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The Wrap Up: Hidden Design Festival 2015

The Wrap Up: Hidden Design Festival 2015

Hidden Design Festival offers a look at some of Sydney’s most exciting, professionally designed gardens. Here’s a look at a bit of what caught our eye this year.

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​Sunday’s garden: Growing Heide

​Sunday’s garden: Growing Heide

A new book tells the story of one of Australia’s most culturally significant gardens – that at Heide, the home, for fifty years, of John and Sunday Reed.

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5 Best Garden Shows in the World

5 Best Garden Shows in the World

For jaw-dropping garden style and sheer floral beauty you can’t beat a walk around one of the world’s best garden shows. This is our pick of the top five, in no particular order.

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7 great ideas from Holland's Floriade

7 great ideas from Holland's Floriade

Once a decade the horticultural industry of Holland celebrates with a grand expo called Floriade. Each massive event is held in a different place and in 2012 it was carved out of a forest near Venlo, close to the Dutch border with Germany. Ideas? Well it had a few!

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A Taste of Japan

A Taste of Japan

The cherry blossom is divine, but don't miss these other quintessential Japanese experiences, advises Robin Powell.

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Al-Ru Farm

Al-Ru Farm

Ruth Irving’s garden at Al-Ru Farm in the Adelaide Hills is all romance and pretty pictures. Everywhere you look is a blossom-draped arbour, a flower-edged pathway or a swagged rose consorting with a frilly bearded iris in matching tones of antique lingerie. 

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Amazon Lily, Victoria amazonica

Amazon Lily, Victoria amazonica

A virtual tour to the places where the Amazon lily blooms reveals some incredible stories. 

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s botanical garden was a 17th century source of healing herbs and fascinating new food flavours. Robin Powell takes the long way there.

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Arylies

Arylies

Over a lifetime Bev McConnell has created one of the world’s great gardens – and it’s just outside Auckland.

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Australia's Best Rose Gardens

Australia's Best Rose Gardens

Need to know where to find the best rose gardens in Australia? We've done the hard yards for you, and here they are.

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Barcelona

Barcelona

Rooms without corners, ceilings slung with rose garlands, legends played out on windowsills – more than a century later Barcelona’s modernist architects are still a thrill, says Robin Powell.

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Bellavista

Bellavista

Holly Kerr Forsyth celebrates the landscape and people of country Australia in her new book ‘Country Gardens, Country Hospitality’. In this extract she introduces us to the garden of Anna and Don Carrazza, local food legends on the Murray.

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Bonsai Art Museum

Bonsai Art Museum

In April 2010, Ross Garden Tours was the first overseas tour group to visit the elegant new Bonsai Art Museum in the unique Omiya Bonsai district of Japan. Tour leader Carolyn Dwyer reports.

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Boongala

Boongala

An inspiring native garden rings bells for Linda Ross and to the sound of birdsong she changes her tune about the best plants to create pretty gardens.

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Bronte House

Bronte House

Bronte House does not open to the public often. So when the opportunity arises gardeners line up to catch a glimpse of this Sydney treasure. Catch Sandra Ross there at the Spring Open Day, September 18 2016. Carla Petit has been looking after the garden for four years, continuing a tradition of highly skilled gardeners who have cared for this histric house and garden. Here she tell us what's happening.

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Brussels

Brussels

Every two years Brussels lays out a dazzling tapestry of flowers in the Grand Place. Seeing it is just one of our list of top things to do in Brussels.

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Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Graham and Sandra were thrilled by the vibrancy and colour of Buenos Aires, where they have been researching a new tour itinerary. Graham shares some of their discoveries.

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Chelsea 2015

Chelsea 2015

After her first trip to the Chelsea Flower Show Robin Powell gave us her impressions. It was a show that reminded us of the beauty of nature barely gardened, and of gardens tended intensively.

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Chelsea: Graham Ross' Survival Tips

Chelsea: Graham Ross' Survival Tips

Tips to survive a day at Chelsea.

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Cloudehill

Cloudehill

Jeremy Francis tells the story of his magnificent garden in ‘Cloudehill: A year in the garden’. In this extract he describes how a garden inspired by the golden days of Edwardian Arts and Crafts Design began to take shape in the rich moist soils of the Dandenong Ranges.

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Country life

Country life

A romantically pretty country garden, on the edge of the city. That’s the dream of the owners of The Old Vicarage in London’s Petersham. Find out how they made it a reality in this excerpt from Great Gardens of London.


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Cruden Farm

Cruden Farm

Sandra Ross fulfilled a long-held dream when she and a group of our travellers were given a private tour of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s serenely beautiful garden.

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Garden festival planner: Melbourne

Garden festival planner: Melbourne

MIFGS blooms in Melbourne in March. Here’s how to turn a day at the show into a real garden festival

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Garden Festival Planner: Nambour

Garden Festival Planner: Nambour

Garden lovers flock to Nambour in winter for their fill of new plants, gadgets and ideas. Here’s how to turn a day at the show into a real garden festival.

