a tour of the display gardens – pointing out elements used by the designers that we can incorporate in our own backyards. While keen gardeners will want to spend all day at the show, others may also take time to visit the adjacent Melbourne Museum.
DAY 3 Thursday 17 March, 2022 Departure
The morning is free for individual activity. We travel to the airport about noon for a flight home and the tour concludes
“The whole tour was wonderful and the group was a good mix of personality. The gardens visited were interesting and varied.”
“Very enjoyable. Good mix of people in the group.”