Several years ago the incomparable Cisco Morris came to Whidbey Island in Washington to do a presentation at a local nursery. I suggested he do a garden tour to Tasmania and we emailed back and forth for a while before the idea faded, with both our schedules becoming too full and the distance seeming too great.
I was thrilled to receive a tour enquiry a few months ago from Brad at Northwest Travel in Washington wanting me to provide tour services for a group of gardening enthusiasts and, lo and behold, their gardening host and was none other than Cisco!
What a fun visit we had! A genuine Aussie barbeque at my brother and sister-in-law’s beautiful garden on Australia day, complete with beer, bubbly, inspired Haiku readings and a rousing rendition of “Waltzing Matilda”.
Then we had a day of touring some beautiful gardens around Hobart, most notably the stunning grounds of Sally Johannsohn’s place at Neika in the foothills of kunanyi/Mt Wellington and her warm and enthusiastic company and vast plant expertise (as well her husband’s delectable cake with tea!)
Then we had lunch platters at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed in the Huon Valley before heading to Inverawe Native Garden and then a tour of the Penitentiary Chapel to see firsthand what life was like as a convict in Tasmania. After dinner the more energetic in the group enjoyed a “pub crawl” to some of Hobart’s historic pubs where we met some local characters before heading down the dangerous path of a rowdy discussion of not just politics, but religion too!
We're looking forward to meeting up again with this great group of travelers back in Washington this northern summer.