Alexandra opens up for spring
THE annual Alexandra Open Gardens weekend is fast approaching, with the dates and venues set.
The weekend of October 27 and 28 from 10am to 4pm is your opportunity to be inspired by 10 different gardens in the Alexandra region. This event has a long history. In 1991, two local ladies, Alma Hexter and Gwenda Martin, planned the first open garden weekend in Alexandra to raise funds for Alexandra Community Care.
That first year, 16 gardens were open, some planted more than a century ago.
The ladies designed a booklet to guide visitors to the unique mix of town and country gardens and the concept of an open garden weekend in this area was established.
The success of that first open garden weekend resulted in what has become an annual event in the Alexandra district.
Over the years the number of display gardens has varied reaching an astonishing 23 on one occasion.
Since its inception, well over 110 different garden owners have generously shared the beauty of their gardens with local residents and visitors.
Profits from this event have been donated to the local community and tallies more than $120,000 to date.
Now in its 28th year, the Alexandra and District Open Gardens Weekend offers 10 gardens ranging from small manicured town spaces to expansive country properties set amid the magnificent backdrop of the Cathedral Mountain, rolling green hills and river valleys.
The Open Gardens weekend celebrates the countryside at its most beautiful.
Expect to see gorgeous spring blossoms and foliage, exotics and natives.
Experience remarkable views, pristine air and a warm country greeting at each open venue.
Less than two hours from Melbourne, visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and allow two days to enjoy the gardens with numerous attractions at many venues.
Gardens will be open at Taggerty and Acherton, as well as Alexandra.
Full details of gardens, addresses and opening times can be found on the Alexandra Open Gardens website.
GET INSPIRED: See what other gardeners are up to by visiting Alexandra Open Gardens.