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Everything's Rosy During this Open Garden Weekend
Looking for garden design inspiration? Or do you just enjoy ambling around beautiful gardens? Then make sure you put Garden DesignFest in your diary! Nearly 30 outstanding gardens, designed by Melbourne's top landscapers, will be open to the public on the weekend of 15-16 November, from 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Many of the gardens have seldom been seen by the public, including four large exclusive sites on the Mornington Peninsula and (on Sunday only) four at Euroa.
One of the gardens on display - 26 Fermanagh Rd, Camberwell
For the first time, two significant school gardens and landscapes are also included, showing a range of possibilities for larger sites.
Displays range from intimate and traditional, to formal and industrial-scale. Some ramble, some are naturalistic, and some could give you ideas for your backyard.
Landscape architect, TV host and Garden DesignFest patron John Patrick says, "It's a chance for garden lovers to see how landscapers blend gardens with architecture, streetscape, levels, site limitations and clients' taste. You can chat with the designers and get tips about slopes, water, plants and privacy. It's quite different from just seeing a show garden."
Another stunning design, this one is at 22 Margarita Street, Hampton
Designers will be on-site to chat and give advice over coffee, scones and sausages. Here's your chance to chat with Rick Eckersley, Robert Boyle, Steve Taylor or Paul Bangay.
Tickets are $8 or $12 per garden (available at the gates) or $45 for a multi-garden ticket (includes a guidebook and access to all gardens). Click here to buy your multi-garden ticket (or they can be purchased on the day).
Click here to see a full listing of the gardens open for display for Garden DesignFest.
Garden DesignFest is on during the weekend of 15-16 November
Want to maximise your Garden DesignFest experience? Consider taking a bus tour with expert guides. You can choose from a range of options, including a Saturday city gardens tour ($160 - visiting 8 gardens, lunch pack, drink and snack included), through to a combined Saturday and Sunday tour, visiting city gardens on Saturday and Euroa Gardens on Sunday, for $320 (including lunch pack, drink and snack each day).
All revenue raised through Garden DesignFest 2014 supports Rotary charities, which include the Stroke Association of Victoria, Violence Free Families, and Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation.