Is it time to put a Spring in your step and the green back in your thumb? A flower power getaway will do the trick. Enjoy the outdoors, see exquisite gardens and learn the tricks to transforming boring backyards into verdant vistas.
No Gnomes Allowed
Gardens don’t have to be all roses and gnomes—an Australian native garden is just as visually tantalising. The proof is in the pandanus tectorius and other luscious varieties on show at the Inverawe Native Gardens near Hobart. Not only are there over 7000 native Australian plants on 22 acres, but you can learn about the waterwise techniques that keep this marvel so colourful and low maintenance. Carry on the green theme back at Rydges Hobart, set in a unique heritage-listed building surrounded by lush gardens. Don’t forget to visit MONA while you’re in Hobart for a different kind of eye-opening experience.
Days of Wine and Roses
Capture the sweet scent of over 8000 roses, just 1 of 10 feature gardens at the Hunter Valley Gardens. There’s also the Storybook Garden for kids and over 25 hectares of green thumb goodies. Head back to De Vine Day Spa at Peppers Guest House for a signature Botanical Skin Juice treatment, followed by a relaxing glass of local wine on the verandah at sunset. There’s multiple reasons to visit the Hunter Valley. Did we mention the sensational wines?
How does your Garden Grow?
From swamp to landscape brilliance. How did the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne evolve in those 60 years? Discover the history, cultural significance and beauty of the Gardens on a Spring Discovery Tour. Back at the stylish art deco Quest East Melbourne, stroll the rooftop garden or wander around nearby Fitzroy Gardens. And if you have a serious grass habit, the hallowed turf of the MCG is just across the road.
Enjoy a private lesson in Brisbane with Amanda Meads at The Flower School. Amanda has over 20 years experience in floral artistry, having created petalled perfection for clients such as Elton John and Princess Diana. She shares her talents with students who want to learn the basics, or get into more detailed designs for bouquets, wall hangings and pedestal arrangements. Bring your creation back to the Stamford Plaza Brisbane, sit it on the windowsill and admire the view across the river to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.
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