What’s on in November
12TH 18TH National Recycling Week
Get involved in this annual Planet Ark campaign. Join the Schools Recycle Right Challenge from October 8 to November 16; the Friday File Fling on November 16, when office workers are encouraged to clear out files and recycle paper; or the Buy It Back Day on November 17 when you’re urged to visit your local op-shop to buy something secondhand. recyclingweek.planetark.org
2ND 3RD Welshpool Flower Show & Plant Sale
Fri 1.30–5pm, Sat 10am–4pm. Welshpool Hall, Main St, Welshpool. (03) 5184 1376. $3. Plants and produce for sale, displays of floral art, photography and cut flowers.
3RD 4TH Ballarat Bonsai Exhibition
Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 10am–4pm. Robert Clark Horticultural Centre, Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Gillies St North, Lake Wendouree. 0408 368 031. $4. Displays of more than 70 bonsai, a trade table, demonstrations.
3RD 4TH Pelargonium and Geranium Society Show
Sat noon–4pm, Sun 9.30am–4pm. Bellfield Community Centre, cnr Oriel Rd and Banksia St, Ivanhoe. 0404 941 462. $5 incl. morning or afternoon tea. Plants and cuttings for sale in a huge range of species.
3RD 4TH The Garden of St Erth
9am–5pm. The Garden of St Erth,
189 Simmons Reef Rd, Blackwood.
(03) 5368 6514. $10. Garden tours, stalls, mini-workshops, ticketed masterclasses, kitchen garden cafe. diggers.com.au
3RD 4TH Upper Yarra Valley Garden Club Open Garden Weekend 10am–4.30pm. Gardens between Launching Place and East Warburton, signposted off the Warburton Highway. (03) 5966 2828. $5 each, $20 all gardens. Six open gardens, plant sales, sausage sizzle, Devonshire tea.
3RD 11TH Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens
10am–5pm. Tickets and maps at Castlemaine Information Centre, Mostyn
St, Castlemaine. Purchase program at festivalofgardens.org for $6. (03) 5472 2838. $5 per garden. Diverse selection of 22 inspirational gardens in Castlemaine and surrounds to explore over 10 days including large gardens, historical gardens, town gardens, vegie gardens, sculpture gardens and small cottage plots.
4TH Merino Digby Lions Club
10am–4.30pm. For a map, email lohman[email protected] Tickets at gardens. 0438 476 143. $8 each, $20 all gardens. Three country gardens in the Tahara area featuring natives, English-style cottage garden areas, farm sculptures and art. Barbecue and Devonshire tea available.
9TH 10TH 47th Leongatha Rose Spectacular
Fri noon–5pm, Sat 9.30am–4pm. Memorial Hall, 6–8 McCartin St, Leongatha. 0423 823 240. $5. Displays of roses with
‘The Children’s Rose’ as the feature, large variety of cut flowers, plant stall, children’s activities, refreshments.
10TH City of Monash Open Gardens 10am–4pm. For garden addresses, visit waverleygardenclub.com. 0412 914 388. Free and gold coin. Eight gardens open in this inaugural event, including the garden of a former Gardener of the Year winner.
10TH Inverloch Open Gardens 10am–4pm. Tickets and map at Inverloch Uniting Church, Williams St (opposite post office). 0408 502 707. $10. Open gardens, plants for sale, refreshments available.
10TH 11TH Bromeliad Society of Victoria Bromeliad Show
Sat 9am–4pm, Sun 10am–3pm. N G Wishart Senior Citizens Centre, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. 0411 283 369. $4. Bromeliads on display, plants for sale, books, advice on hand.
10TH 11TH Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend
Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 9am–4pm. Tickets and map at Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, 19–21 Victoria St, Creswick. 0405 717 321. $5 each. Six private gardens open, flower show, bonsai exhibition. creswick.net
10TH 11TH Rose Society of Victoria Spring Rose Show
Sat 1–5pm, Sun 10am–4.30pm. Mount Waverley Community Centre, cnr Stephensons Rd & Miller Cres, Mount Waverley. (03) 9399 1587. $5. Displays, expert advice, plant sales, guest speakers.
