Richmond Area Open Garden Event


Saturday 28 October 2023, 10.30am – 1.00pm

University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus,

Address:  500 Yarra Blvd, Richmond between the Main Building and the

Student Amenities Building

UMINA BRANCH (South Yarra) will be serving a Devonshire Tea

CASH ONLY payment please. – NO Efptos available

If you have never been to the beautiful heritage-listed Burnley Gardens before, Saturday 28 October is the day to visit.  Enjoy the nine-hectare gardens which is home to nearly 1000 different species of plants including some of the oldest trees in Melbourne. 

It is located on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people and have evolved since the 1860s as a location for research and teaching.

Burnley Gardens will be selling plants to raise funds for flood victims. and Umina branch of The Country Women’s Association of Victoria, Inc will partner with them providing a Devonshire Tea at $15.00 per person, $12.00 for seniors.  Baked goods, jams and pickles will also be available for sale. 

For more information contact:

Yasmin Powers
0418 531 117

Port Fairy Open Garden Event

Port Fairy Open Garden Event

Saturday 28 October 2023, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Venue:  Senior Citizens Hall, Barclay Street, Port Fairy

ADMISSION $15 per person

Includes admission to hear Donna Ellis speak and a Devonshire Tea

CASH ONLY payment please. – NO Efptos available

Port Fairy is known for its 1800s architecture. Take a walk around the well-preserved centre and keep an eye out for the more than 50 buildings classified by the National Trust.  Located along The Great Ocean Road, it is a mecca for those who love beach environments. 

The CWA members of Port Fairy are presenting a 2-hour event with Guest Speaker, Donna Ellis who amongst other things is the author of ‘Sustainable Gardening for Dummies’. 

Donna has been in the industry for around 40 years, starting out in parks and gardens. In her career she has worked on council, with nurseries, garden maintenance, landscape and design, consulting, media and teaching. She enjoyed 12 years as the ‘resident gardening expert’ on ABC South West Victoria, is the author of Sustainable Gardening for Dummies and after over 22 years teaching horticulture, she has finally retired. (Sort of!)

These days she can be found speaking to various groups and organisations about how our changing climate effects our gardens, how we can garden sustainably to help maintain not only the health of our planet but our own health and wellbeing.  Her many talks are particularly aimed at older gardeners to help maintain fitness for gardening as we age.

In 2019, Donna was named Corangamite Shire Citizen of the Year for her involvement in promoting healthy communities in Timboon and district and is a trained Climate Reality Project presenter.

We hope you and your friends can come along for a fun-filled afternoon on gardening and how nurturing a garden can contribute to your well-being, not to mention having a fabulous CWA Devonshire Tea.  

For more information contact:

Kathie Sherriff
0439 001 411

Paynesville Open Gardens

Paynesville Open Gardens

Sunday 19 November 2023 Time: 10.00am – 3:00pm

ADMISSION $15 per person, to visit 1 or all 3 gardens

Devonshire Tea $8.00 per serve which includes a scone with jam & cream, tea or coffee

CASH ONLY – No Efptos available


LOCATED AT 57 MAIN ROAD, PAYNESVILLE.  Look for the woollen flowers adorning the building.  Each of the participating gardens you will be visiting will be flower bombed.  Everyone will commence at the RSL Hall where they will pay and collect wrist bands for entry into the listed gardens. 

Begin your gardening adventure wandering through the RSL garden.  Enjoy a Devonshire Tea of scones, jam, and cream costs $8.00 per person.  Other goods will be on sale including our new Thrifty Gardening Book.  From there, follow our ‘mud map’ to the 3 gardens that are open.


OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

8 Marina Drive, Paynesville

  • Warm colours such as reds, yellows and rusty oranges are often featured in this mainly Australian Native Garden, set against plenty of green grasses, leaves or ferns. Rocks and rock pools can be incorporated, further adding to the natural and organic look of the garden.
  • On-street parking. No refreshments. No toilets


OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

35 Canal Road, Paynesville

  • Some of the most prestigious gardens are to be found on the Paynesville Canals. This garden is no exception and shows how to make best use of a small area whilst retaining views of the canal.
  • No Toilet. On-street parking. No refreshments.


OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

4 King Street, Paynesville

  • A quirky garden with interesting garden art and sculptures.
  • No Toilet. Plenty of parking on vacant land next to this garden. No refreshments

For more information contact:

Robyn McKinley
0418 895 313

Otway Area Open Gardens

Otway Area Open Gardens

Sunday 19 November 2023 Time: 10.00am – 4:00pm

ADMISSION $15 per person, to visit 1 or all 3 gardens

CASH ONLY – at all Gardens

EFPTOS and cash at Brooke’s Garden

Start at any of the following gardens.

The Colac Otway Shire is a richly diverse area located two hours west of Melbourne. Colac Otway is one of the most picturesque municipalities in Victoria, covering a diverse area from volcanic lakes, craters and plains in the north, through the hinterland forests of the Otway Ranges to the Great Ocean Road coastline. Colac is the key industrial, commercial, and service centre for the shire and surrounding region with a population of 12,000. Apollo Bay is the other major urban centre with a permanent population of 1,000 that swells to more than 15,000 during the summer season.


