Travel with me

All my favourite things come together on tour – food, gardens, travel.  I lead small groups of like-minded people and we have fun. Here’s what’s coming up:

Japan in Spring
1-15 April, 2017
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I’ve visited Japan many times but never managed to catch the cherry blossoms. But this year it’s on! We’ll follow the cherry blossom as it blooms across Kyoto, Kanazawa, Nikko and Tokyo. There’ll be serene zen gardens, beautifully maintained stroll gardens, tiny personal pocket gardens, and masterful horticulture in a 15-day itinerary that allows plenty of time to experience the ancient traditions and eye-popping modernity that makes Japan such an exhilarating destination. Read the full itinerary here. You’ll see Graham Ross listed as tour leader. Graham will take one group and I’ll lead another.

Bathurst Spring Spectacular
October 26 – 31, 2017
Ross Garden Tours

Mayfield Garden

As well as some fine private gardens in Bathurst that are open for the annual spring festival, we’ll visit the immensely ambitious Mayfield in Oberon (that’s it above), the beautiful Hillandale in Yetholme, and the amazing garden of iris specialist Rainbow Ridge in Millthorpe. The stunning countryside of the Central West shines in spring and we’ll see it at it’s best. The full itinerary isn’t online yet, but go to Ross Garden Tours and register your interest.

Inside Victoria
November 13-21
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Stonefields, Paul Bangay

We had a ball on this tour last year, and this year’s version is even better, with a visit to Fiona Brockoff’s world-renowned Karkalla and Rick Eckersley’s Musk Farm joining other standout gardens, including Paul Bangay’s very impressive Stonefields, shown here and David Musker’s Broughton Hall. We spend four night’s in the historic luxury of Craig’s Royal in Ballarat, and four in the modern chic of Flinders Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula. There are wine tastings and some great meals, including lunch at home with chef Annie Smithers. The full itinerary is here.

2 thoughts on “Travel with me

  1. Christine Munce says:

    Good morning Robin. On this rainy Tuesday morning, I lost myself in browsing Ross Garden Tours for 2017. I found the Inside Victoria tour which I went on last year. I’m so tempted to do it again as the tweaks to the tour, look fabulous. Are there many differences? (Apart from the obvious that I can easily detect?) Mmmmm….decisions! I also see you’re taking a tour to Bathurst area.Mmmmm… More decisions!

    • Robin Powell says:

      Tough decision indeed Chris! I love the changes to the Vic itinerary. We’ll get to see two more outstanding gardens – Karkalla and Musk Farm – that we missed last year, and have a bit more chance to taste the wines of the areas we’re traveling through. The big change is that we’ve reversed the order of things to finish up at the lovely Flinders Hotel, and now we’ll only pack the one time, when we leave Ballarat. Annie Smithers is in the process of moving to a new property and is very excited to show us where she is and what she’s doing. I spoke to her the other day and she told me again how much fun she had hosting us, and what a great group we were. So many great experiences, I can see why you’re tempted to do it again. On the other hand – Bathurst! This is a new itinerary, not yet up online, and a shorter trip. We’ll see some smaller private gardens in town that I’m sure you’ll find interesting, and you might be keen to see Mayfield in its spring clothes! And of course I’ll do my best to make it delicious! Decisions, decisions….

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