Get out and smell the roses with open gardens and spring festivals

Gusti Orth’s garden at Coldstream.Credit:Open Gardens Victoria

Open Gardens

Open this weekend is a rambling country garden with lawns, roses, mature trees and a fernery all created by owner by Gusti Orth (20 St Herberts Road, Coldstream), entry $8. Also open is the heritage garden of Duneira (Officer Lane, Mt Macedon) with one of the best private elm avenues in Victoria, $10 entry, and Verdicus a 3.6-hectare property (at 7 Lowe Street, Tylden) that includes a blue garden and white borders, $10 entry. All are open tomorrow and Sunday (November 2 and 3), 10am to 4.30pm, go to for more information.

Spring Shows

There will be tours, workshops and a book launch (of The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide by Paul West, published by Plum) at this weekend’s St Erth Spring Festival. The festival runs from 9am to 5pm today and tomorrow (November 2 and 3), 189 Simmons Reef Road, Blackwood, $10/Diggers members free. Go to for more information. In South Gippsland, the Welshpool and District Horticultural Society Show runs tomorrow (November 2) at the Welshpool Memorial Hall, 10am to 4pm.

Talking Gardens

Using perennial plants to maintain colour and interest across the seasons will be the topic of Merryle Johnson’s Talking Plants Morning on Friday, November 8. The event starts at 10am, Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, $30/$20 Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Go to to make a booking.

Television presenter Jane Edmanson will give tips on propagation, composting and worm farming at the East Melbourne Library (122 George Street, East Melbourne) on Friday, November 15, 10 am to 11.30am, free but bookings required. Go to or phone 9658 9600.

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