Postcards from the road
The 2018 tour season is now well underway. Here’s a taste from the world of Ross Garden Tours.
Our celebrations for Holi, the Indian festival of colour, began with an extravagant dinner at the Rambagh Palace Hotel as the full moon rose. There were flowers everywhere! The next morning a wildly decorated bus took us into the hills where we ate, drank, rode elephants, danced, played with colour and laughed and laughed. Wonderful times! Libby Cameron
A highlight of my time in Sri Lanka was a visit to Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga, the heart of landscape modernism in the tropics. The suite of understated garden rooms flows seamlessly from enclosed courtyard spaces to an open walk with views across Lake Dedduwa. Classic stone urns and basins are the only decoration but for a supreme pair of white frangipani on the house terrace. The garden is now managed by a trust, and, to offset the cost of maintenance, is available as accommodation. I fancy that! Sandra Ross
We grabbed the opportunity to join Michael McCoy’s first ever design workshop in Woodend (See the Garden Clinic Winter Magazine, page 22) which included a look at this gorgeous example of his design and planting skills, and then travelled on to explore the Yarra Valley for a new Victorian itinerary coming soon. So much to see! Robin Powell
Our January tour of Tasmania is timed to catch the lavender in full bloom at Bridestowe Lavender farm, but the gardens we see are also inspiringly beautiful. This one was a group favourite this year – Scott and Deb Wilson’s luscious Old Wesleydale. Sandra Ross
The gardens at Sigiriya, or Lion Rock, in Sri Lanka, are the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. We admired the still-functioning water gardens, climbed to the 5th century frescoes (photos forbidden) and then (some of us) made the strenuous climb to the top. Mist covered the ground as we reached the summit but miraculously cleared for a brief panoramic view of lakes, forests and mountains. Trust me, spectacular! Paul Urquart
Interested in traveling with us in 2019? Check out the tour program on the Ross Tours website. All of our 2019 destinations are listed including exciting new tours; ‘Outback Queensland’, ‘Tasmania in spring’ and ‘Portugal and the Madeira Flower Festival’. We’re pleased to be returning in 2019 tours ‘Gardens of China’, ‘Mexico & Cuba’ and ‘France’. Register your interest today and join us in 2019.