a horticulturist, designer, writer and broadcaster. His recent book, ‘Down-to-Earth Garden Design’ characterizes Phil’s approach to gardening; easy, straightforward and never complicated. Phil is a seasoned traveller too, having travelled extensively across Europe and Asia in search of great sites, great food, great people and of course great gardens. Following short stints in architecture and business and a few years fronting a Sydney rock ‘n’ roll band, he finally succumbed to his true horticultural calling in his late 20’s. In the past 25 years, Phil has contributed to many of Australia’s leading gardening magazines, has written three books for ABC Books and worked as a TV p resenter on channel nine’s Garden Gurus. He is also the host of ABC Radio’s Good Gardening program. Phil is looking forward to meeting you.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Monday 20 March, 2023 Mornington
On arrival at Melbourne Airport no later than 1.00 pm. we will be met by our private coach and drive through the picturesque countryside to the Mornington Peninsula. 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 21 March, 2023 Mornington
Today we travel to visit some of the best gardens in Australia. Our first visit is to Heronswood Gardens, home of Diggers Seeds and 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 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. In the afternoon we visit the Garden Vineyard, featured in Monte Don’s Around the World in 80 Gardens. The garden incorporates gorgeous perennial borders. Phil and the tour manager will meet those wishing to have dinner together in the lobby.
DAY 3 Wednesday 22 March, 2023 Mornington
Our first visit today is to Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s garden of Cruden Farm. The star attraction 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. To this day Michael is still implementing Dame Elisabeth’s long-term plans for various areas across the garden. 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. Where food was once grown, as the children left home, Dame Elisabeth replaced fruit and vegetables with more and more blooms. The Walled Garden, originally designed by Edna Walling, has undergone changes since it was first planted out in the early 1930s. We continue with a visit to 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.
DAY 4 Thursday 23 March, 2023 Daylesford
This afternoon we will drive to Macedon to visit Forest Glade, a historic private garden that is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in Australia. It embraces a mixture of landscaping styles taking inspiration from English, Italian and woodland traditions. Phil will show us around the gardens. We continue to Daylesford for our four night stay.
DAY 5 Friday 24 March, 2023 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 before visiting Simon Rickard’s garden. Fighting the urge to become a mere collector, Simon has attempted to wrestle his eclectic botanical tastes into a coherent,composed garden. Full of exuberant colour, flowers, foliage plants, and exotic rarities from around the world, Simon’s garden aims to challenge and inspire visitors. This evening Phil will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
DAY 6 Saturday 25 March, 2023 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. Located on the western shore of picturesque Lake Wendouree, is the conservatory, a highlight of the gardens that 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.
DAY 7 Sunday 26 March, 2023 Daylesford
This morning we visit St Erth our second Diggers Club garden. The garden will be in glorious autumn colour. 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 8 Monday 27 March, 2023 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 Banksia Bend in Yarra Glen for a guided tour. The owner, Rosemary Simpson, came to Banksia Bend in 2000 and later commissioned distinguished landscape designer Phillip Johnson (winner of the gold medal Chelsea 2013), to create a rock and water garden. Rosemary’s passion is for sustainable gardens in dry and arid conditions and preserving what little water there is here in Australia. The garden consists of mainly Australian native plants and features three sculptures by renowned Australian artists.
DAY 9 Tuesday 28 March, 2023 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. It has commanding views of the city and showcases low water use plants. Boardwalks and a viewing platform give visitors an opportunity to explore this remarkable feature of Melbourne Botanic Gardens. 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 Café. You may wander around the gardens or continue on the coach with a drop off in the center of Melbourne. The remainder of the afternoon is free for sightseeing or shopping.
DAY 10 Wednesday 29 March, 2023 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. This evening we will have dinner at a nearby restaurant to say goodbye to Phil and other tour members.
DAY 11 Thursday 30 March, 2023 Departure
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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“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.”