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Australia’s best display of professionally designed gardens

Attention garden lovers! Garden DesignFest, showcasing the work of some of Victoria's leading professional garden designers, will be held over two weekends in November.

Twenty-nine outstanding gardens will be open to the public on the weekends of 10 and 11 November (gardens in Ballarat, Bendigo, Kyneton and Malmsbury) and 17 and 18 November (gardens in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula).

The historic Lal Lal Estate in Ballarat will be opened to the public for the first time during Garden DesignFest. Four other gardens in the area will also be open during the weekend of 10 and 11 November.

Gardens open in the Melbourne Metropolitan area and the Mornington Peninsula on 17 and 18 November include Musk Cottage at Flinders designed by Rick Eckersley and Myles Broad and gardens in Metropolitan Melbourne designed by John Patrick and Robert Boyle.

Depending on the size of the garden, single garden entry prices are $5, $8 or $12 per garden (available at the gates). Alternatively, you can buy an All Garden Entry tickets (for multiple gardens) online through

All Garden Entry tickets enable entry to every garden on display over the two weekends as follows:

  • Rural: All Gardens Tickets for November 10 and 11 – $40

  • Metro/Peninsula: All Gardens Tickets for November 17 and 18 – $60

    Another popular part of the event are one-day bus tours to selected gardens. Going on a Garden DesignFest bus tour is a great way to see many gardens in one day with lunch, garden notes and a Garden DesignFest ticket if patrons wish to visit other gardens the next day, included! Find out more at

    The main charity for monies raised during Garden DesignFest 2018 is End Trachoma by 2020.

    For more information and garden images, see the Garden DesignFest website or visit the Facebook page.

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    When: 10 & 11 November and 17 & 18 November
    Where: Various Locations
    Cost: $5, $8 or $12
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