Deryn Thorpe is a fanatical gardener, passionate about communicating her love of gardening to others. She is an award winning garden journalist, writing regularly for Gardening Australia magazine and other gardening publications. She co-presents the multi-award winning ‘All The Dirt’ www.allthedirt.com.au , Australia’s most popular gardening podcast. Deryn has edited garden books and worked as a garden TV presenter and is a regular presenter on ABC garden radio and a vivacious and popular speaker at festivals and garden clubs. She volunteered for six years with Open Gardens Australia and opened her own beautiful, cottage style garden to the public. She is an Honourary Life Member of the Horticultural Media Association Australia (HMAA) and the Nursery and Garden Industry WA. Deryn loves showing people the world, worked as a European tour guide in the 1980s and has led garden tours in Australia and overseas since the 1990s.VIEW ITINERARY
Day 1 Tuesday 11 October, 2022 Devonport
Tour members will meet at Launceston airport. Please book a flight to arrive in Launceston no later than 2.30 pm. We will travel to visit Old Wesleydale, a peaceful English garden abounding with hedges and walls, productive potager and lovely vistas. Features include a walled garden, picking garden and glass house, the terrace garden and a new aviary building, ha-ha wall, Lake Walk and sculptured elephant hedge. In the evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet Deryn Thorpe.
Day 2 Wednesday 12 October, 2022 Devonport
This morning we visit Table Cape Farm, which specializes in growing tulips. They should be spectacular in full flower at the time of our visit. In the afternoon we visit Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens. It’s unique design makes it one of Australia’s major rhododendron gardens.
Day 3 Thursday 13 October, 2022 Launceston
We will first visit the Tasmanian Arboretum. It consists of thirty-three hectares of peaceful treed landscape covered with gorgeous spring leaves. We continue with a visit to Kaydale lodge, a unique large country garden spanning two hectares with features such as woodland ponds, streams, waterfalls, 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.
Day 4 Friday 14 October, 2022 Launceston
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 recognized rose families. 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. First settled in 1825 by William Archer, it has been owned and farmed by the same family for over one hundred and eighty years.
Day 5 Saturday 15 October, 2022 Launceston
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 to 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. Deryn will point out the highlights of this wonderful garden.
Day 6 Sunday 16 October, 2022 Launceston
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 Monday 17 October, 2022 Hobart
We travel to Hobart today, visiting Janette and Jason Good’s garden. This gorgeous higher altitude garden has an English garden feel.
Day 8 Tuesday 18 October, 2022 Hobart
We will have a guided tour of picturesque Hobart before visiting the ‘Patch’ at the Hobart Botanical Garden, an inspiring example of an urban community garden that was first started in 1995. We will see gorgeous new spring leaves on the mature trees in the Botanical Garden and beautiful spring flowers. The afternoon will be free for a visit to MONA or the Tasmanian Art Gallery.
Day 9 Wednesday 19 October, 2022 Hobart
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 about the challenges faced by early botanists in dealing with native plants.
Day 10 Thursday 20 October, 2022 Hobart
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 Deryn and group members.
Day 11 Friday 21 October, 2022 Departure
This morning we visit Corinda, an enchanting inner-city garden positioned around a beautifully restored Victorian house. A pleached linden tree walk in the shape of a U is 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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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, License number 30858 (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.
Deposit and Payment: A deposit of $500 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form. 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. Deposits will not be refunded. Full payment will be refunded up to 46 days before departure.
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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.”