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

The Patch Primary School, The Patch. 14 & 15 March
Bellarine Peninsula Garden Tour, Bellarine Peninsula. 27 March
Cruden Farm, Langwarrin. 10 May
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 on designing children's landscapes and plant selection.

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:

This event is now SOLD OUT.

If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations please email our National Office with your name, phone number and the number of tickets you require, or phone 03 5427 1488 during business hours.

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

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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