Victoria Special Events
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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.
Some events require pre-booking and as numbers are strictly limited we urge you to book well ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Upcoming Special Events in Victoria

Christmas Fair at Bolinda Vale, Clarkefield. 6 & 7 December
Twilight Gardens on the Surf Coast, Surf Coast. 24 & 25 January
Rose Creek: an Italian Paradise!, Keilor East. 8 February
Fruits of Mother Earth, Melbourne suburbs. 22 & 22 February
The Patch Primary School, The Patch. 14 & 15 March
Bellarine Peninsula Garden Tour, Bellarine Peninsula. 27 March
Cruden Farm, Langwarrin. 10 May
Christmas Fair at Bolinda Vale
Clarkefield

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 December. 10am - 4.30pm
(No bookings required)

A rare opportunity to visit the wonderful Bolinda Vale and also enjoy the festive atmosphere of a Christmas Fair.

This is a beautiful traditional country garden that includes glorious roses, wonderful hedges and delightful beds of perennials. The front lawn includes several magnolias planted by notable visitors - including Crown Prince Hirohito, now Emperor of Japan, Prince Reza Pahlavi, the eldest son of the Shah of Iran and HSH Prince Albert of Monaco.

These traditional areas have now been further enhanced by an inspirational new area created by landscape designer Phillip Johnson, winner of 'Best in Show' at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in 2013.

Phillip's exciting new garden at Bolinda Vale was recently awarded 'Best Residential Landscape' by Landscaping Victoria.

Phillip will conduct guided tours of the garden at 11am and 2pm each day, and he will also be launching his new book 'Connected - The Sustainable Landscapes of Phillip Johnson' at 3.30pm on Sunday.

You can enjoy locally produced wines and olive oils, there will be home-made produce and products as well as plants and sculpture for sale.

The Clarkefield CFA will be having a BBQ, and there'll also be a coffee cart.

Stalls include:
  • Lambley Nursery
  • Willie Wildlife Sculptures
  • Stephanie Goss Botanical Art Cards
  • Curly Flat Wines
  • ElaeoCarpus and Mount View Olive Oils
  • Bee Lovable Honey Products
  • Harvest Organics
  • Michel's Fine Biscuits
  • The Green Power Company
  • EVENT DETAILS:
    Address: 1556 Lancefield Rd, Clarkefield
    Directions: From Melbourne take Tullamarine Fwy past airport and through Bulla to Lancefield/Romsey turnoff (13km from airport); take Lancefield Rd C325 for 15.5km to garden on right. Parking in paddock
    Open: 10am-4.30pm. $12.00, no charge for children under 18

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    Twilight Openings on the Surf Coast
    Anglesea & Freshwater Creek

    Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 January
    (No bookings required)
    Over the Australia Day long weekend, you can be inspired by two wonderful gardens on the Surf Coast.
    Ghazeepore
    Just minutes from Geelong is a romantic farm garden situated on a meandering creek. Against the beautiful backdrop of ancient Red Gums, winding paths lead to repeat plantings of hardy species that are proven performers. There's a small copse of Cork Oaks as well as raised vegetable beds and fruit trees.

    Live jazz will be playing from 2pm-5pm each day and there'll be tours of revegetation belts along the creek at 1pm and 4pm each day.

    Address: 680 Ghazeepore Rd, Freshwater Creek
    Directions:Take Geelong Ring Road (Princes Fwy M1) towards Great Ocean Rd and take Anglesea Rd C134; at roundabout to Barwon Heads/Queenscliff, exit into Mt Duneed Rd, travel 2km to first intersection and turn right into Ghazeepore Rd; garden further 2.5km.

    Sunnymeade
    Gravel tracks lead through a field of native grasses to an open lawn and shrubs sheltering beneath local stringybarks. Some beautiful stone walls soften the level changes around the house. Emu bushes have been clipped into ball shapes, while garden beds are filled with tough Ausralian natives. There are also plantings of vegetables and a Moonah forest as well as grass sculptured effects on the lawn.

