Australia - Victoria
5 open gardens open Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November 10am-4pm (guided coach tour ex Ballarat Station available on Sunday 15 November); guided tours of the Botanical Gardens; plant sales; exciting Speakers Luncheon on Friday 13 November, featuring award-winning landscape designers Robert Boyle and Carolyn Blackman, and artist Criss Canning.

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SPEAKERS LUNCHEON Friday, 13th November 2015


10am to 3.30pm Venue: The Robert Clark Centre – Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Tickets $65.00 [includes delicious lunch with wine prepared by Peter Ford]


Robert Boyle – completed a diploma of Horticultural Science at Burnley Horticultural College over 40 years ago and began to design and build gardens. The range and style of his work has been as diverse and as varied as the places and the people; from broad scale landscape planning, restoration and conservation for governments and industry, gardens for schools and institutions, memorial gardens in cemeteries, magnificent country landscapes, suburban gardens and walled city gardens – every site and person presenting new and exciting challenges.

Carolyn Blackman – is much sought after for her charismatic and knowledgeable public speaking and for over 15 years, has presented Landscape Design and Gardening talkback on Melbourne ABC 774 . Gardens and exhibits created by Vivid Design, have been seen in major Australian publications. Vivid Design’s work has been featured widely on gardening television programs and has been awarded multiple medals for design both in Australia and Internationally. Working with her partner Jobe, the combined influence ensures gardens have equal emphasis on hard landscape design and planting design.

Criss Canning – was born in Melbourne and has become Australia’s foremost still-life painter exploring a wide variety of approaches while depicting common everyday objects. Criss lives with her husband David Glenn in a 1860s farmhouse, north of Ballarat where Lambley, an internationally renowned nursery specialises in drought tolerant perennials operates. Flowers from the garden provide inspiration for her still- life paintings. Criss has held numerous solo exhibitions and is represented in many galleries including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Art Gallery of Ballarat and in many private collections. 



Highlighting the garden’s history, development, heritage trees, statutory and plants. Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November. Tour times 11am & 2pm (approx 1hr duration). Meet at the Conservatory (if wet weather an indoor presentation will take place). Gold coin donation. No Bookings required – enquiries ph 53429354



Saturday 14th November ~ 1pm to 4pm (near The Conservatory in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens)



ARMSTRONG GARDEN 11 CARLTON STREET, LAKE WENDOUREE After recent renovations, Liz and Greg have developed new garden areas and introduced additional plantings. Framing views, creating windbreaks and providing structure throughout the seasons, various hedges of Buxus, Camellias, Magnolias and Laurels provide an evergreen backdrop to David Austin Roses, romantic perennials and an assortment of topiary and obelisks. Mature Manchurian Pears and Japanese Maples are particular favourites along with traditional plantings of Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Rugosa roses. A beautiful setting, with home and garden in perfect balance creating a calming and enchanting ambience.

FRASER GARDEN 218 TALBOT STREET SOUTH, BALLARAT First time opening, we are indeed fortunate to enjoy the talent of both Tracey – Garden Designer and Stuart – Craftsman. An elegant town garden with perfect scale, this garden is a family garden ticking all the boxes. Featuring beautiful specimen trees, shrubs and clever massed plantings together with well placed potted plants and an abundant kitchen garden. The alfresco entertaining area complete with open fire, pizza oven and comfortable lounge furniture is utilised year round. This garden complements a beautiful home, with a view from every window, with room to move for teenagers, dogs and chooks! Take home clever ideas and inspiration.

‘CAMERON HOUSE’ 514 HUMFFRAY STREET STH, GOLDEN POINT With a background in floristry, Greg Block’s garden is a wonderland of creative art works, whimsical focal points and an eclectic range of plants. Paths wind through specimen trees to reveal exotic and everyday plants expertly combined to create a restful and secluded town garden. Contrasting with this, a large paved area boasts vibrant colour combinations, dramatic container plants and an exceptional collection of bonsai and orchids. You’ll be intrigued with the rich variety displayed with great artistic flair.

TODD GARDEN 15 MAXLYN AVENUE, BALLARAT EAST Back by popular demand, visitors will be inspired and delighted with the artistic whimsy and creativity of this suburban garden. Pre-loved treasures & antiquities have been given a new lease of life, making their home in an assortment of ‘out’ building and alfresco sitting areas all designed and constructed by Peter & Meredith. A vineyard together with fruit trees and berries take pride of place along with potted arrangements and thoughtfully planted garden beds combining both Australian native and exotic plants. Feature trees, shrubs, perennials and ground covers contribute to a display of complementing textures and form. A folly at every turn, this garden will charm, surprise and make you smile. Plant Sales.

KYLIE ROSE’S GARDEN 35 PRE-EMPTIVE DRIVE, SCARSDALE (OFF BASIN RD) Treat all your senses and be inspired by the imaginative use of materials – pre-loved treasures that have been up cycled to create an artistic and beautiful garden, sitting comfortably in the wider landscape. As featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and television series, highlights include the innovative walled rose garden complete with ‘moon gate’, abundant potager and herb gardens and extensive orchard. Take a moment and enjoy the ambience of the alfresco areas, take in the decorative themes throughout and take home practical and clever ideas to develop your garden.

Plant & Preserves Sales – Refreshments – Water warning – Toilet facilities

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$5 per garden admission

Speakers Luncheon on 13 November 10am-3pm
Tickets $65 (includes delicious lunch and wine)
Book using form on brochure (see under Brochure tab)

Guided tour of 5 open gardens ex Ballarat Station on Sunday 15 November $30 per person (includes garden entry). Meets train from Melbourne arriving Ballarat 11.02 and returns to station for the 4.19pm departure.
Bookings a pre-payment essential Phone 0407554306

Guided tour of Ballarat Botanical Gardens - 11am and 2pm on 14 and 15 November. 1 hour duration. Gold coin donation. Meet at The Conservatory.