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1st–10th Kyne­ton Daf­fodil & Arts Fes­ti­val

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions and times. Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute, 81 Mol­li­son St, Kyne­ton. 0437 584 807. Free. Pick up a map to find the scare­crows, en­joy the spring flower show, cheer on en­trants in the ‘fastest dog in town’ com­pe­ti­tion, kick up your heels at the Daf­fodil Old Time Ball (ticket fee ap­plies) and watch the grand pa­rade fi­nale. kyne­tondaf­fodi­

1st–3rd Leon­gatha Daf­fodil & Flo­ral Show & Fes­ti­val

Fri 2–5pm, Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 9am–4pm. Memo­rial Hall, 6 McCartin St, Leon­gatha. (03) 5668 6334. $5. View dis­plays of lovely spring flow­ers, with lots of pretty daf­fodils. En­joy Devon­shire teas.

9th–10th Aus­tralian Plants Expo

10am–4pm. Eltham Com­mu­nity & Re­cep­tion Cen­tre, 801 Main Rd, Eltham. (03) 9439 7228. $5. View na­tive and indige­nous plants on dis­play; en­joy talks on wildlife gar­den sea­sons, bon­sai, draw­ing and painting from na­ture; and browse books and more for sale.

14th–10th Oct Tes­se­laar Tulip Fes­ti­val

9am–5pm. The Tulip Farm, 357 Mon­bulk Rd, Sil­van. $28. (03) 9737 7722. Be swept away on a rain­bow of al­most 1 mil­lion tulips as you wan­der through 130 va­ri­eties planted across 10ha. En­joy de­li­cious food and entertainment, and browse at the mar­ket.

16th–17th Ill­yarrie Open Gar­den

10am–4.30pm. 7 Li­brary Rd, Bal­nar­ring Beach. 0472 997 880. $8. Stroll around this coastal gar­den show­cas­ing the di­ver­sity of na­tive plants. Fea­tur­ing rare banksias and un­usual gre­vil­leas, the gar­den spills out be­yond the prop­erty bound­aries into won­der­ful na­ture strip plant­ings. Plants and re­fresh­ments on sale. Part of Open Gar­dens Vic­to­ria.

23rd Mel­bourne Clivia Group Expo

10am–4pm. St Scholas­ti­cas Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 384 Bur­wood Hwy, Ben­nettswood. 0488 998 327. $2. En­joy the mas­sive dis­play of lat­est clivia va­ri­eties and colours. Learn how to prop­a­gate from seed, and browse the huge plant sale. Re­fresh­ments avail­able.

23rd–24th Wa­rooka Open Gar­den

10am–4.30pm. 17 Ju­bilee Rd, Mon­trose. 0472 997 880. $8. The own­ers of Wa­rooka, in the Dan­de­nong Ranges Na­tional Park, are pas­sion­ate plants peo­ple who have in­cor­po­rated Aus­tralian and South African plants into the gar­dens for max­i­mum spring colour. Part of Open Gar­dens Vic­to­ria.

23rd–24th Yea Gar­den Expo

10am–4pm. Yea Race­course, Race­course Rd, Yea. 0438 119 429. $5. Lis­ten to in­spir­ing speak­ers, and browse a wide range of flow­er­ing plants, in­clud­ing na­tives, as well as sculp­tures, tools, books and more. Re­fresh­ments avail­able.

30th Sept–1st Oct Ma­roon­dah Orchid So­ci­ety Show

Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 9am–4pm. St Ti­mothys Catholic Com­mu­nity School, 21 Stevens Rd, Ver­mont. 0418 394282. $4. Come and see a range of or­chids and pot­ting demon­stra­tions. Choose a plant to buy for home and get one free for the kids!

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