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.

Visitors

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 across 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.

Charities

Some of the charities to benefit from the 16/17 spring and autumn season are: 

  • Ballarat Floral Art
  • Beaufort Hospital
  • Beyond Blue
  • Bishopscourt Garden Program
  • Breast Cancer Network Australia
  • Canterbury Girls College
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Eltham Men’s Shed
  • Eltham Rural Group
  • Fitted for Work
  • Focus
  • Gippsland Life Skills for Young People
  • Interchange Inner East
  • OTIS Foundation
  • Oxfam
  • Redesdale Pavilion Fund
  • Royal Talbot Therapeutic Gardens
  • Skipton Hospital
  • Tipping Foundation
  • 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 2018/19 calendar. 

2018 Spring Program

Our spring program is currently being finalised.  Details of many new garden openings will gradually come online. 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.  

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Garden Owners

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: selection@opengardensvictoria.org.au 

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 at:  selection@opengardensvictoria.org.au 

Friends of Open Gardens Victoria

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 website.

Volunteers

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.

Get involved

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 info@opengardensvictoria.org.au or by phone on 0472 997 880.

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