17-27 October 2018
Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges
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Day 1: Fine Dining
Wednesday 17 October 2018 | $230
9am to 5pm
Karwarra Australian Plant Garden, Kalorama - Guests meet here from 9.00 am for a 10.00 am departure.
The gardens featured on this day include:
Phillip Johnson, Olinda - Sustainable habitats that help to heal the earth and create spaces to completely unwind. For over 20 years, award-winning Landscape Designer, Phillip Johnson, has successfully created ways in sustainable landscape design to exceed the demands of increasing water restrictions and climatic changes.
Coonara Springs, Olinda - This magnificent, European style garden was first established in 1920 and remodelled in 2015 to showcase its mature tree canopy and extensive stonework. The garden has typical 'Edna Walling’ traits with separate ‘garden rooms’, feature trees, stone walls and signature plants such as Azaleas.
A fine dining experience in the Coonara Springs Restaurant; contemporary Australian cuisine founded on a philosophy of house-made, locally-sourced produce that celebrates the region's offerings.
Bickleigh Vale Village, Mooroolbark - Located in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, this is the original 10-hectare village, built and landscaped by one of Australia's most influential garden designers, Edna Walling. Created in the 1920s, Walling lived at Bickleigh Vale for most of her life, naming it after the village in Devon, England, where she was raised.
Karwarra Australian Plant Garden, Kalorama - A two-hectare garden is one of our hidden jewels featuring more than 1,400 different species of native plants. Established in 1965, Karwarra is one of the few public gardens where native plants are used exclusively, giving visitors the opportunity to see how they can be used effectively as part of a landscaped garden.
After our tour, feel free to walk around the garden with a glass of wine and hors-d'oeuvres before retiring to your own accommodation or make your way home.