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7 – 15 NOVEMBER 2019


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Victoria’s fine country gardens at the peak spring flush. Meet the gardeners behind each masterpiece. See old favourites and exciting new cutting edge gardens: including David Glenn’s Lambley, Paul Bangay’s Stonefields, Dame Elizabeth’s Cruden Farm and Stuart Rattle’s Musk Farm.
Thursday 7 November 2019
Home port – Flinders (D)

Meet your Ross Tour leader at Sydney Domestic Airport for your Qantas flight to Melbourne. We’ll head off to Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, a showcase of Australian flora that will give us a whole new appreciation of our unique Aussie plants, all designed with contemporary flair. See the Australian Garden in the comfort of the Garden Explorer Bus, it’s a great way to explore the gardens. Drive down the Mornington Peninsula and check into the stylish Flinders Hotel for four nights. Welcome dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

Friday 8 November 2019
Mornington Peninsular Gardens(B/L/D)

Exciting and cutting edge: two contrasting gardens today. The first is designed with flair and fine plantsmanship by Paul Bangay to compliment the symmetry of the Palladian style architecture. There’s a formal walled garden divided into a series of rooms. Lunch included today at Heronswood, Dromana, home of the Diggers Club. Then a walk around its famous suite of gardens with interesting planting combinations of heirloom vegetables and perennials. Dinner is included tonight.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

Saturday 9 November 2019
Gippsland Gardens(B/D)

Travel into the lakes district of Gippsland today to visit two exceptional private gardens. The first is filled with roses; a romantic garden complements a French style rammed earth home, mud brick barn, dovecote and ‘Palais de poulet’. Parterre beds in the front of the house are crammed with roses, perennials and annuals. Crab apple and dogwood walks lead to gardens and old fashion roses. Herb garden, vegetable garden, orchard and olive grove complete the picture. Next stop is a David Musker’s Broughton Hall, a formal garden that sits comfortably on a hill overlooking the Tarago Reservoir. David will show us through his garden that nestles into a grand landscape. We’ll stay for dinner and a twilight stroll through this garden of intimate spaces, grand vistas and abundant planting of good combinations of foliage, texture and colour.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

Sunday 10 November 2019
Cruden Farm (B/L)

Cruden Farm, one of Australia’s most iconic and beautiful country gardens is our glorious destination this morning. The garden of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, who arrived as a young bride 80 years ago. Dame Elisabeth loved this garden that she designed and planted all those years ago; the lake, the borders, picking garden, shrub walks and the famous avenue of lemon-scented gums that leads to the house. Morning tea will be served after our stroll around the lake and through the borders. Lunch in another tranquil garden, designed with outstanding features: walled garden, Italianate garden, native garden, vegetables and rich flower borders. The terrace overlooks a lawn which rolls down to the vineyard.

Accommodation: Flinders Hotel, Flinders

Monday 11 November 2019
Flinders – Ballarat (B/L)

A ferry ride this morning from Sorrento to Queenscliff. Lunch is included today on the Bellarine Peninsula with award-winning wines, great food and superb views across Port Phillip Bay. We are heading to Ballarat with a stop to visit the garden of one of Geelong’s oldest surviving Georgian homes. Over the past few years, the owners have been peeling back layers of history to reveal an elegant survivor of a bygone era. Check into Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat for four nights.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

Tuesday 12 November 2019
Ballarat (B/L)

You’ll fall in love with this charming flower garden at Scarsdale. Plant stands are encrusted with succulents and the garden is filled with iris, roses and perennials jostling for space, all laid out with a magic sense of play. Next stop is Ballarat’s Botanical Garden, one of Australia’s most significant cool climate gardens, for a guided walk and a peep into the famous conservatory. Lunch included today, then a guided walking tour of Ballarat’s historic downtown precinct.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

Wednesday 13 November 2019
Lambley and Musk Farm (B/L)

Two amazing gardens today! The first is one of Australia’s finest, Burnside, the garden of David Glenn at Lambley Nursery. David will show us his masterful garden, always filled with bees, butterflies and birds, and he will teach us about dry climate gardening…it’s magical! Lunch included today on Lake Daylesford. An afternoon stroll through beautiful Musk Farm; a haven, a work of art and a legacy. In 1998 the late Australian society interior-designer Stuart Rattle purchased the dilapidated Musk schoolhouse and surrounding grounds. Over the following few decades, it was to become his most enduring project – a true labour of love, with every detail of the buildings and grounds carefully considered. A sanctuary where Rattle could freely express his great sense of style.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

Thursday 14 November 2019
Stonefields (B/L/D)

Frogmore this morning in the beautiful Central Highlands with a boutique nursery full of interesting plants. Be tempted with a wide range of perennials, seeds, bulbs and shrubs. Lunch with celebrity chef, Annie Smithers, who is throwing open the gates to her prolific private kitchen garden just for us. It’s the source of 90% of the food served in her famous little French farmhouse restaurant, du Fermier in Trentham. We’ll discover her extensive and productive garden and then savour Annie’s delicious lunch. Another highlight this afternoon, a superstar of a garden at Paul Bangay’s “Stonefields”. Paul will show us through a series of formal garden rooms, that fade out into the surrounding farm. Parterres of box and tulips soften to a woodland of dogwoods. There is a rose garden of deep burgundy roses and iris, deep herbaceous borders, a formal pond garden full of white rugosa roses and pleached hornbeam hedges, an apple walk under-planted with Buxus spheres and the odd peacock. Trust us, it needs to be seen to be believed! Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat

Friday 15 November 2019
Ballarat – Home (B/L)

On our way to Tullamarine for our homeward flight, we will stop at The Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden, the only complete collection in Australia, of the surviving roses of the great Australian rose breeder, Alister Clark. He released 122 new varieties of roses between 1912 and his death in 1949. Some of his famous roses were Lorraine Lee, Blackboy and Nancy Hayward. Lunch included today at Living Legends, where you can meet and mingle with retired champion racehorses, and visit the historic homestead and gardens. Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight.



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  • Return group airfare Sydney / Melbourne / Sydney
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 8 nights with breakfast daily
  • Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Lambley Nursery, Blake Garden, Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Stonefields, Cruden Farm, Heronswood, The Garden Vineyard, Picardy Garden, Broughton Hall, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne, Musk Farm, Frogmore, Villa Lettisier.
  • Fully escorted by Carolyn Dwyer

Twin Share including airfare $4,795 per person
Twin Share land only $4,450 per person
Single Supplement $1,095

All prices in Australian dollars
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
Airfare price is based on departure from Sydney


Early Bird discount $100 (Book and pay before 5 July 2019)
Previous Traveller Discount $50
Garden Clinic Member discount $50

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