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A special selection of NSW Gardens
on tour with Graham Ross

7 – 16 MARCH 2022

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ITINERARY
A brand new tour around NSW to discover which gardens tick all the boxes for Graham Ross. Exclusive access has been arranged to a stable of private gardens, all with fine pedigree. This tour starts and finishes in Sydney.

DAY 1
Monday 7 March 2022
Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney (D)

Check in to the 5-star, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, next to the historic Rocks district and Circular Quay, for two nights.
Meet up with your Tour Leader Graham Ross in the lobby, ready for a gentle stroll through The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Opened in 1816, it’s the oldest botanical garden and scientific institution in Australia. Graham was trustee here for 10 years and maintains close connection with all aspects of the fine work done here. Welcome Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney

DAY 2
Tuesday 8 March 2022
Vaucluse House (B/L)

Today we explore the leafy Eastern Suburbs, starting with the State Heritage listed Paddington Reservoir Gardens. Hailed as a blend of the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. A unique and very special part of Sydney’s history. Continue east to Vaucluse House, one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by original gardens and wooded grounds. Purchased in 1827 by colonial explorer, barrister and politician William Charles Wentworth, the original single-storey cottage was developed over the next four decades into a large, family home. Vaucluse House was Australia’s first house museum and this morning we tour the house and immerse ourselves in the intriguing stories of the people who lived here. Once a huge estate covering nearly all of Vaucluse, today 26 acres are a reminder of the property’s early grandeur. Restored pleasure gardens, kitchen gardens and paddocks co-exist with native bushland and a beach frontage: this estate is exquisite – a hidden Sydney treasure. Lunch is included today. We continue our exploration of historic Sydney gardens this afternoon, at a heritage listed Historic House where the current residents have breathed new life into this beautiful old house and garden.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney

DAY 3
Wednesday 9 March 2022
Mt Annan & Everglades (B/L/D)

We are heading to Leura today, with a stop at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan to visit The Australian PlantBank, with amazingly beautiful bushfire resistant architecture.
The PlantBank is the largest native plant conservation seedbank in Australia, with over 11,000 collections. Seed storage, micro-plant tissues and propagation activities will all be visible on this private tour; an exciting insight into the protection of our Australian flora. There will also be an opportunity to view the ‘soon to be open’ multi-million-dollar National Herbarium next door. Lunch is included today.
Next stop is Everglades in Leura, the impeccably maintained ‘Paul Sorenson’ garden now managed by the National Trust NSW. Check in to the Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, Leura for four nights with dinner included in the hotel this evening.

Accommodation: Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, Leura

DAY 4
Thursday 10 March 2022
Mt Wilson Gardens (B/L)

The heritage garden village of Mount Wilson is our destination today. First up is Nooroo, home to the Valder family for 75 years and now manicured to perfection by Tony and Lorraine Barrett in their 30 years stewardship of this, one of Australia’s finest private gardens.
Windy Ridge is next, the showcase of Rodger Davidson and his late wife Wai. Exquisite cool climate plants including nerines, Japanese maples, hydrangeas and peonies with lunch included.

Accommodation: Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, Leura

DAY 5
Friday 11 March 2022
Little Hartley Gardens (B/L)

The gardens of three fine plantsmen today in the hamlet of Little Hartley. Gory’u is first, where Alan Jackson has spent the past 25 years carefully crafting his 3 Ha Japanese Garden. The result is magnificent!
Highfields is next, a new and ambitious terraced garden of David Kennedy. Sited to take advantage of magnificent views and full sun, Highfields is a horticultural triumph. Borders are dense with incredibly beautiful and complex plantings. Dry gardens thrive without ever knowing a hose, and rare grasses and perennials fill a meadow. It’s not surprising this garden has received international acclaim in a very short time. Lunch is included today.
With an esteemed career spanning three decades, Stephen Vella’s brilliant talent in plant selection and design is apparent immediately upon entering Wild Meadows. Offering drama in every season, but in autumn it glows – literally – as dogwoods, maples and crabapples change colour and russet-coloured grasses sway in the breeze. Return to Leura.

