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Complete guide to Summer and Autumn openings
2017 has arrived after a series of wet weather events towards the end of 2016, events that are typically great for everyone's garden. But if your garden happens to be special, well kept and lovingly tended, then late summer and autumn present some very special moments.

Open Gardens Victoria, Bishopcourt, Elleon, Things to do in Melbourne, Coliban Springs, Stone Axe, Stephen Ryans Tugurium, Open Gardens, The Bollards, Milford, Gunyah,
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Open Gardens Victoria, in conjunction with a number of dedicated and loving gardeners, has arranged for another 16 stunning gardens to be open this summer and autumn for viewing, inspiration and admiration by the general public as the gardens themselves change color during the changing of the seasons.

Open Gardens Victoria, Bishopcourt, Elleon, Things to do in Melbourne, Coliban Springs, Stone Axe, Stephen Ryans Tugurium, Open Gardens, The Bollards, Milford, Gunyah,
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The complete summer and autumn program is as follows :

February 11 : No-Time-To-Garden Garden, 60 Walker Street, Clifton Hill
February 11 : The Bollards, 377 Wellington Street, Clifton Hill
February 18-19 : Milford, 16 Kintore Street, Camberwell
March 4-5 : Gunyah, 22 Lochinvar St, Pascoe Vale South
March 11-12 : Coliban Springs, 866 Coliban Park Rd, Redesdale
March 11-12 : Stone Axe, 390 North Redesdale Road, Redesdale
March 18-19 : Stephen Ryan's Tugurium, 8 Centenary Avenue,
Macedon
April 1-2 : Bishopcourt, 84-122 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne
April 8-9 : Elleon, Upwey
April 8-9 : The Cottage Garden, 2 Lily St, Glen Waverley
April 15-16 : A Woodland Garden, 28 Pioneer Road, Stanley
April 15-16 : Wallasey - Beaumaris, 11 Weir Lane, Beechworth
April 22-23 : Shirley Carn's Garden, 5 David St, Monbulk
April 29-30 : Greg Block's Garden, 514 Humffray Street South, Golden Point, Ballarat
May 6-7 : Linden, 10 Margaret Street, Research
May 6-7 : Annie's Garden, Research

Open Gardens Victoria, Bishopcourt, Elleon, Things to do in Melbourne, Coliban Springs, Stone Axe, Stephen Ryans Tugurium, Open Gardens, The Bollards, Milford, Gunyah,
Image courtesy OGV


Most gardens are open from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays (few exceptions noted above), and has an entrance fee of $8 for adults, $5 for concession holders and free for children. Some towns have arranged for several gardens to open on the same day within the town, thus making for a great day out for locals or perhaps an ideal weekend escape for visitors.

Open Gardens Victoria, Bishopcourt, Elleon, Things to do in Melbourne, Coliban Springs, Stone Axe, Stephen Ryans Tugurium, Open Gardens, The Bollards, Milford, Gunyah,
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In addition to the wonderful gardens on display at each property, there are usually Devonshire teas, scones, cake stalls and plant stalls with some gardens also hosting small markets and live entertainment from local musicians. All surplus funds raised from the day are directed towards local charities.

Open Gardens Victoria, Bishopcourt, Elleon, Things to do in Melbourne, Coliban Springs, Stone Axe, Stephen Ryans Tugurium, Open Gardens, The Bollards, Milford, Gunyah,
Image courtesy OGV


Continuing with the garden theme, Open Gardens Victora is hosting a number of special events, including coach tours, learning sessions and gardening demonstrations in and around some of Victoria's most well known gardens. Kicking these special events off is a couch tour of the Sculpture Parks and Sculptured Gardens in and around the Mornington Peninsula on Friday 24 February.

Open Gardens Victoria, Bishopcourt, Elleon, Things to do in Melbourne, Coliban Springs, Stone Axe, Stephen Ryans Tugurium, Open Gardens, The Bollards, Milford, Gunyah,
Image courtesy OGV


Meanwhile later on the 25th March the garden of Arundel in Geelong East hosts a Compost Education session, while on 31 March a coach tour takes visitors on a special tour of the great gardens around the Kyneton region. All three of these special events are ticketed with limited availability so booking early is encouraged.

Open Gardens Victoria, Bishopcourt, Elleon, Things to do in Melbourne, Coliban Springs, Stone Axe, Stephen Ryans Tugurium, Open Gardens, The Bollards, Milford, Gunyah,
Image courtesy OGV


As all gardens are outside and are subject to the elements, it is recommended to check the Open Gardens Victoria website or their facebook page for any late changes or cancellations, particularly during periods of inclement weather. For all other details regarding the Open Gardens Victoria, refer to their website,
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Why? Autumn is the garden's greatest
When: Feb - May 2017
Where: Victoria
Cost: $8 for adults, cheaper for concession
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