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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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A hidden treasure in the Botanical Gardens


You may have walked past this hidden treasure a thousand times, without even knowing it was there.

It is a secret garden hidden within Melbourne's larger Royal Botanical Gardens.

Gardens House is a Georgian home cloaked from sight behind vine covered fences. From 1856 to 1991 it was home to various directors of the Royal Botanic Gardens; so I guess they knew how to grow things that ensured their privacy.

In 1993, it was sympathetically restored as a venue for special events such as garden parties, fine dining and cocktail parties.

Image Peter Rowland Catering


But unless you were on the A-list, you probably missed out yet again.

But with this exclusive tour you finally have the opportunity to experience this secret garden and the attendant Garden House with its stunningly decorated rooms.

You can explore the garden within a garden which was designed by William Guilfoyle who designed the Botanic Gardens for which we are ever thankful. Then visit the Garden Room and Study or ogle the superbly decorated Dining Room.

Image Peter Rowland Catering


Then with some of Melbourne's, surprisingly warming, wintry sun on your shoulder you can sit out on the broad balcony looking out over the beautiful Botanic Gardens and the city skyline.

On the balcony you can partake of a delicious morning tea of freshly - baked scones with seasonal preserves, vanilla slices with fondant as well as a fine selection of teas, coffee and juice.

Just think if anyone does spot you through the shrubbery they are going to be green with envy.

Image Peter Rowland Catering
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Why? Gorgeous setting scrumptious morning tea
When: 10 - 11.30am Friday 16 August, Wednesday 21 August, Friday 23 August
Phone: Tel: (03) 9252 2429 for more information.
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens. Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra
Cost: Cost $30 adult $26 concession/ Friends member
Your Comment
so pretty. I want the Wednesday tour. How do we book and pay for the tour?
by newintstudents (score: 2|472) 1899 days ago
Wow, it's very pretty.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1129) 1892 days ago
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