OPEN 10.00am – 4.00pm

145 Everett Court, Barongarook West

  • Set on two acres, this sprawling garden features majestic trees, natives, massed plantings of everything imaginable and a productive food forest. With spectacular view over Lake Colac.  It is a beautiful place to meander around and enjoy the birds life and a few hidden surprises.  This garden will also host the Polwarth Group market stall filled with produce and plants.
  • This garden will host the Polwarth Group market stall filled with produce and plants for sale.
  • Toilet in house, extensive street parking,


OPEN 10.00am – 4.00pm

4 Banksia Drive, Eliminyt

  • Situated in the lovely town of Colac, visit this double block town garden that has a country theme which includes a variety of plants and roses. Wanter around dreaming up how to bring a little country into your own garden.  A CWA stall full of enticing items will be available at this garden.
  • Toilet in house, On-street parking.


OPEN 10.00am – 4.00pm

615 Colac Lavers Hill Road, Barongarook (off Wilson’s Road)

  • An established country property presenting a traditional country garden with mixed plantings that have been lovingly developed over the past 16 years. Sit on the verandah looking over the paddocks and enjoy a Devonshire tea dreaming of the country life or what to do next in your own garden.
  • Devonshire Tea available at this garden.
  • Toilet inside house, parking in paddock

For more information conact:

Lyn Harris
0408 539 109

Orbost Open Gardens

Orbost Open Gardens

Monday 21 October 2023, 10:00am – 3:00pm

ADMISSION $15 per person, to visit 1 or all gardens

Please see map of route and location of gardens when purchasing your ticket/s

Orbost Region is located on the delta of the Snowy River and is surrounded by the pristine natural beauty of several State and National Parks. It is within minutes of wild, un-spoilt beaches at Corringle, and is only a short drive away from the coastal community of Marlo which offers a wide range of ocean, river and estuarine activities.

Once a major timber hub, Orbost Region’s main role now is in the provision of support services for a broad ranging agricultural industry, as well as an expanding recreational tourism industry. 

You can purchase tickets at any of the 3 gardens listed here where you will receive a ‘mud map’.  Admission if $15.00 per person to visit 1, 2 or all three gardens.  CASH ONLY payment please. – NO Efptos available


OPEN 10:00am – 3:00pm

138 Huxters Road, Jarrahmond (Orbost)

  • 2-hectare farm garden. Fruit trees, roses, garden beds in flower and an abundance of beautiful birdlife.
  • Devonshire Tea being served here together with baked goods, preserves and CWA food and gardening books.
  • Plenty of off-road parking.   


OPEN 10:00am – 3:00pm

438 Jarrahmond Road, Jarrahmond (Orbost)

  • A professionally landscaped, 7-acre hobby farm garden. Tabatha and Kevin are avid gardeners who loves Australian native plants and fruit trees.
  • If a nice day, you can bring along your own food to eat.
  • Parking on roadside & driveway (before 2nd gate).
  • Toilets available in the farm-house.


OPEN 10:00am – 3:00pm

52 Salisbury Street, Orbost

  • Eclectic garden with loads of colour and plenty to see.
  • No Toilet. On-Street parking.

For more information conact:

Cherie Young
0408 191 857

Tallangatta Area Open Gardens

Tallangatta area Open Gardens

Saturday 28 October 2023 Time: 10.00am – 4:00pm

ADMISSION $15 per person, to visit 1 or all 4 gardens

Devonshire Tea $5.00 per serve which includes a scone with jam & cream, tea or coffee

CASH ONLY – No Efptos available

Start at Valmai’s Garden.

After the mining era, Tallangatta became a service centre for the local farming community and a butter factory operated throughout much of the 1900s. When the road transport links improved, the rail link ended. Today you can walk or cycle the High Country Rail trail and still see old rail trestle bridges.


OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

1 Coorilla Street, Tallangatta

  • Buy tickets here. come and see how you use a small back garden look spectacular and enjoy a CWA Devonshire Tea with our famous CWA scones
  • Toilet in House, On-street parking. Refreshments and CWA baking, jams and preserves.


OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

1 Yamba Street, Tallangatta

  • Lots of well-developed daisies and colour, another well loved small back garden
  • No toilet, On-street parking. No refreshments
  • No Toilet. Off Street Parking. No Refreshments.


OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

9 Larsen Court, Tallangatta

  • Easy care garden cottage garden
  • No toilet, On-street parking. No refreshments


OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

Banool Road, Tallangatta

  • Community vegetable garden with a demonstration.
  • Afternoon tea available
  • Toilet, On-street parking. No refreshments

For more information:

Mary Grant
0439 712 311

Beulah Open Gardens

Beulah Open Gardens

Sunday 29th, October 2023, 1:30pm start at Jenni’s Garden

ADMISSION $15 per person, to visit 1 or 5 gardens

Please see map of route and location of gardens when purchasing your ticket/s

The township of Beulah is a community of 200 people.  The Beulah CWA branch is hosting a garden walk which will include the community garden, a Native Garden at the Bowling green.  A sustainable off grid house will be on display as well as 5 private gardens.  Afternoon tea will be provided at the last garden.


