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
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. 9am-1pm or 2pm-6pm
Booking details:
Bookings are essential for this event as places are very limited.

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

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 Details:
Bus departs Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond (parking available in Yarra Boulevard)


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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


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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