7th–8th Birchwood Open Garden
10am–5pm. 653 O’Dea Rd, Molyullah. (03) 5766 6275. $6.
See spring bulbs, salvias and strategic planting on a ½ ha site. Enjoy the art, mosaic, botanic art and sculpture exhibition, plant and craft stalls, and music by local students. Teas on sale. Proceeds to local hospitals and Cancer Council Victoria.
7th–8th Upper Yarra Valley Open Gardens
10am–4.30pm. Various locations in Launching Place and Warburton. (03) 5966 2828. $5 per garden, $20 for all. Take a tour around six gardens of club members that reflect their knowledge and enthusiasm, from a steep site with cascading ponds to the grounds of Warburton Masonic Hall and rural properties. Different venues have sculpture, teas, plant sales and a licensed bar. upperyarravalleygardenclub.com
13th–14th Wandin–Silvan Field Day
Fri 8.30am–5pm, Sat 8.30am–4pm. Wandin East Recreation Reserve, cnr Monbulk-Seville Rd and Old Baker Road. 0429 428 537. $15. See farming-related demonstrations, such as weaving and blacksmithing. Browse the horticultural and agricultural displays, the pet show, and arts and crafts stalls.
14th–15th Horsham Spring Garden Festival
9am–5pm. Botanic Gardens, Firebrace St, Horsham. 0425 761 410. $6. Insect expert Denis Crawford and TV gardener Melissa King are guest speakers. Enjoy hanging basket and succulent competitions, wildflower, art and plant stalls.
15th Charlton Open Gardens
11am–5pm. Senior Citizens Centre, 1 High St, Charlton. 0407 140 336. $15. Enjoy afternoon tea and a sculpture show at the Centre before or after touring six local gardens.
21st–22nd Botanic and Rare Plant Fair
10am–4pm. Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne. (03) 5984 7900. $15. Hear speakers debate ‘Towards 2050: Homo Sapiens vs Plants, Trees and Seeds’, with ideas on growing food and nurturing the planet. Browse 40 market stalls. rbg.vic.gov.au/botanicandrare for advance tickets.
22nd Wedderburn Open Gardens
9am–3.30pm. Wedderburn Community Centre, 24 Wilson St, Wedderburn. (03) 5494 3489. $15. Entry to six local gardens with different approaches to arid gardening, plus free entry and Devonshire tea at the Loddon Arts Gallery in High St.
22nd Old Monivae Homestead & Garden
10am to 4pm. Port Fairy Road, Hamilton. 0458 935 605. $20. Admire the topiary, visit the vegetable garden, parterre and avenue of trees, and tour the restored homestead. Proceeds go to the Hamilton Botanic Gardens.
27th–28th Many Colours One Family Flower Show
Fri 11am–4pm, Sat 9.30am–3pm. St Andrews Uniting Church, Browning St, Orbost. (03) 5154 1853. $5. View the flower displays and browse the variety of stalls selling plants and cakes, plus enjoy a selection of delicious food.
28th–29th Alexandra Open Gardens
10am–4pm. Visitor Information Centre, 36 Grant St, Alexandra. (03) 5772 1100. $8 per garden, $30 for all. Tour a range of gardens, from expansive country properties to manicured town gardens, which lie among the green hills and valleys of northern Victoria. Featuring garden sculptures, botanical art, local garden-tool maker and more. Catering vans and on-site teas. Visit alexandraopengardens.com.au for maps and details.
28th–29th Frog Hill Open Garden
10am–4.30pm. 270 Bogans Lane, Freshwater Creek. 0472 997 880. $8. Take in the loveliness of an old-fashioned country garden with an eye on drought-tolerant plantings, including roses at their peak, plus a berry house, orchard, bees and chooks. Enjoy CWA refreshments and a plant stall.
29th Grannes Open Garden
11am–4pm. 207 Pomonal Rd, Stawell. 0409 423 827. $10, including afternoon tea. Join a guided tour of a native garden in a challenging environment. Fungi expert Bruce Fuhrer exhibits photographic art, and barbecue lunches are available. All proceeds to the Wildlife Art Museum of Australia.