    This lovely and inspirational garden was recently awarded 'Best Use of Plants in the Landscape' by Landscaping Victoria.

    You can enjoy some wine tastings and there'll be a sausage sizzle.

    Address: 48 Harvey St, Anglesea
    Directions:Travelling west on Great Ocean Rd, travel approx 2km past shops in Anglesea and turn right at Murray St/Harvey St turnoff; turn immediately left into Harvey St.

    EVENT DETAILS:
    Both of the gardens are open from noon until 6.30pm
    Entry to each garden is $8.00, no charge for children under 18
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    Rose Creek: an Italian Paradise!
    Keilor East

    Sunday 8 February. 10am - 4.30pm
    (No bookings required)

    Six acres of Italian paradise just six kilometres from Melbourne's CBD!

    Visit the fascinating and extensive Mediterranean vegetable garden, beehives, an orchard featuring unusual varieties and many citrus trees, a poultry run where the chooks are all known by name, and the Sicilianos' vineyard and olive grove adjoining their garden.

    You can enjoy a lunch of wood-fired pizzas or home-made Italian sausages - and perhaps take home some wine, marinated olives and award-winning olive oils.

    There will be garden talks and tours at regular intervals, live music, and baby animals for children to play with.

    EVENT DETAILS:
    Address: 2 Craig St, Keilor East
    Open: 10am-4.30pm. $8.00, no charge for children under 18

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    Fruits of the Earth
    various Melbourne suburbs

    Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 February
    (No bookings required)
    Five inspirational gardens open in celebration of modern culinary gardening. All of these passionate and knowledgable gardeners grow a wide selection of edible plants, in five very different gardens.
    253 Hoddle St Community Garden
    A lush urban oasis with a welcoming air, the garden demonstrates how productive gardening incorporating sustainable living practices is possible in a very small space. A large covered pergola creates a social centre for the gardeners, who grow a diverse array of organic vegetables and herbs. An innovative chicken house integrates green waste management.

    BBQ 10am-2pm each day. Workshops will be held all weekend.

    Address: 253 Hoddle St, Collingwood

    The Pomegranate Garden
    The front of this very well-presented garden features box hedging and a wall built by the owner from local volcanic rock. The back garden is lushly planted with beautiful roses spilling over arches and fences, a bonsai collection, wisteria arch and summerhouse. There's a large productive vegetable garden and fruit trees.

    Address: 5 Largs Crt, Greenvale

    The Kitchen Garden
    The clever design of this small, but beautifully designed, garden integrates a lovely French-style potager with outdoor spaces for living and entertaining. Formal geometric vegetable garden, pergola, hazelnut hedge, beds surrounded by woven hurdles. Espaliered heritage apples, French pears, greengage, cherry trees and damson plum underplanted with edible plants.

    Quality garden products will be for sale

    Address: 8 Gillman St, Malvern East

    Gunyah
    The inspiring urban food garden of designer Karen Sutherland. More than 200 edible and useful plants are displayed in an ornamental setting: herbs, vegetables, vines, citrus, fruit and nut trees, South American edible species and Australian bush foods. Aquaponics, rooftop garden, bees, chickens. Interesting nature strip plantings.

    There'll be talks on native herbs, bush foods and perennial vegetables at 11am, 1pm and 3pm each day as well as regular guided tours of garden

    Address: 22 Lochinvar St, Pascoe Vale South

    Maribyrnong Edible Garden
    This is a welcoming community garden run by enthusiastic local gardeners. Each gardener has an allotted plot, and the communal group is working on a children's garden, herb garden, fruit tree area and a pizza oven. Plots are constructed as wicking beds where water held in a reservoir under the bed is drawn up by the plants as required.