Accommodation: Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, Leura

DAY 6
Saturday 12 March 2022
Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens (B/L)

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah is first today, with its collection of cool climate plants, under close scrutiny and impeccable care. Graham was broadcasting for its opening in 1987 and has been involved with many of the decisions that have made this garden the gem it is today. It is the only Botanic Garden anywhere in the world, located within a UNESCO World Heritage Area. Lunch is included today.
Long-time friend and colleague, Don Schofield has been creating his garden Winterwood in Mount Tomah for almost 40 years. It’s been a labour of love for this true plantsman with his collections of rare and heritage varieties. At the time of our visit, we hope his favourite nerines will be flowering. Don also breeds new varieties and grows cut flowers (peonies and ranunculus) for florists. Return to Leura.

Accommodation: Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, Leura

DAY 7
Sunday 13 March 2022
Mayfield Garden (B/L/D)

Oberon is our first stop this morning to visit Mayfield Garden.
Nestled within a 5000-acre working farm in a quiet valley in Oberon is the extraordinary private garden of Mayfield, a spectacular, world-class 65-hectare cool climate garden, the largest in Australia. Inspired by the great European gardens, there is much to see here; stunning seasonal plantings, unique follies and exquisitely designed garden areas including the Water Garden. A triumph of garden design with groves of oaks, beech, conifers, birch and colourful collections of maples. Our private tour reveals both the highlights and the hidden gems. Lunch is included today. Travel on to Orange and check in to our hotel, The Remington, for three nights. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: The Remington, Orange

DAY 8
Monday 14 March 2022
Japanese Garden Cowra (B/L)

We are heading to the famous Cowra Japanese Garden this morning with a stop in Canowindra at Perennialle Plants Nursery. Stroll around the Cowra Japanese Garden with Graham, who attended the opening in 1979. Designed by world renowned architect Ken Nakajima, this garden is more than just a garden, it is a powerful symbol of good will, encouraging reconciliation and peace. The design of the garden is a copy of the first Japanese landscape garden “”Kaiyu shiki”” (Strolling Garden) built by the first Japanese Shogun Tokugawa in the 16th century A.D. Lunch is included today. Travel back to Orange.

Accommodation: The Remington, Orange

DAY 9
Tuesday 15 March 2022
The Garden Curator (B/D)

A day in and around Orange. First stop is the ‘The Garden Curator’, Colleen Southwell is inspired by her garden, the natural environment, everyday objects and a commitment to celebrating beauty in the little things. Underpinned by the “SLOW” philosophy upon which the Slow Food movement has been built, “Slow Gardening” encourages us to savour our gardens throughout the seasons and live in the here and now. Peek into Colleen’s delightful tin shed art studio and view her exquisite artworks, which have been receiving rave reviews in recent exhibitions. Country style morning tea on Colleen’s terrace overlooking her garden and farm. Heritage-listed Cook Park. Established in 1873, much of the park’s original Victorian design remains. See hundreds of begonias in bloom in the ‘Blowes Conservatory’ and the magnificent tree collection of elms, cedars, bunya bunya pine and the giant sequoia ‘Hug Tree’.
Farewell Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: The Remington, Orange

DAY 10
Wednesday 16 March 2022
Orange to Home (B/L)

Homeward bound this morning as we leave Orange with a stop just outside Bathurst at Sarah Ryan’s Hillandale. Meet this brilliant plantswoman who has made a garden of exquisite beauty with skill and flair. Her 120m long flower border is a work of genius, planned and executed with such skill that there is a succession of flowers from October through to April. Morning tea and lunch is included today. Continue on to Sydney Central.

HOW TO BOOK

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CANCELLATIONS

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, and all other travel arrangements.
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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
GRAHAM ROSS
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • 4 star accommodation for 9 nights with breakfast daily
  • 8 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Vaucluse House, Plant Bank at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan, Everglades, Nooroo, Windy Ridge, Highfields, Gory’u, Wild Meadows, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah, Mayfield Garden, Perennialle Plant Nursery, Cowra Japanese Garden, The Garden Curator, Cook Park, Hillandale.
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share per person $4,895 pp
Single Supplement $1,395

All prices in Australian dollars
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
Price is based on departure

DISCOUNTS

Book and pay in full by 7 December 2021 to receive the Early Bird Discount of $200.00 per person off the final instalment.
Previous Traveller $100
Garden Clinic Member $50

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