Welcome to Open Gardens Victoria

Launched in 2015, Open Gardens Victoria is now an established part of the gardening scene.

In this changing world, no matter how large or small the space available to us, OGV is committed to engaging and encouraging our traditional garden lovers and our younger demographic to embrace gardening, as a valuable form of creative expression and sustenance within our culture.

Despite our open gardens being severely impacted by COVID-19 over the last 18 months, we endeavour to keep our community connected to gardens with interesting new online initiatives for all, via our website.

Our Giving Program 

Open Gardens Victoria is a not for profit organisation. We aim to inspire more people to embrace gardens and gardening as an active ingredient for a good life and a greener community.

Through our calendar of Open Gardens and Friends of OGV, we raise money to benefit charities and organisations that have a connection with horticultural activities, all here in Victoria. In the past five years we’ve made donations to many different groups. See the growing list below. 

OGV grant applications will be open soon. If you have a project in mind that falls within one of our giving arms (Education, Wellness, Innovation, Community, and Sustainability), require funding, and meet our stated criteria, up to $10K can be applied for.

* Guidelines & Application Form - TBA
* Applications close - TBA
* Grants will be awarded - TBA

 

Organisations that have benefitted via donations from OGV and garden owners:

  • Alkira
  • Anglesea CFA
  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
  • Burwood Heights Primary School
  • Cabrini Hospital
  • Duneira Garden Trust
  • Geelong Animal Welfare Society
  • Groomed to Go
  • Guide Dogs Australia
  • Karwarra Australian Plant Garden
  • Leukaemia Foundation
  • Melba Opera Trust
  • Nepean Historical Society Museum
  • Olinda CFA
  • Parkinson's Victoria
  • The Planthunter
  • Port Phillip Eco Centre
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
  • Rotary Brighton
  • Save-a-Dog
  • Transit Soup Kichen & Food Support
  • Tylden Primary School

 

Events, activities, inspiration!

While we live with intermittent COVID lockdowns, we have already brought you a diverse collection of gardens ranging in size, location, eclectic and quirky, food production and everything in between! Of course there are more to come, and with your safety in mind, Victorian health guidelines will be adhered to under COVID normal. 

Thank you to the many garden owners whose openings were cancelled in 2020, who have agreed to open in 2021. With spring around the corner we hope to be able to experience the joys of wandering through inspirational gardens again, as we have a full calendar of open gardens already.

Can you recommend a garden for opening? Are you interested in opening your own garden? We are always open to suggestions so don’t be shy! Please contact us 

Under normal circumstances we aim to offer a variety of events each season. Keep checking our What’s On section for more events coming soon. We thank you, our supporters, for staying with us during the COVID times.

In the meantime, we will continue to inspire you via this website, our social media sites, and with our Insta Live Tours hosted by Stephen Read. When our gardens were closed we brought you some online activities which are continuing as Discover More. Check back regularly to be inspired with our online activities, eg Plant of the month, Insta Live tours, something for the kids and much more …

Check What’s On and Discover More often. 

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Friends of Open Gardens Victoria

Would you like to become a Friend of Open Gardens Victoria? Find out how on the Friends tab on this website.

Volunteers

There are many ways to get involved and become a valued member of the Open Gardens Victoria organisation. Join our great team and add your positive input to one of the following sub-committees:

Marketing / Communications committee

Selection committee - to join our selectors in sourcing gardens for our openings

Events committee - maybe volunteer some of your time assisting garden owners at openings, on the gate, perhaps staffing a plant stall, welcoming garden visitors, delivering refreshments to other volunteers, directing visitors away from hazards or helping out in the car park?

Volunteers at openings receive free entry and the opportunity to enjoy a garden at leisure outside rostered shift times. Don't forget - volunteers are happier, healthier people who sleep better!

Send us an email and tell us how you would like to volunteer in this very worthwhile and exciting organisation.

Selectors

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 

Being involved

Whether you are a garden owner, visitor, sub-committee member, selector, friend or volunteer, or have the potential or desire to be any of the above, we encourage you to get involved.  Being an active participant in this now well established and growing organisation can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Newsletters

We produce informative newsletters.
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Email us at: info@opengardensvictoria.org.au