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Garden Ideas from Appletern Garden Festival, Holland

Garden Ideas from Appletern Garden Festival, Holland

Visiting Appletern is like having your favourite garden magazine come to life. Around every corner of this vast garden showcase in Holland is a new page offering great ideas for your own garden: design, plants, planting combinations, paving options, sculpture, furniture and more.

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Garden Road Trip South Coast

Garden Road Trip South Coast

With verdant green dairy country on one side and pristine beaches on the other, the south coast of NSW is gorgeous country. Plan now to visit in spring, when open gardens add to the sights.

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Garden Road Trip: Adelaide

Garden Road Trip: Adelaide

Adelaide’s roses are a treat in both spring and in autumn, and there is plenty more to discover in a city that loves its gardens.


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Garden Road Trip: Mount Wilson

Garden Road Trip: Mount Wilson

The village of Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney is famous for its cool climate gardens, which in spring are a picture! Our advice? Make a day of it!

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Garden Road Trip: Olinda

Garden Road Trip: Olinda

Stands of giant mountain ash and lush tree ferns adorn even the roadsides around Olinda, in the Dandenong Ranges, just outside Melbourne. Landscape designer and local, Philip Johnson shared some favourite horticultural haunts.

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Garden Road Trip: Rydal

Garden Road Trip: Rydal

Hosts of golden daffodils dance in the wind when the tiny village of Rydal, just east of Lithgow, celebrates the Daffodils at Rydal festival. Robin Powell takes you there.

 


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Garden Road Trip: Singapore

Garden Road Trip: Singapore

The Singapore stopover might once have been about shopping, but now it’s about gardens. Add these destinations to your itinerary.

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Goldfields

Goldfields

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Great Ideas

Great Ideas

Want some great garden ideas. Grab some tips and trends from the professionals who showed gardens in this year’s Hidden Design Festival.


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Great ideas from Country Victoria

Great ideas from Country Victoria

We found plenty of inspiration on our Ross Garden Tour of country Victoria last spring. Here are a few of our favourite ideas – all worth including in your own garden.

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Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu is more than just a waterfall, says an exhilarated Robin Powell

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In My Garden: Wendy Whiteley

Wendy Whiteley’s harbourside garden is Sydney’s secret public park. Here Wendy tells us about the garden in Autumn.



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In our garden: Wildwood

In our garden: Wildwood

A cool-climate garden of five acres gives Sue and Wayne Tapping room to grow the beauties they love. Here they share what’s keeping them busy this spring


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Is Villa Gamberaia the most romantic garden in Italy?

Is Villa Gamberaia the most romantic garden in Italy?

We join a long line of world-weary travellers who have fallen for the charms of Villa Gamberaia hook, line and sinker.

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Italian Lakes

Italian Lakes

Glamour and romance are the twin themes of a stay in Stressa. Robin Powell took a room with a view and was enchanted.

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Jaipur - The Pink City

Jaipur - The Pink City

Bustle, colour, beauty and great stories: Peter Whitehead reveals some of the allure of Jaipur, and tells why he can’t wait to take Ross Garden tours first trip to India.

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Japan in Autumn

Japan in Autumn

Cherry blossom season might make all the headlines but Graham says that in autumn Japan glows with a gentle beauty.

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Japanese Garden Design Ideas

Japanese garden design offers some great ideas to gardeners. With a bit of imagination we can incorporate aspects and approaches that enhance our gardens without turning them Japanese

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Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

We love Japanese gardens so much we visit twice a year: in spring to catch the fleeting magic of the cherry blossom season; and again in autumn when the maples and chrysanthemums are at their best. 

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Lambley's Garden

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Longwood

Longwood

Money isn't an essential ingredient of a great garden, but my, can’t it help! Michael McCoy reports on how the dollars show at the lavishly loved Longwood Gardens.

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Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island

Hobart’s Botanic Gardens is home to an unusual glasshouse with a collection of plants from Australia’s sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. Robin Powell wrapped up warm to collect stories from one of the wildest places on earth.

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Marqueyssac

Marqueyssac

When it comes to box, this iconic French garden thinks outside the square! No flowers, few trees, few paths, but amazing views – and more than 150,000 sculpted box.

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Meet Pat and Bill Rhodin Tulip Tops gardeners

Meet Pat and Bill Rhodin Tulip Tops gardeners

Meet Pat and Bill Rhodin, Tulip Tops gardeners. They work hard all year to make this garden's spring display something memorable

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Meet Robert Price

Meet Robert Price

Meet: Bob Price, founder and curator, Mexico’s Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Bob Price plan was to conserve Mexico’s unique flora and birdlife and the Vallarta Botanical Gardens he founded to help achieve that were recently included on the list of Top Ten Public Gardens in America you should visit.

 


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Meet the Lindesay gardeners

Meet the Lindesay gardeners

Every Thursday morning a group of garden lovers gathers in the beautiful grounds of Lindesay in Darling Point and gets to work. Here Robin Powell talks to the group about their passionate connection to this historic house and garden


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