Pre-Conference Garden Tour

Pre-Conference Garden Tour 2021

Friday 19 March 2021

Limited tickets available. Guests welcome.

So what does a 2021 garden look like? This year’s tour focuses on urban retreats in Melbourne’s suburban gardens. Urban living will be on display with six distinctly different spaces to make up this year’s itinerary. These gardens are all designed to ‘adapt’ to their owners needs within set spaces. They include:

Eckersley Garden Architecture garden – Both an engineering feat and a breathtaking, plant driven landscape that tumbles to its Yarra River border.

Garden designed by Fiona Brockhoff – This Mornington Peninsula holiday home sits elegantly on the edge of a large dam the size of a lake. Sydney architects, Meacham Nockles McQualter, came up with the concept ‘to site the building close to the earth, so you step immediately out of the house and into the garden’. The house was based on the simple island holiday homes of Scandinavia, and was simply built from ecoply, concrete, recycled timber and corrugated iron.

The garden is classic Fiona Brockhoff. It responds to the climate on the Mornington Peninsula that ranges from hot summers to bone-chilling winters. The garden’s playful style makes it an idyllic setting. There’s a strong sense of adventure through the creation of a small beach, in-ground trampoline area and outside stone bath.

A large part of the attraction and success of this house is the considered, but relaxed, mainly Australian native garden in which it sits. Fiona’s manicured and novel approach to pruning is evident. This provides, even the harshest of plants, a quiet elegance and exotic feel.

Heronswood garden and cafe – Breathtaking garden and nursery of the heritage-listed Heronswood House in Dromana. Lunch served in the cafe.

Garden designed by Paul Bangay – It’s hard not to be impressed by the breathtaking views and sheer scale of this young garden designed by one of Australia’s most well-known designers, Paul Bangay. Paul uses a simple palette of three plants around the house in varying sizes and placements to give the house a cohesive style. The house is surrounded by swathes of grasses and tallish perennials that emphasise the big sky feel and give the garden a floating feeling especially apparent on a windy day.

The garden sits above an avocado plantation, well hidden by carefully placed shelter belts and a nature park to one side. It’s a wonderful example of a complex design drilled down to simple and stylish elements.

Sharon Harris’ own garden – A typical suburban backyard transformed into a plant lover’s paradise where rare plants, Argentinean and Tandoori ovens, ornamentals, edibles, sculpture, pots and poultry all harmoniously hold sway.

With such an inspirational range of landscapes, you will be energised and inspired by the diversity of design and directions in which gardens take us. We are privileged to share these spaces with you and encourage you to book early as the tour usually books out during Early Bird Registrations.


DATE: Friday 19th March 2021
TIME: 8.15am – 5.30pm (Confirmed to delegates in advance)
INCLUDES: Lunch, refreshments, coach, guide, garden notes, entry fees
DEPART: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Place, South Wharf
CONCLUDE: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Place, South Wharf
COST: $225
BOOK: Website or brochure Registration Form
Bookings subject to availability and restricted to conference delegates.
CANCELLATIONS: 75% refund for cancellations prior to 8th March 2021. No refunds after that date.
Tour may be varied or cancelled if circumstances change.
CONTACT: Fleur Flanery ph: 0408 627 774 or email: