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
Bellarine Peninsula Garden Tour, Bellarine Peninsula. 27 March
Cruden Farm, Langwarrin. 10 May
Christmas Fair at Bolinda Vale

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

Find that perfect Christmas present at a country fair being held at wonderful garden of Bolinda Vale.

This is a lovely traditional country garden that has 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.

You can enjoy locally produced wines and olive oils, there will be home-made produce and products, a BBQ, morning and afternoon teas, a coffee cart, plants for sale, and bronze birdbaths by Willie Wildlife Sculptures.

And to top it all off, Phillip will conduct guided tours of the garden at 11am and 2pm each day.

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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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

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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