Welcome to Open Gardens Victoria Inc
Open Gardens Victoria Inc is a new not-for-profit organization formed to continue the long tradition of opening private gardens throughout Victoria.
Victoria has a proud horticultural history - Australia's first open garden program was launched here in 1987 and over the years the much-loved scheme has proven irresistible to garden lovers. Open Gardens Victoria continues to provide the opportunity to visit wonderful gardens in this State, building on the legacy handed down by Open Gardens Australia following its closure at the end of June 2015.
The Mother’s Day opening of Anne Vale’s Gippsland garden marks the end of the inaugural OGV open gardens season. What a journey it has been. Crowds flocked to our launch at Musk Cottage at the end of September and visitors have kept coming in large numbers ever since! So many have told us they are very grateful the open gardens program has been reincarnated in Victoria. To the band of hard working volunteers who have made this happen, a sincere thank you. Thanks too to the garden owners who have generously shared their gardens and helped support their charities.
The Annual Program
Each season OGV offers a program of inspirational gardens encompassing the entire range from designer to owner-grown and maintained, huge to tiny, rural to metropolitan and everything in between! The program features a mix of gardens that have delighted visitors in the past along with a selection of wonderful new ones.
Next season is looking very exciting, with a huge variety of gardens and locations being scheduled. We will put details online as dates are finalized so keep checking the website! The spring season will launch at Atilla Kapitany’s fascinating succulent garden on August 27 and 28.
As well as general private garden openings, each year the program will include themed openings, select garden tours, talks and special events. In fact, workshops and special events will continue even during the winter break. For instance, there are places available in the Composting Workshop being held in the beautiful Arundel garden in Geelong on 28 May. A coach tour of Macedon gardens on 1 September is sure to be popular, so book early.
Many garden owners have expressed an interest in opening their gardens for the new organisation. OGV aims to provide more support to owners and to return more funds to garden owners and/or their chosen charities. Garden entrance fees for a general opening are currently $8 and as a volunteer-run organisation, we will provide a generous 50/50 division of gate entrance fees.
If you are interested in opening your garden, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
OGV is fortunate that many experienced selectors have agreed to continue with the new organisation. Selectors play a crucial role in identifying inspiring gardens, maintaining links with garden owners, supporting them and engaging in significant forward planning for the program of openings. If you are interested in becoming a selector, please contact us at:
Friends of Open Gardens
A new Friends group offers garden lovers members-only activities and a two for-one entry to one general garden opening of their choice. Visit Friends OGV and find out more about how to become an annual member or to support OGV as a Foundation Friend during our first year of operation (open till 30 June 2016).
Join a sub-committee, assist owners on the gate, welcome garden visitors or help out in the carpark - there are many opportunities to Volunteer. Volunteers at openings receive free entry and the opportunity to enjoy a garden at leisure outside rostered shift times.
Whether you are a garden owner, selector, visitor or volunteer, we encourage you to get involved with OGV. You can contact us with suggestions or queries at "email@example.com"
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