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21 NOVEMBER 2020


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Join our first “Day with a Designer” tour and spend the day with Landscape Garden Designer Peter Nixon on the beautiful Central Coast. Tour Peter’s stunning private garden ’Sea-Changer’, then its lunch together at Impact Café, located in the lush surrounds of Impact Plants Nursery at Empire Bay. After lunch, head into the nursery with Peter for some expert advice and save 10% on your plants.


Saturday 21 November 2020
Beecroft – Central Coast

Peter Nixon’s ‘Sea Changer’ garden on the Central Coast is a gorgeous subtropical oasis. There is such a sense of permanence and abundance in the garden, that it’s hard to believe only 5 years ago, this idyllic retreat was a patch of lawn with few trees or shrubs. It’s an extraordinary transformation and testimony to Peter’s vision, plant knowledge and design skill. Peter is passionate about using subtropical plants in his gardens, as these beautiful plants thrive in Sydney’s frost free growing conditions, providing year-round interest with few pest problems and low maintenance requirements.

With its lush tapestry of foliage, shape and texture, this garden is a hidden jewel and it’s no wonder, ‘Sea Changer’ has caught the media’s attention. Just last year, Graham Ross visited Peter’s garden with Better Homes and Gardens. The segment is a fabulous look at ‘Sea Changer’ and will get you very excited for what you’ll see on your visit! You can watch Graham and Peter at ‘Sea Changer’ here.

Your Day with A Designer starts with a walk & talk with Peter through ‘Sea Changer’. You’ll be introduced to many plants you won’t have seen before and Peter has kindly prepared a handout listing the plant highlights – this will come in handy later in the day when you go plant shopping. The garden boldly demonstrates the benefits of incorporating cool subtropical plants into your garden. An added bonus to using these plants, is many are bird attracting. There are so many take-homes from this garden, including plenty of savvy design tips shared from Peter’s 30-year career of garden design.

After your garden tour, we head to Empire Bay for lunch and shopping. Impact Plant Nursery is a specialist subtropical plant nursery with a gorgeous Café within its grounds. This is an ideal lunch spot to enjoy a meal with Peter and relax. Later, simply walk with Peter from the café to the Nursery and start shopping! There’s plenty of room on the bus for purchases and with Peter’s expert advice, this is a great chance to find something new for your own garden.

We’d love you to join us on this fun and inspirational day trip. Bring along your favourite gardening friend or come solo and meet like-minded planty people. Ross Tours day trips are the perfect way to explore Sydney and discover local garden gems!

Lunch is included. Please advise of any dietary intolerances or allergies at the time of booking.

There is a moderate amount of walking on this tour. Please ensure you wear suitable comfortable shoes.

The bus departs/returns from 83 Beecroft Rd, Beecroft NSW 2119. This is the Ross Tours / Garden Clinic office. Tea & coffee is available pre-departure. Bathroom facilities are available. There is no onsite parking. Tour guests can be dropped off or park in nearby streets. We are a 5 minute walk from Beecroft Railway Station.



To secure your booking and make your deposit, please complete our online booking form. You will be contacted by a Ross Tours Travel Manager to confirm your details and preferred method of payment.


Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.
Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.
Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.

Cancellations must be sent in writing.
Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.
All prices in Australian Dollars. Prices based on minimum 15 passengers.
Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions

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  • Air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Private tour with Peter Nixon in Sea Changer garden
  • lunch at Impact Café
  • shopping time at Impact Plants Specialist Nursery with 10% off your purchases
  • Pre departure refreshments
  • Bottled water
  • Fully escorted by Kirsty Noble

$215 per person


Saturday, 21 November, 2020
Departs 8.30am from:
Ross Garden Tours HQ,
83 Beecroft Rd, Beecroft NSW

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