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La vie en rose

La vie en rose

Delight in the magic of Walter and Kay Duncan’s dreamy landscape, The Heritage Garden, in Clare Valley, South Australia.

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Our forever garden

Our forever garden

When two gardeners settle into a home and garden there could be fireworks. In our case, it’s been a joyful 35-year journey, which we hope will last forever. Read More
Festival of Flowers

Festival of Flowers

After 40 glorious spring ‘Cherry Blossom’ and autumn tours to Japan, I realised there was so much more than this ephermal favourite. Wisteria, iris, azalea, and peony are all celebrated with bespoke festivals.

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Historic Gem

Historic Gem

Anlaby Station, the oldest sheep station in South Australia, 85km north of Adelaide, is being given a well-deserved new lease on life.

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Meet: Phillip Johnson

Meet: Phillip Johnson

The first and only Australian to win both a Gold Medal and Best in Show at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show. And best of all, his 2013 award-winning garden is finally coming home. 

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Out of this World

Out of this World

They say all good things must come to an end. Oh but, what an end it is. It’s the final installment of Michael McCoy’s four-part travel series; he’s saved the best for last.

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A garden for all seasons

A garden for all seasons

In the Southern Highlands NSW, horticulturist and plantsman Les Musgrave, cleverly plays with nature’s shapes, textures, and colours to create a garden with year-round interest. Read More
​Postcards from the Garden World

​Postcards from the Garden World

Views, reports, and travel tips from the world of Ross Garden Tours

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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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Better balcony gardens

Better balcony gardens

In this extract from his new book ‘Small Garden Design’, Paul Bangay shares his tips for that most difficult small garden - the balcony.

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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 magic

Chelsea magic

Chelsea is a magical garden world as full of dreams and emotion as it of of sheer hard work and skill. We took three groups on Opening Day this year and asked the tour leaders to tell us what moved them most.

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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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Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

Most of us choose to garden where we live; Dominic Wong chose to live where he wanted to garden.

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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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Cuttings from the Garden World

Cuttings from the Garden World

Here's what's happening  in the garden world this winter.

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Drummond

Drummond

Drummond Castle’s formal gardens, based on the flag of Scotland and the family’s own standard, are justly famous and surprisingly fun.

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Eryldene: The Professor and the Camellia

Eryldene: The Professor and the Camellia

Jane Garling explains why E.G. Waterhouse had such a massive influence on Australian gardens.


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Five of the Best: Oudolf gardens

Five of the Best: Oudolf gardens

Piet Oudolf has changed the way we think about gardens. His planting designs of perennials and grasses are romantic, exciting, enriching and inspiring. These are some of our favourites.


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Five of the best: rose gardens

Five of the best: rose gardens

Discover five of the best gardens to admire the beauty of roses.

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Garden festival planner: Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival

Garden festival planner: Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival

The Loire Valley is renowned as ‘France’s Garden’, and in summer it hosts an international design festival that imagines the future of gardening.

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Garden festival planner: Chelsea Flower show

Garden festival planner: Chelsea Flower show

Chelsea is the prize bloom of the world's garden shows, and the reputation is well-deserved. Here Robin Powell shares her observations on what has been another breath-taking Chelsea Flower Show.

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Garden Festival Planner: Floriade

Garden Festival Planner: Floriade

In spring the national capital is all about Floriade. Here’s how to add more gardens to its tulip beds and party atmosphere.

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