Bonnie-Marie Hibbs is a popular and experienced garden expert, writers and television presenter. She completed Certificate 111 in horticulture in 2012 and was awarded Apprentice of the Year. She has worked in various roles at Gardenworld Nursery since 2013. Her current role is as Gardenworld Ambassador. Bonnie- Marie has been a presenter on the Garden Gurus Channel 9 since 2014. She also freelances as a speaker at flower and garden shows across Australia. She is looking forward to sharing her garden knowledge with you.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Friday 29 October, 2021 Bowral
Tour members will travel to Sydney this morning. The coach will be ready for departure from Mascot Airport at 12.30pm. We will drive south to visit Red Cow Farm, a unique cool climate garden in the village of Sutton Forest. Developed around a cottage from the 1820s there are number of garden rooms; a cottage garden, a monastery garden, an abbess’s garden and many old fashioned roses and perennials. This evening we will come together for a welcome dinner to formally meet our host Bonnie-Marie Hibbs.
DAY 2 Saturday 30 October, 2021 Bowral
Today we will travel to Bundanoon for the Garden Ramble. The gardens chosen for the Ramble offer diversity in design, size and plantings. Gardens showcase the love and interpretation given to them by the owners. The owners will all be available and keen to speak to group members.
DAY 3 Sunday 31 October, 2021 Bowral
Today we will visit the Garden Ramble. Bonnie will help group members with answers to questions on plants and their suitability for growing in their gardens.
DAY 4 Monday 1 November, 2021 Bowral
Today we visit Redford Park, which dates back to a land grant in 1821. The house was built in 1887 by Samuel Horden as a rendered brick Italianate style residence. It is surrounded by a magnificent collection of evergreen and deciduous trees, some very rare and unique. On the eastern side of the property is a hedged garden, which includes a knot garden, a swimming pool with pavilion with many wonderful sculptures. This afternoon we will visit the Southern Highlands Botanical Gardens, which has recently been developed before visiting Glenys Lillendal’s garden of ¾ acre. Glenys has travelled on many Travelrite International tours, where she has found inspiration for developing her garden.
DAY 5 Tuesday 2 November, 2021 Bathurst
We are in for a treat today as we travel to near Oberon for visit to Mayfield Garden, one of the world’s largest privately-owned cool climate gardens, extending well over 160 acres. The garden began to take shape in the mid-1990’s. The stunning water garden extends over six acres and includes a spectacular stone and water featured garden filled with blue stone walls, man-made water features and carefully selected plants to delight the senses. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
DAY 6 Wednesday 3 November, 2021 Bathurst
Today we first visit Highfields garden, which incorporates Cloverhill rare plants. During our garden visit we will see many gorgeous rare plants and stunning perennial border plants, displayed in the garden. Many of them have been imported by David Kennedy, the owner, over many years. We continue with a visit to Hillandale a magnificent rambling country garden, which features a fern lined spring creek, a woodland and a 120 m long double herbaceous border. Many trees on the property are up to one hundred years old. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
DAY 7 Thursday 4 November, 2021 Bathurst
This morning we visit Coryu Japanese Garden, a Japanese inspired garden, which contains the most extensive range of maple varieties from around the world. The magnificent maples are planted around ponds, mini waterfalls, rockeries, stones and handmade bridges creating a gorgeous effect. This afternoon is free for individual activity.
DAY 8 Friday 5 November, 2021 Goulburn
Today we travel to Goulburn, where we visit Riversdale, a house in the early colonial Regency style built about 1840 and surrounded by splendid gardens. We will see many rare and unusual plants as Bonnie-Marie leads the group around the garden. We will stay for three night as we visit the Crookwell Garden Festival.
DAY 9 Saturday 6 November, 2021 Goulburn
Today we will first visit the Garden Lovers Market, where there will be a chance to purchase a whole range of rare and unusual plants. We will continue with visits to several of the gorgeous cool climate gardens open for the Festival including the Edna Walling designed garden; Markdale. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
DAY 10 Sunday 7 November, 2021 Nowra
Today we will visit several of the gorgeous cool climate gardens open for the Festival. Bonnie-Marie will help the group with plant identification. This afternoon we travel to spectacular Bundanon. Purchased by Arthur Boyd in 1979, it was presented to the nation in 1993. Bundanon is a beautiful property situated on the Shoalhaven River and has been immortalised in the works of Sydney Nolan and Arthur Boyd. We will enjoy a guided tour of the homestead and Arthur Boyd’s studio. We continue our journey to Nowra and our hotel.
DAY 11 Monday 8 November, 2021 Sydney
This morning we travel to Sydney stopping to visit the Shoalhaven Heads Native Botanic Garden. The garden has a fantastic fernery, a bush tucker garden and a lot of variety in the plant selection.
DAY 12 Tuesday 9 November, 2021 Sydney
This morning we will visit the Lisgar Gardens in Hornsby. The gardens are set in a gully full of rich native bush land dominated by Sydney blue gums and are terraced down a steep slope with a dry stone wall of sandstone. There is an area of formal lawn with structured garden beds and an informal bush land area with walking trails. There are a number of waterfalls and other water features and gorgeous stone work in the garden. We continue with a visit to Eden Garden Centre. It is a fascinating place with water dragons everywhere and lots to see and buy. There will be time at the garden centre for lunch. In the evening we will come together for a farewell dinner to say goodbye to our group and Bonnie- Marie.
DAY 13 Wednesday 10 November, 2021 Departure
This morning we will visit Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden. After her husband Bret’s death in 1992 Wendy started clearing the rubbish in the unused railway land in front of her house. She had no idea what she would find, but beneath the rubble there were large Moreton Bay Figs, bamboo and other plants used as the bones for the garden she has created today. We continue to the airport. Please don’t book a flight to depart before 1.00 pm.
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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.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser..
Deposit and Payment:
A deposit of $500 per person, should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form to Travelrite International. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 45 days prior to the commencement of the tour. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by credit card.
Cancellation Charges: * Cancellation conditions don’t apply for clients with future cruise/tour credits. Cruise/tour credits are non-refundable. Cancellations received in writing 45 or more days from the date of departure will result in deposit being refunded. Cancellations received 44 or fewer days before departure will result in a loss of all monies paid. *Cancellation conditions don’t apply for clients with future tour credits. Tour credits are non-refundable.
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.
Baggage: Due to coach restrictions, tour members can only bring one large suitcase.
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How to Book: Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $500 per person to:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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About Travelrite International: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established family-owned business that’s been operating in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for more than 35 years. Travelrite International is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), is fully Accredited with ATAS (A10538) and IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators.
“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.”