Welcome to Open Gardens Victoria
Launched in 2015, Open Gardens Victoria is now an established part of the gardening scene. As well as catering to traditional garden lovers, OGV aims to encourage our younger demographic to embrace gardening. In this changing world, no matter how large or small the space available to us, OGV is committed to engaging a broad audience in a variety of ways, promoting 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 have endeavoured 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: Alkira; Therapeutic Gardens at the Royal Talbot Hospital; Travelling Bursaries for horticultural students; 3000acres; Planthunter; Friends of Bishopscourt; and many more listed 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:
- 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
- Transit Soup Kichen & Food Support
- Tylden Primary School
Events, activities, inspiration!
Thankfully, once again we are able to experience the joys of wandering through inspirational gardens. Now mid 2021 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.
We have many garden owners whose openings were cancelled in 2020, who have agreed to open in 2021. We have lots in the pipeline so keep your eyes on our home page.
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
OGV offers a variety of events each season. However we haven’t been able to offer our usual range of events due to Covid-19 but 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 monthly competition, Insta Live tours, Plant of the month, something for the kids and much more …
COVID Safe public health guidelines
To adhere to Covid public health guidelines, we have a few measures in place to keep everyone safe.
* Tickets must be booked and pre-paid online via the TryBooking link.
* Tickets must be presented at the entrance.
* Register with the QR code or Sign in at the entry.
* Hand santiser will be made available.
* A limited number of garden notes will be available. However, where possible please read on your phone, or print at home and bring with you.
Thank you for your assistance, and respect for the environment and our safety. Keep safe and enjoy!
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.
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 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
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.
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