Welcome to Open Gardens Victoria
Open Gardens Victoria Inc is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2015 to continue the long tradition of opening private gardens throughout Victoria following the closure of Open Gardens Australia.
Crowds flocked to OGV's launch at Musk Cottage at the end of September 2015, and visitors have kept coming in large numbers ever since! Each season we open diverse gardens acoss the State. They range from designer to owner grown and maintained, huge to tiny, rural to metropolitan and everything in between! Some openings feel like a garden party, others provide insights into plant selection for local conditions, and many give garden lovers great and inspiring ideas
Our extremely successful 2017 Spring-Autumn Season saw more than 18,000 visitors to our gardens and raised around $100,000 for charity.
We would like to thank our wonderful garden owners who put their heart and soul into preparing their gardens for an opening and to the many volunteers who make the openings and indeed, the very existence of Open Gardens Victoria possible.
Some of the charities to benefit from the 16/17 spring and autumn season are:
Ballarat Floral Art
Bishopscourt Garden Program
Breast Cancer Network Australia
Canterbury Girls College
Country Fire Authority
Eltham Men’s Shed
Eltham Rural Group
Fitted for Work
Gipplsland Life Skills for Young People
Interchange Inner East
Redesdale Pavilion Fund
Royal Talbot Therapeutic Gardens
William Murray Trust
It's Not Just Gardens
OGV offers a program of events each season. Talks, coach tours and workshops are just some of the events which will feature on the 2017/18 calendar.
2017 Spring Program
Our spring program is currently being finalised. Details of many openings are already online, with more to follow. Keep looking at the website for updates.
We also encourage you to keep looking at our website for the latest information in case a garden is forced to reschedule. Last year torrential rain forced postponement of several openings and the threat of fire is sometimes an issue in the warmer months.
Many garden owners have expressed an interest in opening their gardens with OGV.
Garden entrance fees for a general opening are currently $8 , which is shared equally by the owners and OGV. Many garden owners choose to donate their share to a chosen charity. As a not-for-profit organisation, OGV uses much of its surplus to support horticultural causes.
If you are interested in opening your garden, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The OGV Friends group offers garden lovers priority booking to talks, a two-for-one entry to one general garden opening of their choice and members only events which include the annual Friends Christmas get together. They are also given the first opportunity to volunteer at openings and events. Details are on the Friends tab on this web-site.
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 or by phone on 0472 997 880.
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