RHS Chelsea Flower Show prize winners tour Victoria

Hi folks,

As some of you may remember, last year we entered a little garden show called the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. As part of our (ahem… gold-medal winning) Show Garden entry, we held a competition for two lucky UK residents to win a trip to Australia to see the real thing at RBG Cranbourne.

The winners, Kevin and Gillian Shelton, arrived last week and have been sampling some of the best accommodation, dining and experiences that Victoria has to offer. The Sheltons entered the competition along with more than 24,500 entrants.

“This is our first visit to Australia and it’s something that we’ve always wanted to do,” explained Kevin Shelton.

Thanks to our prize partners at some of Victoria’s leading attractions on the South East Touring Triangle, the Sheltons are enjoying a brilliant 11-day prize package valued at more than $8,500.

The Sheltons have the opportunity to get up close to koalas, penguins and seals at Phillip Island; savour some great Australian wines and float above the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon; be pampered at the Peninsula Hot Springs; and explore some of Victoria’s world-class gardens. As you can see from the photos below, they’re handling it all rather well!

Some of the highlights on the couple’s jam-packed itinerary include:
– Exclusive helicopter and hot balloon rides over Melbourne and the Yarra Valley
– Must-do Melbourne experiences such as Eureka Skydeck, Neighbours tour, and the National Sports Museum
– Gourmet lunches and wine sampling at some of the finest wineries on the Mornington Peninsula including Montalto, Max’s of Red Hill and De Bortoli
– Dinners on Melbourne’s iconic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, at the beautiful Chateau Yering in Yarra Valley, and limousine transfers to dinner at the stunning Skyhigh Restaurant at Mt Dandenong
– An afternoon of pampering at Peninsula Hot Springs
– A close encounter with koalas at Healesville Sanctuary, tour of Phillip Island Nature Parks, seal-watching on a Wildlife Coast Cruise, and lunch at Rhyll Trout Bush Tucker Farm
– VIP experiences at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, including the Aboriginal Heritage Walk and Devonshire tea
– Exclusive tour of the Australian Garden at RBG Cranbourne – the inspiration for RBG Melbourne’s gold-medal winning show garden at the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Sheltons will also get a sneak peek at the second and final stage of the Australian Garden at RBG Cranbourne. The completed Australian Garden is set to become one of Australia’s major tourist destinations when it opens to the public in late 2012.

The nine hectares comprising Stage 2 of the Australian Garden will extend the success of Stage 1 and enhance community engagement and visitor experiences, with the addition of new plantings, public amenities, landscapes, artworks, interpretive information and educational resources.

The Royal Botanic Gardens would like to thank its generous prize partners:
Tourism Victoria                                              Mornington Peninsula Tourism
Destination Melbourne                                    Yarra Valley Tourism
Destination Phillip Island

Accommodation                                      Dining                                                          Experiences
and Car Hire                                                
Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley             Australian Wine Tour Company      Bunyip Tours Hertz                                                            Colonial Tramcar Restaurant            Eureka Skydeck
Hotel Charsfield, Melbourne                 De Bortoli Winery                                  Global Ballooning
Lindenderry, Red Hill                             Max’s of Red Hill                                     Healesville Sanctuary
Loft in the Mill, Olinda                            Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove    Heli Experiences
Silverwater Resort, Phillip Island       Rhyll Trout Bush Tucker Farm         National Sports Museum
                                                                       Skyhigh Restaurant                             Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate
                                                                                                                                           Peninsula Hot Springs
                                                                                                                                           Puffing Billy
                                                                                                                                           Wildlife Coast Cruises

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3 Responses to RHS Chelsea Flower Show prize winners tour Victoria

  1. The Chelsea Flower Show is not for the amateur gardener. It is only for the gardening elite and those who can afford lavish and highly designed gardens. I have seen the gardens on television and they leave me cold.

    • I much prefer the Hampton Court flower show in July. I am not sure if you see that over here? I visit every year and always find ideas to take home. The idea with these shows is to take little bits of the show gardens as inspiration for your own projects.

      • RBG Marketing says:

        Hi Rosemary,

        Unfortunately, here in Australia we don’t get to see much of the Hampton Court flower show, which is a bit of a shame! I totally agree that garden shows are a great place to find inspiration – in fact, my own garden features a couple of plants that were featured in our Chelsea show garden :)

        RBG Marketing

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