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

Banongill, Skipton. 6 & 7 September
At Home with Phillip Johnson, Olinda, 28 September
Bickleigh Vale Village, Mooroolbark. 5 October
Spectacular and Historic Gardens of the Western District, Western District. 14 & 15 October
Bellarine Peninsula Garden Tour, Bellarine Peninsula. 27 March
Cruden Farm, Langwarrin. 10 May
Banongill
Skipton

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

This magnificent historic garden, partly designed by William Guilfoyle, features a vast lawn sweeping down to Mount Emu Creek with its famous display of millions of daffodils naturalised along the banks. Thousands more daffodils, Spanish hyacinths, bluebells, iris and jonquils bloom in bluestone terraces.

Other highlights are spring blossom, carpets of hellebores, beautiful mature trees, magnificent wisteria walk, and a rose garden framed by clipped hornbeams.

Lunches and teas will be available, or you are welcome to bring a picnic.

There will be talks on the history of the garden at 11am and 2pm each day, and historical tours of the shearing shed at noon and 3pm each day

EVENT DETAILS:
Address: Banongill Rd, Skipton
Directions: From Ballarat take Glenelg Hwy B160 to Skipton; cross bridge and travel 8km to Banongill Rd on left
Open: 10am-4.30pm. $12.00, no charge for children under 18

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At Home with Phillip Johnson
Olinda

Sunday 28 September. Morning or afternoon sessions available
Booking details:
Bookings are essential for this event as places are very limited.

Tickets $75.00 includes morning or afternoon tea and bus transfers from Richmond or Olinda.

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
In 2013 Phillip Johnson and his team made history when their design for the Trailfinders Australian Garden, presented by Flemings, was awarded top honours of 'Best in Show' at the Chelsea Flower Show - a feat never before achieved by an Australian team.

You have a unique opportunity to join Phillip on an exclusive tour of his private garden at Olinda.

The billabong at the heart of this tranquil haven has been transformed into a stunning natural swimming pool, providing enormous environmental benefits. Phillip will give a talk as well as a tour of his native and indigenous wonderland, which features water capture and conservation at its core.

Event Information:
There are two collection points available:

OPTION 1: Bus departs Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Departs: 9am or 2pm. Returns 1pm or 6pm

OPTION 2: Bus departs old Olinda Golf Course, 75 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda.
Departs: 9.50am or 2.50pm. Returns 12.15pm or 5.15pm


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Bickleigh Vale Village: Edna Walling's masterpiece
Mooroolbark

Sunday 5 October. 10am - 4.30pm
(No bookings required)

Edna Walling created an enchanted village for herself and her friends at Bickleigh Vale, and this special quality continues to influence succeeding owners as they work to keep the vision of her achievement alive for future generations.

Although the cottages have been adapted to modern needs, and the growth of trees and shrubs has altered the gardens, Bickleigh Vale remains the finest example of Walling's ability to achieve harmony between buildings and landscape.

Eight of these magical gardens will be open: Abbotsley, Badgers Wood, Devon Cottage, Mistover, Sonningfield, The Barn, The Sheilan and Wimborne.

EVENT DETAILS:
Address: Bickleigh Vale Rd and Edna Walling Lane, Mooroolbark
Information: Parking in Pembroke Rd only. Most of the gardens are wheelchair friendly.
Open: 10am-4.30pm. $35.00 for eight gardens, no charge for children under 18

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Spectacular and Historic Gardens of the Western District
Western District

Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 October


Photograph courtesy of Claire Takacs
Booking details:
Bookings are essential for this event as places are very limited.

$750.00 including all transfers, all meals and one night's accommodation at the Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
(Single supplement of $95.00)

To book please phone 03 5427 1488 during business hours or email national@opengarden.org.au

Members of Friends of Open Gardens Australia are entitled to a 5% 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
Join this exciting coach tour led by Neil Robertson, former CEO of Open Gardens Australia for an extraordinary opportunity to visit six significant gardens and homesteads in western Victoria: Terrinallum, Goodwood, Minjah, Toora West, Chatsworth House and Mawallok.

These magnificent gardens include some of Victoria's earliest designed gardens by Edward Latrobe Bateman and William Guilfoyle.

Beautiful trees and stone walling provide a strong framework to the gardens, some reinvigorated in recent times to reflect a more contemporary garden aesthetic.

There are also productive gardens that are both fruitful and ornamental, and the tour will include a guided tour of the beautiful kitchen garden at the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld where you'll stay the night.
Event Details:
Tour departs from Spencer St, Melbourne at 8.30am


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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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