Garden DesignFest 2018
Three gardens in central Victoria will be featured as part of Garden DesignFest 2018 on November 10-11. A Lee Adam’s designed garden will be open to the public at 258 Carpenter St Sth, Spring Gully, Bendigo. The Aperture Garden (2/79 Wedge St Kyneton), designed by Kate and Kendall Monk will also open, as will “Melrose”, a circa 1860s bluestone cottage (33 Clowes St, Malmsbury) with a garden designed by Deborah Hambleton. Gardeners (or those just interested in gardens) will have the chance to talk to the designers.
When: November 10-11
Where: Various locations and prices
For more details: gardendesignfest.com.au
Gardens of the Goldfields
Explore a diverse selection of inspirational gardens in Castlemaine and surrounds as part of this 10-day festival which ends on November 11.
The Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens offers a range of gardens, from the awe-inspiring with majestic views to distant hills, grand and historical gardens to town gardens, veggie gardens, sculpture gardens, small cottage plots and gardens which will intrigue and inspire. In 2018 there will be 22 Gardens of the Goldfields open.
The event, which has been running for 25 years, happens every two years in Melbourne Cup Week, when 25 gardens are thrown open.
When: Until November 11
Where: Various locations and prices.
For more information: festivalofgardens.org
A mix of beautiful gardens, great views and sculpture draw admirers to Mica Grange, at Sutton Grange near Castlemaine. More than 60 exhibits from 15 sculptors are on display, with new works periodically being added to keep the contents fresh. There are far-reaching views of the plains east of the property. Open weekends from October 27 to November 25. Cost $6 per person. Morning/afternoon tea and lunch available. Group bookings available during the week.
When: October 27-25, 10-4pm. Entry $6
Where: Mica Grange, 373 Faraday/Sutton Grange Rd, Sutton Grange
For more information: www.micagrange.com.au or contact 54748262.
Mount Mitchell Estate
As part of My Open Garden the 10 hectare garden at Mount Mitchell Estate will be open on Saturday and Sunday. Turn back time and experience this historic country property, through characters of the past. Historic tours of the estate will be conducted by actors depicting Mount Mitchell personalities of significance (previous owners, architects, stable hands, domestic staff, gardens, etc). Explore garden rooms, parkland settings and National Trust listed buildings, old trades and farm. Children can play games of the past and immerse themselves in various farm activities. Bring a picnic, try some traditional fare, Devonshire or high teas.
When: October 10 and 11, 10am-5pm. Tickets adults $15. Children $5.
Where: Mount Mitchell Estate Sunraysia Highway, Lexton
Newham Garden Club Plant Sale
The Newham Garden Club is holding its renowned plant sale to raise funds for Newham and district community projects on Saturday. This biennial event attracts plant lovers from far and wide.
This year the sale has expanded the plant range and added garden-related goods including handmade cards, unique gifts and locally made preserves. Young gardeners can get involved in making miniature gardens from 10–11am. Drinks, scones, slices and savoury treats will also be available at the garden café.
Plants are locally propagated and all products are made by a hardworking group of volunteers. So if you are after a special Christmas gift or just some bargain-priced flowering plants, vegetables or herbs, come along and join the fun.
When: Saturday, November 10, 9am–3pm
Location: Newham Mechanics Institute, 1292 Rochford Road, Newham
Paul Bangay’s Stonefield
Renowned landscape designer Paul Bangay is opening his expansive Stonefield garden to the public for a special fundraiser this November that will help connect children with real food. The spectacular 16-hectare private property is near Daylesford in central Victoria. The event will benefit Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Foundation.
When: November 17 and 18, 10am-6pm. A private tour of the property with a $250 entry fee is being held on Sunday between 8.30am and 9.30m. Other tickets are $25-$40.
Where: Stonefields. Complimentary off-site parking is included with the Stonefields admission ticket at the official car parkat 626 Daylesford-Malmsbury Road, Wheatsheaf, with shuttle buses to Stonefields every 10 minutes.
For more information and to book tickets: www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/stonefields
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Musk Farm gardens
Open Gardens Victoria is opening the much-loved Musk Farm garden at Musk (near Daylesford) on November 24 and 25. Twenty years ago, the late Stuart Rattle transformed what was a dilapidated old school house into a stunning property surrounded by elegant semi-formal gardens comprising 14 garden “rooms”. Subsequent owners have continued to maintain and add to this beautiful 3.5 acre garden. The opening also features wine tastings, cheese, Devonshire teas, sculpture, botanic art and plant sales.
When: November 24 and 25. 10.00am - 4.30pm. Entry $12, students $5, under 18 free
Where: Musk Farm, Musk. Can only be accessed on the open days by a vintage train ride from Daylesford Railway station or a bus shuttle service from Daylesford Secondary College. There will be no parking on site.
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