Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend, November 10th–11th Enjoy private gardens including country gardens, backyards and courtyard gardens. Explore a maze, rustic sculpture garden, flower show and bonsai exhibition. Saturday 9am–5pm and Sunday 9am–4pm. Tickets $5 per garden, children free. Start at Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, 19 Victoria Street, Creswick. 0405 717 321; creswick.net
The Art of Giving, November 10th–december 2nd Reproductions of iconic Australian art are displayed throughout the 19th-century Southern Highlands mansion Retford Park, gifted by James Fairfax to the National Trust of Australia (NSW) in 2016. Dinners, tours and a book talk with artist Ben Quilty will be held, and local Artists of the Round Yard are showing
work. Bookings essential for events in the house, with a National Trust entry fee to visit the exhibition and gardens. Open 10am–4pm daily. Retford Park, 1325 Old South Road, Bowral. (02) 4861 1933; nationaltrust.org.au/event/retford-park-the-art-of-giving
Paul Bangay’s Stonefields Open Garden, November 17th–18th Renowned landscape designer Paul Bangay opens the gates to his private 16-hectare property in central Victoria, to raise funds for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Meet both the designer and the celebrated food educator and buy food and handmade goods. Open 10am–6pm both days. Tickets online before November 17th $30, or $40 at the gate. Children under 12 are free. kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/ stonefields
Retford Park in the Southern Highlands hosts The Art of Giving, with full-size reproductions of artworks such as Fred Williams Water pond in a landscape 1 (National Gallery of Australia, Canberra).