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.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Wednesday 9 October, 2024
Tour members will meet at Launceston airport. Please book or ask Travelrite International to book a flight to arrive in Launceston no later than 2.30 pm. We will travel to visit Old Wesleydale, a peaceful English-style garden abounding with hedges and walls, a productive potager and lovely vistas. Features include a walled garden, picking garden and glasshouse, the terrace garden and a new aviary building, ha-ha wall, lake walk and sculptured elephant topiary. In the evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet Phil Dudman.
DAY 2 Thursday 10 October, 2024
This morning we visit Table Cape Farm, which specialises in growing tulips. They should be in full flower at the time of our visit, creating a spectacular show. In the afternoon we visit Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens. Its unique design makes it one of Australia’s major rhododendron gardens.
DAY 3 Friday 11 October, 2024
First we will visit Kaydale Lodge, a unique large country garden spanning two hectares with features such as woodland ponds, streams, waterfalls, a pear walk, stonewalls, fritillaria meadow, massed trilliums, a dry Zen garden and more. We will enjoy a guided tour of the garden, which has been designed and maintained by the Crowden family, who are all keen gardeners. Their innovation and styles are reflected throughout the garden. After free time for lunch in Ulverstone, we continue with a visit to Derelie and Bob Cherry’s garden. After 40 years of breeding and developing plants for Paradise Plants, they moved to this established garden in 2016 and set about restoring and replanting the garden. The garden has over 700 rose bushes and numerous camellias and is now coming into full glory with the newly created water feature, which includes a waterlily and lotus garden.
DAY 4 Saturday 12 October, 2024
Today we explore historic Woolmers Estate, one of the most historically significant heritage properties in Australia and home to the National Rose Garden of Australia. Covering two hectares, the garden provides visitors with a unique journey through the evolution of the rose. The garden is home to all the recognised rose types. We will also see the Heritage Vegetable Garden which houses heirloom vegetables and fruits, not commonly found today. We travel nearby to visit the historic gardens of Brickendon, one of Tasmania’s oldest farming properties. First settled in 1825 by William Archer, it has been owned and farmed by the same family for over 180 years.
DAY 5 Sunday 13 October, 2024
We travel to Clarendon, one of Australia’s great Georgian houses. It was completed in 1838 for wealthy wool grower and merchant James Cox. The house and gardens have been restored to their original condition. We continue with a visit the glorious garden at Culzean. Many of the significant trees of the over 150-year-old garden were planted in the 1870’s. The one-and-a-half-hectare lake is the centre piece of this spectacular garden. Phil will point out the highlights of this wonderful garden.
DAY 6 Monday 14 October, 2024
This morning we visit Panshanger, an elegant house and garden in the Greek revival style. The long entrance avenue and surrounding parkland are heavily wooded. A finely worked nineteenth-century iron gate opens to a flower garden full of roses. There is a unique pigeon tower positioned to be seen from the house terrace. In the afternoon we travel just out of Launceston to visit Entally House, the first National Trust house in Australia. Built in 1820 by Thomas Reibey, the house has an elegant garden set in forty-five hectares.
DAY 7 Tuesday 15 October, 2024
We travel to Hobart today, visiting Janette Good’s garden. This gorgeous higher altitude garden has an English garden feel.
DAY 8 Wednesday 16 October, 2024
We will first visit Hannah Moloney’s garden. Hannah is a popular presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia, regular contributor to ABC Gardening Australia magazine and author of two books. She is also director of Goodlife Permaculture, a business that teaches sustainability, landscape design and community building. Set on a very steep block, Hannah’s garden is a living demonstration of the principals of sustainability. We continue with a guided tour of picturesque Hobart before visiting ‘The Patch’ at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, an inspiring example of an urban community garden that was established in 1995. We will see lots of beautiful spring flowers and gorgeous new spring leaves on the mature trees in the Botanical Garden. The afternoon will be free for individual exploration, perhaps a visit to MONA or the Tasmanian Art Gallery.
DAY 9 Thursday 17 October, 2024
In the morning we visit Crawleighwood Garden. This wonderful two-hectare garden is nestled in the picturesque hills at Nicholls Rivulet near Cygnet in the beautiful Huon Valley. The garden features lush rhododendron woodland and rainforest with myrtles, rare and unusual plants, a wide variety of deciduous trees including maples, which will display their spring leaves, meandering paths, stone walls and a Gondwanan arboretum. In the afternoon, we visit Inverawe Native Gardens, Tasmania’s largest landscaped native garden. We will learn how this once weedy patch of wasteland was transformed into a delightful native garden that merges seamlessly into the wider landscape.
DAY 10 Friday 18 October, 2024
This morning we visit Susan McKinnon’s stunning garden. A landscape gardener who loves herbaceous perennials and grasses, we will enjoy her unique style. In the afternoon we travel through the Huon Valley to visit Eggs and Bacon Bay Cottage. The charming cottage sits on 0.2 hectares on the edge of the Huon River, a peaceful spot just up from Eggs and Bacon Bay. Looking out across a magnificent sea of colour, it is impossible to believe that there was no garden here at all when Anne Le Ferve moved in just before the Christmas of 2000. In the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner to say goodbye to Phil and group members.
DAY 11 Saturday 19 October, 2024
This morning we visit Corinda, an enchanting inner-city garden positioned around a beautifully restored Victorian house. A U-shaped walk of pleached linden trees that have been under planted with clipped box hedges, frames the garden. Flower-packed perennial beds overflow with colour, under mature trees, one of which is a 100-year-old magnolia tree. We continue to the airport early afternoon and the tour concludes. Please don’t book flights to depart before 2.00 pm.
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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.”