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Outings Across the Garden State & the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

Melbourne Return

Trip Code: BTM5
5 Days
24 March 2025

Trip Highlights

Melbourne Flower Show

Enjoy a full day at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

An Australian First

See Phillip Johnson’s ‘Australian Garden’, a replica of his Best in Show winning design at Chelsea Flower Show.

Visit the Diggers Club Gardens

Participate in gardening workshops during visits to The Garden of St Erth, Cloudehill, and Heronswood.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • Travel with a small group of 15-25 guests, escorted by an expert Botanical Guide 
  • Includes four nights’ accommodation in a centrally located five-star hotel, return private airport-to-hotel transfers, plus eight meals and select beverages
  • Relax aboard a spacious coach with an experienced and informative Coach Captain
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Experience the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, including a pre-visit lecture
  • Visit the Diggers Foundation gardens of St Erth, Cloudehill & Heronswood. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit to the heirloom vegetable trial and production gardens with the head gardeners
  • Explore the garden of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Cruden Farm
  • Tour the nursery of Antique Perennials to learn more about this style of garden

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Fitness Rating: Low - involves walking on uneven surfaces and stairs, and being able to stand up for up to one hour, while keeping up with the pace of the group
  • Group size: 15-25 guests
  • Prices are for land only, flights not included
Melbourne Return

Designed exclusively for our guests

Melbourne Flower & Garden Show

Visit the largest horticultural event in the southern hemisphere held annually in the Carlton Gardens.

Depart Melbourne Marriott Hotel at 8.30am. Travel to the Mornington Peninsula to visit Heronswood Garden in Dromana, the home of the Diggers Club, and enjoy a tasting plate lunch. Have a behind-the-scenes visit to the heirloom vegetable trial and production gardens with the head gardeners to learn about growing your own vegetables from heirloom seeds. Afterwards visit Cruden Farm, home of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. Explore the expansive gardens which Dame Elisabeth was so fond of.

Stay: Four Nights: Melbourne, Marriott Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Visit the Garden of St Erth, one of Australia’s most exciting cool-climate gardens and home to a collection of rare and unusual plants. Enjoy a gardening demonstration and tour by one of the Diggers Club gardeners before having some free time in Trentham. Afterwards enjoy a special garden tour of Stonefields, by one of the property's gardeners. Stonefields is heavily influenced by the philosophy of Italian hill villas and gardens.

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  • Breakfast

Travel to the Yarra Valley to visit the Edible Forest. With over 300 plants growing within a one-acre forest garden, everything is either edible or medicinal.  Then travel to Alowyn Gardens, a beautiful garden designed along strong symmetrical lines. Continue to Kinglake to visit Antique Perennials nursery and display garden, where you’ll see hard-to-find perennials, bulbs, grasses and alpines. During dinner tonight, enjoy a special Melbourne Flower Show lecture by regular judge Teena Crawford. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Melbourne Flower Show

Visit the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

Enjoy a full day at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Regarded as the largest and most successful horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere, it is rated among the top five flower and garden shows in the world.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Visit the acclaimed Cloudehill Garden, with its extensive herbaceous borders, roses and azalea walks. Enjoy a Farewell Lunch at the beautiful Fortnums Restaurant. Afterwards, visit the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden and admire the new Australian Garden, designed by Phillip Johnson—this is a replica of the award-winning garden Phillip exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013. Return to Melbourne, where our tour concludes at the Marriott Hotel at 5.00pm. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Would not hesitate to recommend Botanica and we are already looking into our next adventure.