Queensland at its Blooming Best

The Queensland Tour is planned to depart 14 October this year with a duration of approximately 11 days.

More details about the tour will be added soon, including tour costings and inclusions. To keep up to date either check back on this page or email the office and we can send you a brochure when it is ready.

We will start in the Mooloolaba area then travel to Toowoomba and Mount Tambourine.

The private garden visits planned offer a huge variety of interest such as the beautiful Brindabella Country Gardens at Highfields Toowoomba. This 4 acre English Style garden just 25 years ago was a bare paddock. The Grays’ dream of the original concept; “A nursery in a garden” has been transformed into a magical display of fragrant roses , cottage perennials, and rare plant specimens all on view as you wander through the garden, blooming at its best in October.

We will also spend time at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. This natural jewel of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains National Landscape. Remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the Reserve is a living museum diverse plant and animal life which will delight with its tranquillity and beauty.


Barbara and Rex Wickes moved to their property in Buderim, Brisbane in May 1998 with the only existing garden being a Murraya hedge and a few sundry plantings. The house has a northerly outlook with the site sloping gently from the house to a small dam that overflowed into a creek.

The challenge was to create a cottage style garden surrounding a formal Mediterranean home. Michael Bligh, a garden designer from Goulburn gave advice and confidence to use a central axis from the centre of the outdoor living area with the stone steps edging the oval lawn leading to a circular garden bed surrounded by gravel paths.

Across the dam the eye can focus on a feature tree. The dry-stone walls are built with stone from the Glasshouse Mountains. The dam was widened and a dry creek bed cut to take run off. The fill from the dam was used to build up beds and level low areas. A grove of tropical birch was planted and the garden beds and paths were marked.

The construction and planting of the garden was complete by July 1998. It was important that the Wickes could manage the completed garden without the need for outside help.

Barbara has endeavoured to mix subtropical with cold climate species and is pleased with the success they have had. One of their challenges was to grow a perennial border using plants that will thrive in the subtropics as well as survive their humid Summers.

Many of the wonderful salvias now available are well suited to the gardens climate. Some of their favourites include ‘Midnight’, ‘Costa Rica Blue’, ‘Phyllis Fancy’, ‘Meigan’s Magic’, ‘Amistad’ and ‘Purple Majesty’. Winter flowering salvias include, ‘Romantic Rose’, ‘Ripe Raspberry’ and ‘Timboon’. Old-fashioned roses (Teas, Chinas and Noisettes) also do well.

The Wickes fertilize their garden with ‘Plant of Health’ products. Seaweed and silica assist with prevention of black spot and mildew on roses. The kitchen garden is situated on a well-drained site, an important factor when growing herbs and temperate climate perennials, as many of them originate from Mediterranean areas.

What’s Included

Tour Costs

To be confirmed
Single supplement per person tbc



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