While its immensely tempting to rest every single bed under a thick layer of mulch, cardboard or black plastic and head north to the sunnier states for winter, I try to rest one bed and plant lovely greens to enjoy for winter suppers.
Portland Botanic Gardens, which was born in the late 1800's, boasts a stone gardeners cottage, sprawling dahlia display, clipped croquet lawn and greenhouse sitting between glorious border beds and historic trees. Then there's also the historic tram and tram stop that leaves right outside the gate.
Placed in the heart of one of Europe's important horticultural gardens lies a small elegant glass house that is a beautiful colourful place to sit and contemplate the greatness of the property that surrounds it.
Heywood Gardens is situated near the towns of Abbeyleix and Ballinakill in Ireland's centre, and is a garden that began its life in the 1700's with additional planning and design completed in 1912, Both the parkland and meditarean style garden compliment each other greatly and is worth more than just a quick peek for visitors.
A heartening and unique immersive experience can be found at Melbourne Zoo, in its 32 year old tropical native Butterfly House. Despite the many animal enclosures that the zoo is famous for, this little corner of the zoo, between the tigers and elephants was the star attraction for this small group of wanderers.
Living in Victoria Australia, we are very lucky to have Australia'a royal botanical garden specialising in only Australian natives. It's set in an extremely large piece of land, and provides many different walks for people of all abilities, and is amazing to trek around all year round.
The one and only Main Street is dotted with trinket shops, bazaars and used good shops. and food cafes, bakery and the new Bullant Brewery, which is becoming well known for its delicious food and craft beers. Civic gardens with gazebo, roses and trees sits in the middle, like a village green.