OGV donates to new therapeutic garden

  • 23 August 2019

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.


Winter Parks and Gardens

  • 3 July 2019

Feeling the chill? Forget about faux fur blankets and hygge - head for the park instead!

It may not be your first thought as the mercury plummets. But layer up, and winter in Victoria is the time you'll see gardens as you’ve never seen them before.

The season’s rain transforms tired foliage into pallets of luxurious green. Deciduous shrubs and trees unveil intricate structural forms. Evergreen conifers reveal their grandeur. But perhaps best of all, there's the late bloomers - from pastel pink Luculias to shyly nodding Hellebores.


Sneak Peek: Discovering Bickleigh Vale

  • 13 June 2019

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!

Words by Kate Catterall. Images by Brett Horan.


OGV Green City Initiative

  • 28 May 2019

Green City is an Open Gardens Victoria initiative that encourages people to garden, no matter how small the available space.


Green City and 3000acres

  • 15 May 2019

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.


'Open Slather' - Musk Cottage, Flinders

  • 28 August 2018

Published in Green Magazine Issue 53, Pages 83-86

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.


Rethinking the winter garden

  • 4 August 2018

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.


Salvias – stars of autumn

  • 20 May 2018

Despite the recent cold snap, many autumn-flowering salvias are still at the height of their beauty, providing form and flower colour when many plants in the garden are becoming dormant for winter. 

OGV contributing photographer and salvia enthusiast, Brett Horan, shares some of his autumn salvia favourites with cultivation tips and some beautiful photographs from his Dandenong Ranges garden.

Be inspired!


The British winter garden: Travel snapshots from Daniel Brown

  • 21 April 2018

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.


Going plant hunting

  • 8 August 2017

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…


Get ready for a productive summer garden

  • 10 November 2016

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!


Gardens as Therapy - Steven Wells shares learning and passion

  • 6 October 2016

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.


Colour and cake - OGV’s launch a true celebration

  • 1 September 2016

The vibrant colours and Dr Seuss qualities of Attila and Michele Kapitany’s succulent garden was an incredible backdrop for OGV’s official 2016/17 season launch on 27 August. And yes, there was cake!


Succulents will star at OGV's season launch

  • 18 August 2016

Attila Kapitany’s garden will greet visitors with a kaleidoscope of colour when it opens on the 27th and 28th August for Open Gardens Victoria’s official 2016/17 Season Launch.


Cooking Up Compost - recipes for soil success

  • 16 June 2016

OGV's Cooking Up Compost workshops had a great turn-out.
Helena Buxton gave hands-on insights into creating perfect garden compost.


Arundel - A Gardener's Journey

  • 20 January 2016

In the beginning... Autumn in 2011 a short time after moving to Arundel