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‘‘ FROM this week­end, Vic­to­ria’s Gold­fields Gar­dens will host a se­ries of 150th an­niver­sary events. Bal­larat Botan­i­cal Gar­dens

Septem­ber 23: Vin­tage Tramways event, 2.30pm.

Septem­ber 24: Tree plant­ing by the Gov­er­nor, 2pm.

Oc­to­ber 6: Open­ing of spring flo­ral dis­play, 2pm. On show to Novem­ber 18.

Oc­to­ber 28: Bal­larat Me­mo­rial Con­cert Band, 2pm-4pm.

Oc­to­ber 31: Bal­larat & Claren­don Col­lege Bands, 1pm.

Novem­ber 9-Jan­uary 20: Why the Tree? ex­hi­bi­tion, Bal­larat Fine Art Gallery. White Hills Botanic Gar­dens, Bendigo

Novem­ber 10: Botan­i­cal Il­lus­tra­tors’ Open Day at Samuel Gadd House, Napoleon Street.

Novem­ber 11: Sculp­ture in the Park, 10am-3pm.

Novem­ber 16: Botanic Gar­dens: Their Past and Fu­ture Ac­cli­ma­ti­sa­tion Role, lec­ture by Lee An­drews, 8pm, Samuel Gadd House. (03) 5444 0053.

Novem­ber 17: Plant sale at Samuel Gadd House.

Novem­ber 18: Pic­nic in the Park, 10am4pm. Tree plant­ing, 11am; of­fi­cial com­mis­sion­ing of re­cy­cled wa­ter ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem, noon; af­ter­noon guided walks. Castle­maine Botan­i­cal Gar­dens

Novem­ber 3-11: The Castle­maine Fes­ti­val of Gar­dens: 17 private gar­dens and Buda and Castle­maine Botan­i­cal Gar­dens open. www.fes­ti­val­of­gar­dens.org. Malms­bury Botanic Gar­den

Novem­ber 18: Malms­bury Vil­lage Fair, 10am-5pm. (03) 5423 2008. Lee Mylne

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