Open Gardens Victoria
Victorian Open Gardens Scheme Inc is a new not-for-profit organization formed to continue the long tradition of opening private gardens throughout Victoria.
Victoria has a proud horticultural history - Australia's first open garden program was launched here in 1987 and over the years the much-loved scheme has proven irresistible to garden lovers. Open Gardens Victoria will continue to provide the opportunity to visit wonderful gardens in this State, building on the legacy handed down by Open Gardens Australia following its closure at the end of June 2015, after 27 years and almost 20,000 open gardens.
Each season OGV will offer a program of inspirational gardens encompassing the entire range from designer to owner-grown and maintained, huge to tiny, rural to metropolitan and everything in between! The program will feature a mix of gardens that have delighted visitors in the past along with a selection of wonderful new ones. As well as general private garden openings, each year the program will include themed openings, select garden tours, talks and special events. Those visiting the 2016 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show may also like to join OGV on a tour to wonderful gardens in the Macedon region.
Visit Open Gardens Victoria for more details.
270 Bogans Lane 28 and 29 October (Saturday and Sunday)
Freshwater Creek 10.00 am to 4.30 pm
Frog Hill was purchased by the current owners, David and Jenny Conron, just 12 years ago. They had moved from Mt Macedon to the Geelong region to be closer to family and were looking for a small rural property with garden potential. Frog Hill at Freshwater Creek presented just that opportunity.
David and Jenny have successfully established a romantic and productive country garden from a simple rural yard. The old home with return verandahs is nestled amongst established trees and offers views toward the foothills of the Otways. Garden beds surround the house and are filled with roses, salvias and old fashioned favourites. Jenny has been careful to select species that are hardy and drought tolerant, but also offer the pleasures of each season and while the floral displays peak in Spring, this garden is designed to provide year round appeal.
Frog Hill is not just a pleasure garden; a small orchard, berry house, vegetable patch, fowls and bees are included in this productive patch. A great maker of jam, one of Jenny’s annual kitchen activities is a batch of Crab Apple Jelly produced when the Malus that line part of the drive have produced the crop.
This pleasure plot is only ten minutes drive from the edge of Geelong, just outside Waurn Ponds; a hidden gem and a little slice of rural living on the city edge. Over the Open Gardens Victoria weekend at the end of October, there are some additional features:
- Kylie Treble will be offering demonstrations and talking about her book ‘Connect’. This book features home cooked recipes and promotes sustainable living for communities.
- The Birregurra CWA will be providing refreshments and
- Chris Tournier from Cottage Farm Nursery will have a plant stall with species suitable for drought tolerant conditions.
This is a perfect garden for a family visit; there is space for children to stretch their legs or for a cup of tea with and friend and a lazy snooze under one of the large shade trees that adorn the garden.