Vic­to­ria

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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.

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