Saturday 4 December, 2021 to
Sunday 5 December, 2021

10.00am – 4.30pm



$10 Adults/$6 Students   
Under 18 free

Please note  (due to COVID-19 protocols):

  • Tickets can be booked and pre-paid online via TryBooking. Bookings for this smaller garden are in timeslots so please arrive at your designated time but you can enjoy the garden at your leisure.
  • Visitors over the age of 16 must be double vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption. Click here for more information.
  • Entry via payment at the gate will be accepted.
  • Sustainable practices are important to OGV, therefore where possible please either print your own garden notes or save them for viewing on your mobile device.

Booking link -  via TryBooking

Garden Notes

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'Heartland' is a personally expressive and experimental garden of 350-400 square meters. This garden is influenced by owner Jac Semmler's rural childhood, generations of plantswomen and time in Australian landscapes.

It demonstrates what is possible with a plant driven approach on a suburban home block by a busy couple. It is an achievable example of what a gardener can squeeze into on a house block with a vegie patch, cut flowers, potting shed, chicken coop, and a green wall tucked into the backyard.

Ornamental plantings utilise a broad palette of perennials and annuals, both Australian native and exotic plants. In three years, the garden has transformed from concrete and lawn and is still 'in progress' and developing, as gardens always are.

Highlights include:

  • perennial gardens and rain-fed verge garden
  • walled courtyard with pizza oven, outdoor bath and potting shed; and
  • productive backyard with vegie patch, cut flowers, chickens and small orchard.

Jac is a Gardener and also calls herself "a Planthunter and Seed queen". She is particularly interested in the big questions around the future of ornamental gardens and identity in an Australian landscape. She will be on hand to discuss development and practice in her garden which is a real treat.

Read more about Jac and her garden in:

The Plant Society Journal

The Planthunter

The Age

Gate takings will be used to support a Greenhouse for plant propogation.

There is some street parking, but please be respectful of neighbours. You can also access this garden from Frankston station and local buses. There is no toilet on site, but public toilets in close proximity in central Frankston.

Other activities in the area:

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