A Secret Garden by Tommy Collins

Melbourne’s summer soirees are about to be redefined, with the launch of A Secret Garden by Tommy Collins – a spectacular, open-air event space above Federation Square that enjoys 360degree views of the Melbourne city skyline and Yarra River.

The esteemed caterer has teamed up with the Little Veggie Patch Co to enhance the existing CBD landmark site and bring the community garden paradise to life with the addition of a glamorous marquee. Suitable for up to 250 guests, standing, or 168 seated, the Secret Garden venue will be available for hire for a range of major events such as weddings, Christmas functions, exclusive chef dinners, fashion runways and product launches.

As far as Melbourne spring/summer launches goes this has been one of the most anticipated with a glamorous launch event with extraordinary iconic Melbourne views and an edgy feel. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to imbibe the occasion.


“It’s a very unique new offering for Melbourne, basically a country garden in the city. The panoramic views and natural surrounds make it a one-of-a-kind event destination”, says caterer and entrepreneur Tommy McIntosh.

Upon entry cocktails and champagne are served from a container bar, prior to guests meandering through the outdoor atrium, passing under leafy archways, beyond lines of lush green planter boxes through to main marquee event space. Festoon lighting adds a festive spark and a timber floor within the 15x15metre marquee keeps the natural flow and feel of the garden. A five metre bar at one end encourages views to the city skyline, while all four outlooks deliver spectacular sights, such as the MCG, Botanical Gardens and the Yarra River.

The city’s dining enthusiasts will delight in dishes from Tommy Collins, one of Melbourne’s forerunning catering specialists who pride themselves on their restaurant quality bistronomy cuisine. As leading catering chameleons, menus are adaptable to client requests but the ethos stands from garden fresh, local produce that is sustainably sourced and matches the natural surrounds.

At The Secret Garden by Tommy Collins fruit, herbs and vegetables will be taken directly from the garden. Selected canapés may include salmon sashimi, rice crisp, wasabi kewpie, soy mousse or kangaroo tartare, mountain pepper, nasturtium, yolk gel. Located atop a carpark in Federation Square, valet parking is also available as an optional extra for guests who can design their dream event based on a selection of packages. Additional features include restroom facilities, security guards and high quality audio. DJ and entertainment with Rutherford Entertainment is an optional extra. 

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