The three recipients of OGV’s latest travel bursary have returned home from their travels, eager to share their stories.
For the second year running, OGV distributed the $10,000 bursary amongst three students studying horticulture at the University of Melbourne. The bursary funds national or international travel to develop skills and knowledge in garden design and other related fields.
In our first instalment, we catch up with Clare Harvey, who is studying the Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture at Melbourne University’s Burnley campus, working at a nursery and various community gardens, and doing freelance garden design and installation. Clare used her share of the bursary to visit some of the diverse urban agriculture systems in Toronto, Canada.
Spring has arrived at Bickleigh Vale Village right on time for the sensational opening of eight gardens within this enchanting community created by Edna Walling in Mooroolbark almost 100 years ago. I visited back in autumn with photographer Brett Horan, and now Brett has just come back from another visit, capturing all the spring magic of the gardens OGV will be opening on Sunday 13th October. Mark it in your diary – this will be a real treat!
OGV has donated $10,000 to the development of an exciting new therapeutic garden for Austin Health’s Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Melbourne.
This came under OGV’s giving program, which each year, channels a portion of open garden proceeds back to charities and organisations with a connection to horticulture. This year, the proceeds from the last Cranlana garden opening provided much of the funding.
OGV Chair Liz Fazio, and landscape designer Stephen Read met recently with the brains behind the project, Steven Wells. Steven gave them the low-down on his draft design to transform a sterile space into an attention-grabbing garden.
In the fading days of autumn, I visited Edna Walling’s Bickleigh Vale village in Mooroolbark with photographer Brett Horan to capture a little of the magic of the eight gardens OGV will be opening on Sunday 13th October. Mark it in your diary – this will be a real treat!
Have you noticed tiny productive gardens popping up in the city in the most unlikely places? Indoor spaces, balconies, courtyards, nature strips, roofs and community plots are being used across Melbourne to grow plants and food.
Over the past few months, we’ve been lucky enough to see some wonderfully bountiful gardens up close. As part of OGV’s Green City initiative, and thanks to a grant from the Lord’s Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, we teamed up with 3000acres - a group that encourages people in urban communities grow food for themselves - to open a range of productive backyards in the inner suburbs.
After decades of designing to clients’ tastes, Rick Eckersley and his business partner Myles Broad have embraced the glorious luxury of impromptu experimentation and light-hearted fun at their 10-hectare work-in-progress on the Mornington Peninsula.
Banish the idea that winter gardens are dull. This July, OGV had the pleasure of opening a beautifully crafted, light and inviting inner city garden designed by landscape architect Andrew Laidlaw.
In front of a crackling outdoor fire, Andrew shared his tips for designing a garden that shines in winter – explaining to visitors some of the key plants he has used to make this compact Toorak garden feel so inviting.
Here, clever planting design has made the garden a true extension of indoor spaces, maximising winter light and drawing you through the spaces to enjoy some beautiful flowering plants.
In 2017, OGV awarded the inaugural Open Gardens Victoria Travel Bursary of $10,000, shared amongst three students studying horticulture at the University of Melbourne. The bursary funds national or international travel to develop skills and knowledge in garden design and other related fields.
Daniel Brown was a successful applicant and recent graduate of the Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture at Melbourne University’s Burnley campus. Here, Daniel shares snapshots and tales from his travels earlier this year while visiting more than 10 of the most iconic gardens in the UK including Great Dixter in East Sussex and Beth Chatto’s garden in Essex.
Ever wondered about the origins of some of our most-loved garden plants? OGV Garden Selector Helen Kennedy recently took a fascinating tour of China’s Yunnan Province – one of the most botanically diverse areas on earth and native home to plants such as roses, magnolias and rhododendrons. Helen kindly shares her experiences here…
Eight months ago Karen Sutherland of Edible Eden Design opened her incredible urban food garden ‘Gunyah’ with Open Gardens Victoria. If you missed it this year, Karen has just announced she will be opening her garden with OGV again on 4th and 5th March 2017.
Karen is passionate about teaching people how to create productive, edible gardens. Keep reading as we share her expert tips for a productive summer garden!
On the evening of 13 September, more than 80 garden enthusiasts came to Mueller Hall, eager to hear Steven Wells talk about his recent Churchill Fellowship tour of therapeutic gardens in hospitals overseas.