Purchase your ticket at this garden.

Start Here

OPEN 1.30-4:00PM

19 McKenzie Street, Beulah

  • The walk starts at this small but charming garden.
  • Buy your tickets here and receive a map of where all the gardens located.
  • Cold drinks are available for purchase
  • No Toilet. Street Parking. No Refreshments.


OPEN 1.30-4:00PM

McKenzie Street, Beulah

  • Newly built home which is totally off grid. How does this affect the type of garden that has been planted
  • Cold drinks are available for purchase
  • No Toilet. Off Street Parking. No Refreshments.


OPEN 1.30-4:00PM

19 Hopetoun Street, Beulah

  • Barb and John’s garden is a wonderful display of large established trees and cottage colour
  • No Toilet. Off street parking.


OPEN 1.30-4:00PM

15 Deakin Street, Beulah

  • Karen and Ross’s garden is a labour of love with wonderful design features blooming with colour
  • No Toilet. Off-street parking.


OPEN 1.30-4:00PM

21 Bell Street, Beulah

  • Loreen’s garden is just 12 months old. She has a massive array of roses.
  • No toilet. No Refreshments.


OPEN 1.30-4:00PM

2 Deakin Street, Beulah

  • The CWA will be serving afternoon tea at this location consisting of sandwiches and scones, tea and coffee. This is an additional cost.
  • Toilet’s available. Refreshments – Yes


OPEN 1.30-4:00PM

2 Bell Street, Beulah

  • This community garden was established in 2015. Prior to this it was the old hospital which was demolished.  It has a variety of fruit trees and vegetable plots that are tended by the RNH Day Care Centre.
  • No toilet. No Refreshments.

For more information:

Prue McCredden
0428 990 512

High Country


Monday November 6th, 2023, 9.00am Omeo Golf Club, for 9.30 start
ADMISSION $15 per person, for 5 gardens.
Please see map of route and location of gardens.

1: Colleen and Steve Thomas’ Garden

OPEN 9.30-10.30

2 Day Avenue, Omeo

  • Cottage influence showcasing sustainable and productive garden in challenging climate with limited space.
  • Parking in the paddock. No Refreshments.

2: Sandi Beltrame’s Garden

OPEN 10.30-12.00

Miners Cottages, 11 Miners Way, Swifts Creek

  • Extensive, mainly native garden setting for attractive Miners Cottage accommodation in Swifts Creek.
  • CWA scones and sandwiches. Coffee, tea. Produce stall.

3: Pauline and Alan Fox’ Garden and Studio

OPEN 11.30-1.00

925 Cassilis Road, Swifts Creek

  • Cottage garden in a very beautiful setting on Swifts Creek.
  • Studio will be open.
  • No Toilet. Parking is beside the track as indicated. Cross over the bridge to enter the garden. Tea, Coffee.

4: Rick and Deb Herbertson’s Garden and Cassilis Estate Winery

OPEN 12.30-3.00

1314 Cassilis Rd, Cassilis

  • Extensive and productive garden, orchard and vines. Cellar Door-wine tasting and sales.
  • Refreshments – CWA sandwiches and scones, tea, coffee available for purchase. Parking onsite.

5: Dave and Esther Caukill’s Garden

OPEN 2.00-4.00

1768 Cassilis Road, Cassilis

  • Extensive self-sufficient, organic garden featuring large variety of vegetables, berries and orchard area.
  • No toilet. Limited parking roadside, no wheelchair access, uneven ground – sturdy shoes recommended. No Refreshments.


  1. Tickets are $15 which is entry for 5 gardens. Tickets may be purchased at each venue. Please register your name at each garden.
  2. Refreshments (CWA Sandwiches and scones) are available at the Cassilis Winery and the Miners Cottages.
  3. There will be 2 Garden Club members and your host at each garden to answer questions and provide assistance. Please stick to the opening times as indicated.
  4. This is a Tagalong Tour. There will be a bus leaving Omeo Golf Club at 9:30am, visiting each garden. You may choose to follow travel separately, making your own pace. The tour will be led by Omeo Garden Club members. Please RSVP to Colleen Thomas at 0428 046 999 if you wish to travel on the bus: $5 pp. We ask that you visit only during the times indicated. Gardens will close outside these times.
  5. There will be a stall selling pot plants and garden produce and CWA merchandise at the Miners Cottages.
  6. CWA sandwiches, scones, slices and tea/coffee will be available at the Miners Cottages and the Cassilis Winery.

For more information:

Colleen Thomas (Omeo Golf Club): 0428 046 999

Kate Commins (CWA): 0408 144 781

Sandi Beltrame (Omeo Garden Club): 0412 356 241