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.


143 Noble Street, Newtown

Saturday 14 March, 2020 and Sunday 15 March, 2020

10.00am - 4.30pm

Entry $8  Students $5  Under 18 free

You can pay at the gate, or purchase tickets through Trybooking at:

Please note: Wheelchair and pram access is available to some sections of the garden, but not smaller pathways or the glasshouse

Come and visit and celebrate this milestone 120 years of the historic house and outstanding garden at Claremont.

An acre (0.4 ha) of beautiful ‘old-style’ garden, including an Edwardian glasshouse, a collection of 100+ year old trees – including a towering Norfolk Island Pine on the front lawn as well as huge oak, ginkgo, liquidambar and arbutus – Claremont has belonged to the Gray family for 120 years.

There are also vegetable and berry gardens and an orchard, as well as ‘traditional’ favourites including roses, dahlias and diverse, colourful garden bed displays.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to GAWS Geelong Animal Welfare Society

Extra activities at the garden opening include:

Please also note:

Jason Chongue’s Indoor Plants workshop will also be held on the same Saturday 14 March at Arundel, 478 Ryrie Street, East Geelong through Open Gardens Victoria; see:

Garden Notes

Information and advice on garden visiting