To say 2020 has been a ‘crappy year’ is an understatement!
Particularly for all our dear friends and guests who experienced the 10 + 18 weeks Melbourne/Victorian lockdown and were 'locked out' of Botanica Editions for some of the most spectacular Autumn / Winter / and Spring garden life.
But here we are back again, after an abundance of sensational Spring rain, with stunningly vibrant High Summer gardens and ready to share some of our deeply guarded local secrets for your summer visit to @BotanicaEditions .....
Many years ago they began their journey with the idea of making a ‘kick-ass’ tonic, but then thought 'why the not go all the way and create a great modern Australian gin?
Then, in March 2020 they were inundated with desperate pleas from doctors, surgeons, anaesthetists and the general public to produce hand sanitizer.
This one is personal.
This House, this garden. Botanica Editions, a labour of love within our childhood community, the Yarra Valley.
To read the full editorial in as seen in House & Garden Magazine, June 2020.
G a r d e n i n g T h r o u g h T h e V i r u s T o g e t h e r @ Botanica Editions TV
Don’t worry Foxtel Lifestyle Channel or Netflix, clearly we are not going to take over your world with a rival television show.
We are professional Landscape Designers and passionate gardeners sharing a little garden medicine with the guests we love.
Here we are, Botanica Editions improvising in the world of Covid-19 as we garden through the virus together, totally RAW (one-take, dodgy sound, i-phone video) amateurs when it comes to Visual Storytelling.
Autumn in the garden is the season for …..
We have a “not so secret” love affair with most things Italian, and it is easy to see why.
With so many Italian influences around the Yarra Valley, our love for Italy is reinforced every day. When you visit our home here in the valley, you could easily be mistaken in thinking you have been transported across the ocean to beautiful Italy, rather than a short one-hour drive from Melbourne.
If you, like us, enjoy the Italian lifestyle of relaxed, positive living, a deep connection to nature along with seasonally inspired food, easy drinking wine and passionate conversations with family and friends, we thought you might like Eight of our Yarra Valley – Italian favourites.
The Yarra Valley is full of wonderful places to explore, however we do say that with enormous bias because this beautiful place on earth is our home.
So we will let you be the judge of this magical land as we share the adventures of a few beautiful guests through their visual storytelling as they fill their Botanica Editions Tote Bags with Yarra Valley treasures.
Thank you Emma, Jess, Allison, Jessica, Madeline and Mikajla for sharing your #adventuresbotanicaeditionstotebag
Glorious winter in the Yarra Valley.
Fresh fragrant air, clear, crisp, exhilarating and luminous. The call of a morning bird-song, and open, spacious landscape gently tug at your soul pulling you back to nature.
Winter in the Yarra Valley calls for splashing about with gumboots, warm coats and snug hats. It is a time for hearty food in our cosy restaurants, and the warm smile with relaxed conversation of our cellar door hosts.
With so much to weave in to a winter stay at Botanica Editions, we wanted to help by suggesting a boutique 4-day (3-night) gluttonous adventure. One we like to take our family and friends on when they visit during the winter months.
C.J. Dennis, Australian Poet made his home in the ancient forests of Toolangi during the early 20th Century.
He writes ~ sentimentally ~ of Healesville and the hills that call her.
A beautiful friend of ours, Sally, created and successfully ran high street fine food establishments in London for many years.
She has shared her (not so) secret London lemon-preserving recipe with Botanica Editions guests, making use of our abundant bi-annual crop of Citrus limon 'Lisbon'.
Guests celebrating a special birthday at The Willow House in July enjoyed sharing Botanica Editions, Fairy Possums - Mindful in May donation with Healesville Sanctuary, Zoos Victoria Threatened Species Program.
We are blessed with great men of foresight here in the Yarra Valley. Ferdinand von Mueller, William R. Guilfoyle and Mr Alf Leader.
The first two names you may recognise as former architects of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. The third belongs to a man of equal vision and generosity, adding to the tree-lined streets of Healesville.
Thank you Modern Home Magazine for featuring Botanica Editions and the story of bringing The Willow House - Back to life in your February issue.
To read the full editorial in as seen in Modern Home volume 9. Issue 4.
It was an early start on a January morning for the Channel Nine Postcards team filming at Botanica Editions.
Thank you Rob, Rebecca, Leanne and Colin for making the trip out to the Yarra Valley. It was a lot of fun being in your company.
Watch Postcards Episode 2: 15 February
Botanica Accomodation and Coombe The Melba Estate with Rebecca Judd
And view behind the scenes ...
Thank you Hardi Grant Media, Beautiful Accommodation readers for listing Botanica Editions as one of your favourites.
Botanica Editions, Yarra Valley is listed as one of 12 best Beautiful Accommodation places to stay within Australia.
We are chuffed, given the high calibre of the other 11 most popular 2014 properties listed.
Thank you. We look forward to extending the Botanica Editions experience of relaxation and restoration in 2015 with our new self-catering retreat Habitat House