Garden Clubs of Australia 2019 Convention

The Garden Clubs of Australia have chosen Norfolk Island as the location for the 2019 Convention. Thrilled to be hosting you is the Norfolk Island Gardening Club Inc. They’re confident you’ll have a wonderful time while exploring the Island’s gardens, unique history and varied natural sea and landscapes.

Garden Clubs of Australia 2019 Convention

14 October 2019 - 18 October 2019

Join us on Norfolk Island for the Garden Clubs of Australia 2019 National Convention on Norfolk Island.

Gardening Norfolk Island Style: Convicts, Community and Coral

Norfolk Island – so many gardening reasons!

From coast to coast subtropical Norfolk Island features rolling green hill sides, quaint winding roads to explore and behind the hedges treasure troves of beautiful gardens that range from hibiscus fringed palm and croton beauties, to those featuring conventional roses and day lilies, and original convict style gardens and buildings from the Georgian era.

Norfolk Island is located almost mid-distance between the Australian mainland and New Zealand and it is this isolation that has resulted in it being an incredible destination for anyone interested in gardening. The island is home to not only the ubiquitous and endemic Norfolk Island Pine, (Araucaria heterophylla) but also another 51 endemic plants and 174 natives.

The waves of people who came to make the island their home all bringing their own plants, adds to the complexity and heritage of the Island’s plants. From c1300 Polynesians arrived introducing bananas, followed by the 1788 first British arrivals to establish an agricultural settlement. In 1856 the island became home to the Pitcairn Island descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Polynesian wives.

Heirloom varieties can be found in many island gardens – we wonder if some of the Rugosa roses found here date from the first settlement (1788-1814). In the garden of one house on Quality Row located in World Heritage listed Kingston, you’ll find a hibiscus bush that is at least 150 years old.

In the Botanical Gardens and National Parks you’ll be able to view four endangered and endemic plant species: Norfolk Abutilon (Abutilon julianae), Phillip Island Hibiscus (Hibiscus insularis), Popwood (Myoporum obscurum) and Broad Leaf Meryta (Meryta latifolia).

Register your interest today by emailing travel@travelcentre.nf

12 - 19 October 2019 depart Brisbane

13 - 20 October OR 14 - 21 October 2019 depart Sydney

Holiday packages will be especially prepared for Convention members approximately 12 months prior to the Convention being the earliest date airline fares are made available.

As an example, our current travel packages are based on 7 day twin share accommodation, airfare, car hire and other bonuses.

7 nights ex Brisbane from $1069 pp twin share | 7 nights ex Sydney from $1129 pp twin share

Inclusions will be similar to:

  • Return economy class ‘seat & bag’ airfare to Norfolk Island
  • Meet & greet at the Norfolk Island Airport
  • 7 night’s twin share accommodation
  • 7 days car hire per unit
  • Complimentary Mini Golf and A Walk in the Wild rainforest walk
  • Bonus Norfolk Island discount shopping card

Register your interest today by emailing travel@travelcentre.nf

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