Phil Dudman is a horticulturist, designer, writer and broadcaster. His recent book, ‘Down-to-Earth Garden Design’ characterizes Phil’s approach to gardening; easy, straight-forward, and never complicated. Phil is a seasoned traveller too, having travelled extensively across Australia, 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 30 years, Phil has contributed to many of Australia’s leading gardening magazines, written three books for ABC Books and worked as a TV presenter 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.
We enjoyed the entertaining and informative presentations given by Phil on the coach and during garden visits.
I had met Phil previously and knew that he would be a good leader with his laid back down to earth style.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Monday 11 March, 2024 Mornington
On arrival at Melbourne Airport, no later than 1.00 pm, we will be met by our private coach and driven 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 12 March, 2024 Mornington
Today we travel to visit some of the best gardens in Australia. Our first visit is to Heronswood Gardens, home of the Diggers Club and our first Diggers Foundation garden. 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 include heirloom selections picked straight from the gardens. This is followed by a tour of the gardens and a stroll through Diggers nursery and gift shop to browse their large range of heirloom vegetables, flowers, and fruit plants for sale. In the afternoon we will visit the Garden Vineyard, featured in Monte Don’s Around the World in 80 Gardens. The garden incorporates walled gardens and gorgeous perennial borders. Phil and the tour manager will meet those wishing to have dinner together in the lobby.
DAY 3 Wednesday 13 March, 2024 Mornington
Our first visit today is to Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s garden of Cruden Farm. The star attraction is the main driveway, which features over 100 established 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, summer and autumn 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 influential Australian landscape designer 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 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 14 March, 2024 Daylesford
This morning we visit Karkalla, the two-acre private garden of celebrated landscape designer Fiona Brockhoff. Fiona specializes in naturalistic landscapes that incorporate low maintenance drought tolerant plants both native and exotic. There will be many useful ideas for us to take home from her gorgeous garden. We continue to Daylesford for our four-night stay. We have free time on arrival to explore Daylesford’s array of boutique shops.
DAY 5 Friday 15 March, 2024 Daylesford
This morning we visit St Erth our second Diggers Foundation garden. We will see beds full of hardy perennials and incredible edibles grown with Diggers heirloom seeds. We will have free time for lunch before we travel to visit Marilyn’s Wildflowers near Bendigo. It is a 4ha property with 2ha of Australian wildflowers used for floristry. It is in a garden style borrowing the natural landscape of the Box Ironbark Forest as a background. The backbone of the garden is local native plants with many stunning grafted wildflowers from W.A. including Qualup Bells, Verticordias, Darwinias and Boronias. There is also a vegetable garden and orchard and a small nursery. This evening Phil will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
DAY 6 Saturday 16 March, 2024 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 17 March, 2024 Daylesford
This morning we will travel to Macedon to visit several gardens. We first visit Duneira Estate. This unusual and remarkable 15.4 hectare property and garden was purchased in the 1870s by Suetonius Officer and are considered to be of ‘outstanding cultural significance’ by the National Trust of Australia; several of the trees are listed on the Register of Significant Trees of Victoria. We continue to Shepherds Bush. At 870 metres above sea level, Shepherd’s Bush is a 1.5 hectare garden and is the highest residence on the mountain. The garden showcases many cold climate plants including rhododendrons, maples, conifers, viburnums and dogwoods. We continue with a visit to Stephen Ryan’s garden. Meander through the woodland plantings, stumble across the circular lawn complete with orchard and neighbouring vegetable garden and enjoy the pond with nearby ‘Cluckingham Palace’ which houses the ducks and chickens. After free time for lunch, we visit 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. We return to our hotel late afternoon.
DAY 8 Monday 18 March, 2024 Melbourne
Today we travel to the Dandenong Ranges to visit two stunning gardens. We first visit Cloudehill, our third Diggers Foundation garden. 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. In the afternoon, we travel to the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden. In 2013, Phillip Johnson and Wes Fleming’s Trailfinders ‘Australian Garden’ exhibit became the first ever Australian entry to win Best Garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. This ‘Australian Garden’ has been re-created on over 7,000 square meters of previously unused space for locals and visitors to enjoy in the Dandenong Ranges. We continue to our hotel in Melbourne.
DAY 9 Tuesday 19 March, 2024 Melbourne
This morning we travel to visit the house and garden of Rippon Lea. Now owned by the National Trust the house was completed in 1868 for Frederick Sargood. He moved in with his wife and nine surviving children and seventeen staff. Sargood was a keen gardener with a particular interest in orchids and ferns. During our visit we walk through the arched, cast-iron lattice work to enter the wonderful 19th century fernery, which contains rare and native ferns. We continue to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens which covers 36 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. The remainder of the afternoon is free for sightseeing or shopping.
DAY 10 Wednesday 20 March, 2024 Melbourne
Today we visit the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, the biggest and best show of its type in the Southern Hemisphere and ranked in the top five flower shows in the world. Floral displays fill the world heritagelisted 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 21 March, 2024 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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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 activity without the need of assistance from others.
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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.”