Gardening writer Maureen Lucas and her husband Paul will escort a tour of some of the best gardens in NSW and the ACT with The Senior and Travelrite International in September.
The 12-night tour to Canberra, the Blue Mountains, the Hunter Valley and Sydney will include a feast of wonderful gardens - both public and private.
In the Blue Mountains, there are visits to Mayfield Garden in Oberon, one of the world's largest privately owned cool-climate gardens; Nooroo in Mt Wilson, started by William Hay in 1880 and developed by the Valder family over 75 years; and the Everglades in Leura, the grandest example of the work of designer Paul Sorenson.
No visit to the region would be complete without checking out the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah. There's also chance to visit Withycombe at Mt Wilson, a beautiful and elegant garden begun in 1878 by George Henry Cox.
The cherry tree walk at Bilpin's Wildwood Garden, on the way to the Hunter Valley, should be in flower.
Travelling to Sydney, there's a stop at the delightful Edogowa Commemorative Garden in Gosford on the Central Coast. This peaceful space was designed in accordance with the principles of the Japanese Hein period 700 AD. It is based on a traditional strolling style.
A tour highlight is a visit to Wendy's Secret Garden in Lavender Bay. After the death of her artist husband Brett Whiteley in 1992, Wendy Whiteley started clearing rubbish from the unused railway land in front of her house. She had no idea what she would find, but beneath the rubble were large Moreton Bay Figs, bamboo and other plants used as the bones for the garden she has created today.
The Garden Exploration of Canberra, the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley with Maureen and Paul Lucas runs from September 18-30 and is priced at $4495 per person twin share ($5670 singles). This includes sightseeing tours and garden visits, led by Maureen and Paul, first class coach travel, four nights' accommodation in Canberra, three nights' in the Blue Mountains, three nights in the Hunter Valley and two nights' in Sydney including breakfast and welcome and farewell dinners and lunch at a Hunter Valley winery.
Details from Travelrite, 1800-630-343. Full tour details HERE
- NOTE: As well as being a regular contributor to The Senior, Maureen and her husband Paul are both nationally qualified judges in their fields, Maureen in horticulture and Paul in photography. Their award-winning garden in Melbourne, which has been accredited as a Garden for Wildlife, has opened to the public many times. Together the couple has travelled to every continent and more than 85 countries.