Welcome to Open Gardens Victoria

Since launching in 2015 Open Gardens Victoria has become an established part of the gardening scene.  2020 has been a difficult year for us all. Despite being severely impacted by Covid-19, having to cancel our autumn and spring garden openings, we have endeavoured to keep our community connected to gardens with interesting new initiatives via our website, Instagram and Facebook platforms. 

Post Covid, we look forward to again opening a collection of diverse gardens ranging from designer to owner grown and maintained, huge to tiny, rural to metropolitan, eclectic and quirky, food production and everything in between! 

 As well as catering to traditional garden lovers, Open Gardens Victoria is aiming to encourage a younger audience to get into gardening. In this changing world, no matter how large or small the space available to us for gardening, OGV is committed to engaging a broad audience in a variety of ways, promoting gardening as a valuable form of creative expression and an important part of our culture.

 

Our Giving Program 

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

Through our calendar of Open Gardens, 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 groups including Therapeutic Gardens at the Royal Talbot Hospital, Travelling Bursaries for horticultural students, 3000acres, Planthunter, Friends of Bishopscourt and many more.

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

Applications close on December 31, 2020.

Grants will be awarded in April 2021.

Some of the organisations to benefit via donations from OGV and garden owners include:

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

Parkinsons Victoria

The Planthunter

Port Phillip Eco Centre

Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia

Rotary Brighton

Sava-a-Dog

Transit Soup Kichen & Food Support

Tylden Primary School

 

There’s a lot to look forward to!

OGV offers a variety of events each season and in the year 2021 we look forward to a calendar that is full and diverse.

With many garden owners whose openings were cancelled this year choosing to roll their openings over to next year, it’s going to be a bumper 2021! We are looking forward to the time when our supporters will once again be able to experience the joys of wandering through inspirational gardens. It’s going to be an exciting time for us all. We can’t wait to welcome you to a garden soon!

Maybe you know of a garden you could recommend for opening? Are you interested in opening your garden? We are always open to suggestions so don’t be shy! Please contact us at: selection@opengardensvictoria.org.au

In the meantime, we will continue to inspire you via this website and our social media sites with our Insta Live Tours hosted by Stephen Read. We will bring you more of our interesting Virtual Tours and invite you to enter our very popular competitions. Look out for the Plant of the Week and send us your photos that relate to our monthly Theme of the Month. All details of these initiatives are on the What’s On tab.

Keep checking What’s On as it is regularly updated.

 

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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

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

Volunteers

There are many ways in which to become a valued member of the Open Gardens Victoria organisation. Perhaps you would enjoy belonging to a sub committee.

There is always room for more positive input on the Marketing/Communications committee, the Selection committee or the Events committee.

Would you like to join our selectors in sourcing gardens for our openings? Would you like to 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 and sleep better!

Send us an email and tell us how you would like to volunteer in this very worthwhile and exciting organisation: info@opengardensvictoria.org.au

Let's get 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 is a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Do you receive our very informative newsletters? It’s another great way to stay informed and be involved. Go to our newsletter page on this website to read past issues, or subscribe and we will email upcoming newsletters directly to your inbox.  

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Please contact us with suggestions or queries, or if you would like further information about OGV! We look forward to having you all as part of our community.

Email us at: info@opengardensvictoria.org.au