    Sandpit and activity area for children

    Address: Hortense St, Maribyrnong


    EVENT DETAILS:
    All of the gardens are open from 10am until 4.30pm
    Entry to each garden is $8.00, no charge for children under 18
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    The Patch Primary School
    The Patch

    Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March. 10am - 4.30pm
    (No bookings required)

    This multi award-winning two-acre garden with an emphasis on sustainability has been designed and implemented by the school's students, and this weekend you can enjoy their efforts in a village fete atmosphere.

    There will be wood-fired pizzas, a sausage sizzle, coffee cart and lots of wholesome food using produce from the school gardens. Live music will be playing and you'll be able to buy plants and local produce.

    The students will take tours of the gardens and wetlands, and there will also be talks, demonstrations and garden workshops.

    Special activities for children include scarecrow making, miniature garden making, plant propagation and art activities. There are chooks, an orchard and a one-acre fenced wetlands, and the various small garden areas include edible, alphabet, world, dry, bush food, Australian plants and biodiversity to attract butterflies.

    Come and enjoy the day - there'll be something for everyone!

    EVENT DETAILS:
    Address: 53 Kallista-Emerald Rd, The Patch
    Open: 10am-4.30pm. $8.00, no charge for children under 18

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    Bellarine Peninsula Garden Tour
    Bellarine Peninsula

    Friday 27 March.
    Booking details:
    Bookings are essential for this event as places are very limited.

    Tickets $190.00 includes all transfers from either Melbourne or Geelong, lunch, morning and afternoon tea

    Please see Event Information below regarding the two collection point options. You will need to select your collection point when you book.

    You can book online via our secure site here or phone 03 5427 1488 during business hours.

    Members of Friends of Open Gardens Australia are entitled to a 10% discount to this event. Click here to find out more.

    Please note: If you have specific dietary requirements, please advise us of them via email immediately after you have booked: Click here to email
    A wonderful opportunity to visit four diverse gardens, each with a strong sense of place and each embracing and interpreting the elements differently.

    Bellarine, designed by Fiona Brockhoff; Brambledale Farm, in part designed by John Patrick and Michael McCoy; Bourke Farm, an exciting garden hosting a significant sculpture collection; and Seaview, beautifully designed to maximise spectacular views of Corio Bay and the You Yangs.

    You will also be given a guided tour of the Geelong Botanic Gardens and its new 21st century garden, and concluding with a visit to the Friend's Plant Nursery.
    Event Information:
    There are two collection points available:

    OPTION 1: Tour departs from Spencer St, Melbourne at 8am and returns at 6pm

    OPTION 2: Tour departs Geelong (location to be advised) at approx 9am and returns at approx 5pm



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    Cruden Farm
    Langwarrin

    Sunday 10 May. 10am - 4.30pm
    (No bookings required)

    A wonderful opportunity to visit the renowned garden of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch in all its magnificent autumnal splendour.

    Dame Elisabeth came to Cruden Farm as a young bride more than 80 years ago, and her legacy remains with her skilful garden design. Beautiful herbaceous borders, the famous avenue of lemon-scented gums, the picking garden, shrub walks, tree-shaded lawns and the landscaped lake are all harmoniously blended with the surrounding countryside.

    There will be talks at 11am by Professor Gini Lee on 'The landscape and the gardener; a ramble through Cruden Farm's favourite places'.

    There will also be guided garden tours at 12.30pm and 3pm.


    Event Details:
    Address: Entry is from Cranhaven Rd, Langwarrin.
    Directions: Melway 103:G5

    Open: 10am-4.30pm. $15 adults, no charge children under 18. No bookings required for this event.

    Information: Refreshments will be available, or you are welcome to bring a picnic.
    Please note that animals (apart from assistance dogs) are not permitted.

    Important information for bus groups & bus companies: Please note that buses of more than 25 seats MUST pre-book. There is NO access for buses unless they have pre-booked as buses are required to use a seperate entrance.

    A 10% discount for bus groups is available. Bus bookings must be finalised prior to Friday 1 May 2015.

    To ensure access for your bus contact: national@opengarden.org.au or phone 03 5427 1488 during business hours.


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