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They dipped their toes in the water in their first year in 2015. And then a bit more during 2016. And now back for their third year running, Open Gardens Victoria are looking to fully immerse themselves and yourself into some of the very best spring gardens that Victoria has on offer.

Open Gardens Victoria, Coriyule, Illyarrie, Warooka, Hill Station, Frog Hill, Ard Rudah, Kinkora, Woodcote, Candlebark, Mareeba
'The Elms' - Image courtesy OGV


Throughout Victoria many inspirational garden owners have been tending their garden over winter in readiness for a stunning spring season, a season where they will open their garden for you to visit, enjoy and become inspired yourself. The schedule of Open Gardens for this Spring is as follows:

Coriyule, Curlewis (near Drysdale) : 3 September
1-69 McDermott Road

A once-off ticketed event at this historic homestead and garden which dates back to 1849. Tickets are $15 each with entrance numbers limited

Illyarrie, Balnarring Beach : 16-17 September
7 Library Road

A balanced garden featuring many WA species including banksias and grevilleas, and a "carpet of colour under a canopy"

Open Gardens Victoria, Coriyule, Illyarrie, Warooka, Hill Station, Frog Hill, Ard Rudah, Kinkora, Woodcote, Candlebark, Mareeba
'Coriyule' - Image courtesy OGV


Warooka, Montrose : 23-24 September
17 Jubilee Road

A sloped garden with steps, rocks and a boardwalk offer stunning vistas of this garden complete with a number of WA and South African plants and bulbs

Illabunda, Venus Bay : 21-22 October
808 Lees Road

A 'place of swallows' greets visitors with a myriad of banksias, acacias, correas and a significant old growth forest of coast manna gums.

The Hill Station, Fish Creek : 21-22 October
105 Mathers Road

A two acre natural garden with mass plantings, kangaroos paws and xanthorrheas being prominent

Open Gardens Victoria, Coriyule, Illyarrie, Warooka, Hill Station, Frog Hill, Ard Rudah, Kinkora, Woodcote, Candlebark, Mareeba
'Warooka' - Image courtesy Open Gardens Victoria


Frog Hill, Freshwater Creek : 28-29 October
270 Bogans Lane

Romance abounds from this productive and pretty garden covered with annuals and friendly lawns on the city's edge

Orvieto, Lilydale : 29 October
37a Summit Road

Conifers feature strongly in this steep sloped garden amongst a number of traditional shrubs, perennials and deciduous trees

Open Gardens Victoria, Coriyule, Illyarrie, Warooka, Hill Station, Frog Hill, Ard Rudah, Kinkora, Woodcote, Candlebark, Mareeba
'Frog Hill' - Image courtesy OGV


The Elms, Wonga Park : 29 October
38 Dudley Road

35 years of evolution has seen this garden became a great balance of nature with water, vistas, lawns and garden beds maturing perfectly over Spring

Ard Rudah, Mt Macedon : 4-5 November
49 Devonshire Lane

A heritage listed garden whose origins go back 140 years features many old and rare trees amongst some stunning architecture from yesteryear

Open Gardens Victoria, Coriyule, Illyarrie, Warooka, Hill Station, Frog Hill, Ard Rudah, Kinkora, Woodcote, Candlebark, Mareeba
'Ard Rudah' - Image courtesy OGV


Mareeba, Murrindindi / Yea : 4-5 November
1 Creeds Road

A garden of complementary mature trees masks the real beauty of this garden being both the garden beds, the fruit orchard and the productive vegetable garden

Candlebark, Limestone / Yea : 4-5 November
179 Langs Road

The seeds of the original candlebark have given rise to this stunning property of multiple candlebarks lined with complementary shrubs, annual and perennials

Open Gardens Victoria, Coriyule, Illyarrie, Warooka, Hill Station, Frog Hill, Ard Rudah, Kinkora, Woodcote, Candlebark, Mareeba
'Mareeba' - Image courtesy OGV


Banool, Ringwood : 11-12 November
57-59 Wonga Road

A park like garden with an old stone home and many magnificent tall trees makes this garden a must-see for those looking to see what sheltered trees can provide

Woodcote, Kilsyth : 11-12 November
73 Pascoe Avenue

The home of Sandra McMahon who has transformed this garden into five featuring a native, Japanese, woodland and water, rose and fruit and vegetable garden.

Kinkora, Hawthorn : 18-19 November
15-17 Kinkora Road

A garden of many gardens, Kinkora is a 140 year city property featuring many imported and local plants, shrubs and trees

Open Gardens Victoria, Coriyule, Illyarrie, Warooka, Hill Station, Frog Hill, Ard Rudah, Kinkora, Woodcote, Candlebark, Mareeba
'Banool' - Image courtesy OGV


Most gardens are open from 10am to 430pm with an entrance fee of $8 per adult and $5 per student. Entrance fees are shared between the property owner who generally dedicates them to a local or personal charity, and to Open Gardens Victoria who use them to support and further horticultural causes. And in keeping with the spirit of having a great day out, a number of gardens will provide morning/afternoon teas, music, plant sales and advice.



Open Gardens Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates the opening of gardens and associated horticultural events for gardeners and lovers of nature to enjoy. For further details on Open Gardens Victoria or the calendar of events refer to their website or to their facebook page.
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Why? Everyone loves a great garden
When: Sept - Nov 2017
Where: Across Victoria
Cost: Generally $8 per adult
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