Though we can’t go to Japan just yet, AJSQ member – Japan Holidays – is offering members a chance to experience the next best thing – A Taste of Japan in Australia- with 4 days in September , including a visit to the picturesque Ju Raku En Japanese garden  – complete with delicate cherry blossoms.

The 4-day, 3 night tour with departures from Kingscliff, Gold Coast or Brisbane is fully escorted by well-known horticulturist Kate Heffernan. At the end of the first day the tour will relax with a Welcome Dinner and Kate will present a talk on Queensland’s Garden Heritage.

There will be visits to Laurel Bank with its delightful sensory garden, and heritage listed Boyce Gardens. Once a private garden it is now under the curatorship of Queensland University. A picnic lunch will set the tour up for more gardens, including the Queensland State Rose Gardens at Newtown Park with its collection of approximately 2000 roses, among them Bourbon, Portland, China, David Austin, Hybrid Perpetual and more. Later, a special evening dinner at the renowned Downs Club of Toowoomba with the tastes of the region as well as wines from local vineyards.

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