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

Rose Creek: an Italian Paradise!, Keilor East. 8 February
Fruits of Mother Earth, Melbourne suburbs. 21& 22 February
The Patch Primary School, The Patch. 14 & 15 March
Bellarine Peninsula Garden Tour, Bellarine Peninsula. 27 March
Cruden Farm, Langwarrin. 10 May
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.

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)
Four inspirational gardens open in celebration of modern culinary gardening. All of these passionate and knowledgable gardeners grow a wide selection of edible plants, in four 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

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

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 Pomegranate Garden

The Kitchen Garden


Hoddle St Community Garden
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!

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.

Only a few tickets reamining, so phone bookings only. Please phone 03 5427 1488 during business hours.

Members of Friends of Open Gardens Australia are entitled to a 10% discount to this event. Please phone 03 5427 1488 to receive your discount.

Please note: If you have specific dietary requirements, please advise us of them when you book.
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.

Our tour to the Western District last October received rave reviews - you can read some of the feedback here:
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 Botanic Gardens at approx 9am and returns at approx 5pm

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Cruden Farm

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: or phone 03 5427 1488 during business hours.

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