10TH 11TH State Rose and Garden Show 10am–4pm. Victoria State Rose Garden, K Road (access via Gate 2), Werribee South. (03) 8734 6006. Free or gold coin. More than 5000 rose varieties on display, demonstrations, live music, stalls with plants, tools and pots. 17TH 18TH, 23RD 25TH
Harvest Picnic Open Days
11am–4pm. Romswood Farm, 155 Cherokee Rd, Kerrie. (03) 5427 0415. $12($10 atro ms wood farm. com. au ). Open peony farm where you can pick your own blooms, plant and flower stall, food, live music, children’s activities.
17TH 18TH Paul Bangay’s Stonefields Open Garden
10am–6pm. Free parking at 626 Daylesford-Malmsbury Rd, Wheatsheaf and free shuttle bus to garden. $40 (Pre-sale discount tickets at kitchen garden foundation. org.au/s tone fields ).
(03) 8415 1993. Community market with rare plants, book signing with Paul Bangay and Stephanie Alexander, fine food and beverages. Proceeds to Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
17TH 18TH Warratina Lavender Farm Open Garden Weekend
9am–4pm. 105 Quayle Rd, Wandin North. (03) 5964 4650. $10. Garden walks, stalls, music, entertainment, lavender scones and ice-cream, craft demonstrations. Proceeds to local Country Fire Authority.
17TH–18TH Yarra Valley Plant Fair & Garden Expo
10am–5pm. 125 Quayle Rd, Wandin.
0414 242 710. $15 (discount tickets from yarravalleyplantfair.com.au). Plant stalls, demonstrations, food, local wine and craft beer, special guests include Gardening Australia presenter Tino Carnevale on Saturday and Attila Kapitany both days.
18TH Salvias at Nobelius 11.30am–3pm. Nobelius Heritage Park, Crighton Rd, Emerald. (03) 9803 4534. Free. Plant sales, experts on hand.
24TH–25TH Musk Farm Open Garden 10am–4.30pm. 11 School Rd, Musk (near Daylesford). 0472 997 880. $12. New owners are restoring this famous garden established 20 years ago by the late Stuart Rattle with design input from Paul Bangay. Garden art, food and wine.
NEW SOUTH WALES
2ND L’Arche Open Garden Day 9am–1pm. Start at Milthorpe, 12 Crescent St, Hunters Hill. 0407 117 868. $30 all gardens. Tickets at trybooking.com/WLHA. Three gardens within walking distance of each other, morning tea, plant stall, music, fashion parade. Proceeds to L’Arche.
3RD–4TH Millthorpe Garden Ramble 10am–4pm. Tickets and map at Millthorpe Public School, cnr Park St and Victoria Rd, Millthorpe and at gardens. 0419 431 785. $5 each, $25 all gardens. Ten open gardens including a six-hectare garden with irises and roses, garden-related stalls, art trail, refreshments. millthorpevillage.com.au
3RD–4TH Tweed Orchid Fair & Show Sat 8.30am–4pm, Sun 8.30am–2pm. Tweed Heads Civic Centre, cnr Wharf & Brett Sts, Tweed Heads. 0438 582 890. $3. Plants on display, orchids and other flowering plants for sale, orchid culture demonstrations, light refreshments.
4TH Riversdale Rare Plants
& Growers Fair
10am–3pm. Riversdale Historic Homestead, 2 Twynam Dr, Goulburn. 0409 953 859. $10. Tours in the gardens, talks, demonstrations, plants for sale, morning and afternoon tea, light lunches.
10TH Orange Open Gardens
10am–5pm. Tickets at Orange Public School, 78 Kite St, Orange. 0437 602 228. $5 each, $25 all gardens. Eight open gardens, music, cake stall, tea, coffee.
10TH–11TH Crookwell Garden Festival 10am–4pm. Tickets and map at Crookwell Visitor Information Centre, 36 Goulburn St, Crookwell and at gardens. (02) 4837 3270. $5 each, $20 all gardens. Eight cool-climate gardens, Garden Lovers Market (Saturday 8.30am–2pm). crookwellgardenfestival.com
10TH–30TH The Art of Giving
Gardens open Wed–Sun 10am–4pm. Various times and fees for house events. Must book for house events at national trust.org.au/places/retford-park. Retford Park, 1325 Old South Rd, Bowral. (02) 4861 1933. Former house of James Fairfax, surrounded by gardens. Dinners, tours, talk with Archibald-winning artist, Ben Quilty.
