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Free Family Festivals and Gardens to Visit in Spring

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published August 8th 2013
Celebrate the best of Spring for free
With Spring just around the corner what better way to celebrate all that is Spring with free events and open gardens bursting into life after a dull wet winter?


Spring sees the bare branches of the deciduous trees come to life with new lush foliage, daffodil flowers colour the landscape a bright yellow, the baby birds are tweeting and spring lambs are being born, it's a time of renewal and life and the perfect time to visit all the wonderful gardens at their peak.

Whilst there are heaps of events and activities and events in Victoria that can cost a fortune, like the Spring racing festival or the Spring fashion week, there are also many enjoyable free events.

Here are my top picks of free Spring festivals and gardens:

National Rhododendron Gardens

Visiting gardens in the Dandenong Ranges would be my top pick with the National Rhododendron Garden Spring festival in full bloom and is wonderful. Take a picnic and enjoy the view.

Others to visit include the Alfred Nicholas memorial gardens, Pirianda Garden, George Tindale memorial gardens is another favourite garden of mine with the big lake at the bottom and picturesque gardens that will not disappoint. R.J Hamer Arboretum is not a 'pretty' flower garden like the others mentioned but the views over the ranges are lovely and worth a look.

All gardens mentioned above are run by Parks Victoria so entry is free.

In Melbourne you can enjoy the Royal Botanic Gardens Spring Open day with tours, activities and entertainment that's entirely free. Being the biggest day on the Royal Botanic Gardens calendar, it attracts 12,000 visitors in one day.

Bright Spring Festival is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the event between Saturday 19th October - Tuesday 5th November with a full schedule of events that include the Bright market, open gardens and workshops, stitch and quilt, Myrtleford agricultural show, pasta class, Spring events feast, Myrtleford fun run, fireworks spectacular and a monster main street rotary market.
Some of these are free such as the markets and demonstrations but others have entry fees such as the Myrtleford show and fun run. Click for more information and a brochure you can download.

Stonnington Spring into Gardening is a popular annual event held in the Victorian Gardens in High Street Prahran on the 13th of October from 11am - 3pm. This is a free event.

City of Whitehorse is holding its free annual family Spring festival on the 20th of October with entertainment, rides, amusements, activities and community stalls with more than 10,000 people attending previous festivals.

City of Whitehorse Spring Festival

For something different try the Spring Fling Film Festival on the 12th of October, Spring Art @ Old Post Office, Seymour. A group exhibition of award winning Australian artists or the Ballarat SpringFest.

Enjoy every thing that is Spring.

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Why? To celebrate everything that is Spring
Where: Various locations around Victoria
Cost: Free
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by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12558) 2417 days ago
Wow there are lots of great events going on in spring. I love the gardens this time of year. Thanks for the article :)
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