| New South Wales & ACT Special Events
Some of these events require pre-booking and as numbers are strictly limited we urge you to book well ahead of time to avoid disappointment. As well as our weekly program of wonderful open gardens, which can be found here, Open Gardens Australia also has an exciting range of Special Events throughout the year.
Upcoming ACT & NSW Special Events
Plant Fair at Lanyon, Tharwa. 22 & 23 March
Historic Inner West, Glebe & Birchgrove. 29 & 30 March
A Garden Soiree at Kia-Ora Downs, Euberta. 9 May
Plant Fair at Lanyon Homestead
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 March 2014
(No bookings required)
Mark this date in your diary! Purchase the best of the best plants, with everything from bulbs to trees, natives to exotics, plus garden art, tools and guest speakers. It's an enticing destination for new and experienced gardeners alike!
The Fair is in the grounds of historic Lanyon Homestead, established in the 1840s. Stroll through the carefully preserved pleasure gardens with their flowing perennial beds, spectacular roses and a vegetable garden containing many heritage varieties.
Throughout the weekend there'll be interesting talks as well as a special children's program, garden and house tours, and lots of other activities.
A list of exhibitors and information about activities is available here > > >
Tharwa Dve, Tharwa
From Canberra head south along Tuggeranong Parkway/Drakeford Drive. Turn right onto Tharwa Dve, follow signs to Lanyon Homestead
22 & 23 March 2014, 10am-4pm.
$10.00, no charge for children under 18
Information for bus groups & garden clubs:
A discount is available for groups of 20 or more if pre-booked and pre-paid. Information is available here > > >
Historic Inner West
Glebe and Birchgrove
Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 March 2014
(No bookings required)
Step back in time and visit three significant heritage properties in Sydney's inner west where there are some fine examples of Greek revival architecture and harbour-side villas are a feature. The three properties opening on this weekend also feature some heritage designed courtyards plus a juxtaposition of artistic plantings of exotics, tropicals and perennials
Entry to each garden is $7.00, no charge for children under 18.
Lyndhurst is a secluded inner-city oasis surrounding an historic 1830s Georgian villa designed by John Verge. Lush lawns, hedges and a gravel forecourt are framed by mature trees while a formal iron fountain is a focal point. This lovely garden also features brugmansias, salvias, gardenias, wisteria, eupatoriums and strelitzias as well as evergreen and port wine magnolias, Norfolk Island pine and jacarandas.
The property opens it's doors for visitors to view the garden from the inside out.
Address: 57-65 Darghan St, Glebe
This historic harbourside villa dating from 1890 features symmetrical plantings of palms and Magnolia grandiflora at the front. There's a paved courtyard with citrus and succulent wall. Bromeliads, grasses, cycads and correas have been planted in sunny spots, while gingers, begonias and orchids feature in the more shaded areas. There's also a terraced cactus garden and raised vegetable beds.
Address: 115 Louisa Rd, Birchgrove
Redesigned seven years ago, a richly planted garden wraps the historic house. Colourful groundcovers spill over the driveway beside mixed beds which include 'Little Gem' magnolias and frangipani. The back garden features Manchurian pears as well as plantings of citrus, cactus, and ginger. There's also a delightful fernery and small pond.
Address: 8 Rose St, Birchgrove
Each of the gardens will be open on 29 & 30 March 2014, 10am - 4.30pm.
Entry to each garden is $7.00, no charge for children under 18
Please see the NSW Calendar of openings here
for details of facilities at each garden.
A Garden Soiree at Kia-Ora Downs
Friday 9 May 2014
(No bookings required)
Designed by noted landscape architect Michael Bligh, the tranquil garden of Kia-Ora Downs is shaded by a framework of established trees, grapevines and shrub borders sheltering young camellias, rhododendrons and peonies. Beyond broad lawns and trees, a delightful courtyard affords views across the paddocks.
Join us in the garden and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Kia Ora Downs at twilight. Make sure you arrive early to spend time enjoying the delightful gardens and views before enjoying the hospitality provided by Charles Sturt University - with their wines available for tasting and to purchase. A local cheese provider will be showcasing a variety of cheese to complement the wines.
Opening in support of The Children's Medical Research Institute
Address: 133 Kneebones Rd, Euberta (near Wagga Wagga)
Directions: From Wagga travel N on Olympic Way over Gobbagumblin Bridge; turn left into Old Narrandera Rd, travel 17km & turn left into Kneebones Rd; garden further 1.5km.
Open: Friday 9 May 2014, 4pm-7pm.
Entry: $7.00, no charge for children under 18
Bookings for events later in 2014 will be available soon