14TH Five Senses at The Calyx:
Make your own Scent
6.30–9pm. The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney. (02) 9231 8111. $80 incl. a 15ml eau de parfum or cologne of your scent, and wine and cheese on arrival. Create your own perfume with Jocelyn Fullerton.
17TH–18TH Woodville Wander 10am–4pm. Tickets and map at Maitland Visitor Information Centre, High St, Maitland and at gardens. 0429 681 201. $8 each, $25 all gardens. Five open gardens, paintings, talks, refreshments. Proceeds to Vision Australia (Hunter).
Spring Rose South Show West Rose Society
Sat noon–5pm, Sun 9am–4pm. Bunbury Fishing Club (formerly Bunbury Power Boat Club), Lyons Cove (off Koombana Dr), Bunbury. (08) 9797 1809. $3. Plant sales, display of named roses, refreshments.
3RD–4TH Triple Treat
10am–4pm. 655 Fagan St, Sawyers Valley; 1385 Short St, Stoneville; and 5385 Ash Rd, Chidlow. 0413 434 241. $6 each, $15 for all gardens. Three open gardens in the Perth Hills, sales of plants and honey, expert tips on potting blueberries, tea and coffee available. opengardenswestcoast.org
10TH–11TH Ferguson Valley Open Garden Trail
10am–4pm. Map at Ferguson Valley Visitor Centre, 5 Ferguson Rd, Dardanup. (08) 9728 3138. Gold coin or $5. Variety of natural gardens around the Ferguson Valley region, plant stalls, guided meditative walks. Proceeds to charity at most venues.
17TH–18TH Palm and Cycad Society & Fern Society Combined Plant Sale
Sat 9am–4pm, Sun 9am–3pm. Manning Community Centre, cnr Bradshaw Cres and Jarman Ave, Manning. (08) 9417 1001. Free. A large range of rare, unusual and common ferns, palms and cycads for sale, grown by members of the societies. Refreshments available.
25TH Josh Byrne’s Open Garden 10am–4pm. 19 Grigg Place, Hilton. 0413 434 241. $10. The garden of Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne, which shows his waterwise and sustainable ideas in practice. Talks on how to live sustainably, sausage sizzle, tea, coffee.
17TH–18TH Longford Garden Club Spring Flower Show
Sat 1.30–5pm, Sun 10am–4pm. Town Hall, Wellington St, Longford. (03) 6391 2550. $2. Plant stall, competitions of roses, cut flowers and floral art, raffle, afternoon tea.
18TH Woolmers Estate Festival of Roses
9am–4pm. Woolmers Estate, 658 Woolmers Ln, Longford. (03) 6391 2230. $10. Renowned native plant expert Angus Stewart is a guest, heritage property to explore, display of thousands of roses, antiques fair and exhibition ($5–10 entry), more than 80 stalls with plants, art exhibition, produce, wine, cider, craft and jewellery, children’s activities. 21ST Garden Walk
10.30am–3pm. Meet at the Village Green, Ranelagh. (03) 6264 1034. $25. Must book. Self-drive tour of four gardens following a ‘mudmap’ with descriptions of each garden provided.
4TH Herb Society of SA Herb Day Market
10am–3pm. Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Rd, Fullarton. (08) 8445 6645. Free. Stalls of plants, seeds and books, guest speakers, homemade food using herbs, tastings, giveaways, herb identification by experts.
17TH 18TH Cactus and Succulent Society of South Australia Spring Show
10am–4pm. Payneham Library & Community Facilities, 2 Turner St, Felixstow. 0402 344 425. $3. Plant sales, displays, raffle, morning and afternoon tea.
3RD 25TH Open Gardens Canberra
10am–4pm. Various venues on November weekends. $8 each. 3rd–4th: Mayfield, 26 Gratwick St, Gowrie. (02) 6291 5357. Natives and exotics in the front; roses and cottage plants in the back. 10th–11th: Cuppacumbalong, 21 Naas Rd, Tharwa. 0417 470 020. Heritage-listed 20th-century house and gardens under renovation. 24th–25th: Serendipitous Garden, 12 Lawrence Cres, Kambah. 0417 775 201. Native garden with view of the Brindabellas. opengardenscanberra.org.au