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* Bright Spring Festival 2018 *
Saturday October 20th to Tuesday November 6th 2018 Look for 'Open Garden' signs There are 19 Open Gardens providing a spectacular spring display. Some gardens are long established, others only a couple of years in the making. You will find a range of exotic and rare trees, ornamental plantings, plus gardens directed towards sustainable food sources. There are formal gardens, wild gardens, artists gardens, orchards and farm gardens plus a community garden. learn about their methods, plantings and ideas. Please observe the required donations for most gardens as this is an important fundraiser for a number of community and charitable organisations. Some offer a chance to enjoy tea/coffee, local produce or a light lunch.
2018 Open Gardens1. Bright Community Garden Behind the Anglican Church Church Street, Bright Open: Daily - 8am to 5pm Entry : Please sign in the visitors’ book on entry to the garden. This garden is a non-for profit community project of Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group. The food forest has over 30 food trees and is heading into its third Spring, with trees planted in honour of families, community groups and loved ones. We have two rainwater tanks on site and have put in a system of swales to ensure efficient water catchment and use. We have, and continue to collect recycled materials to build beds, a gathering shelter, wash station, compost and worm bays and the list goes on and is ever evolving. We are striving to employ Permaculture design principles with zero chemical input, water saving design and closed system cycling of nutrients and waste. In the near future we will be holding workshops and events to create a shared learning space and provide an opportunity for the community to access healthy local produce. (0410 610 567) 2. Chestnut Tree Holiday Units 154-158 Delany Avenue, Bright Open: Daily - 10am to 6pm Entry : Gold coin donation Proceeds to Bright Spring Festival Three acres of landscaped gardens – rock walls, hedges, standard lumas, natives, mollis, tulips, azaleas, rhododendrons, many standard roses, dogwoods, maples (lipstick and Japanese), Mt Fuji Weeping cherries, catalpas, weeping elms and mulberries. Rob and Marielle Porter (03 5755 2100) 3. Norala Garden 77 Gavan Street, Bright Open: Oct 20, 21 & 22 - 10am to 4pm Entry : $4 donation Proceeds to local CFA Norala Garden is a much-loved historical garden in the middle of Bright, backing onto the Ovens River. The garden was built by two exceptional ladies between the 1960s – 1990s (Norma McGown and Alma Stanhope). The garden is well known for extensive drystone walling along Baker’s Gully. It is a rambling garden and reflects an old fashioned pleasure in gardening. Specimen trees from around the world including Himalayan spruce and parrotia, rhododendrons, azaleas and more than 75 different camellias make for a fabulous Spring display. Extensive bulb planting and ongoing maintenance contribute to sustaining this piece of Bright heritage. All trees and camellias are labeled and garden notes are provided. Mette Schepers & Mike van der Graaf (0400 114 033) 4. Elm Haven 13 Railway Avenue, Bright Open: Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 & 31, Nov 1, 2, 3 & 4 - 10am to 4pm Entry : $3 per person Proceeds to English Cocker Spaniel Rescue A romantic garden in a town setting framed by 100 year old elm trees. Featuring garden art with a selection of cottage plants and spring flowers. Christine Baker (03 5755 1534) 5. Chalets Lumineux 414 Back Porepunkah Road, Bright Open: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays - 11am to 3pm Entry : $2 per adult, optional (children free) Proceeds to support "Save the Bees", Light refreshments included. A beautiful, mature landscaped garden, a variety of "Arbres", lovely setting to lose yourself in. Silver birch, claret ash, liquidambar, colourful azaleas, camellias, daffodil and much more. Plenty of parking and seating. Julie (03 5750 1700) 6. Heritage Shaddock Trees Bright Accommodation Park, 438 Great Alpine Road, Bright Open: Daily - 1pm to 5pm Entry : Free Two of the only four shaddock trees in Victoria. These trees are over 100 years old and are listed with the National Trust. Come in and try our fruit. Complimentary information leaflets, recipes, samples and fruit available. Tracy (03 5750 1001) 7. Nightingales Apples 708 Morses Creek Road, Wandiligong Open: Daily - 9am to 5pm Entry : Free Many different varieties and colours of roses, rhododendrons and azaleas to view. Plus, many yummy apples to buy. Marianne Nightingale (03 5755 1127) 8. Mt Buffalo Olives 307 Mount Buffalo Road, Porepunkah Open: Oct 20,21,22,26,27,28 & 29, Nov 2, 3 & 4 - 11am to 5pm Entry : Gold coin donation Proceeds to Porepunkah CFA Elisa and Colin Bertuch of Mt Buffalo Olives, invite you to come on a self-guided walk through the olive grove and arboretum that they have established at the foot of Mount Buffalo. Highlights include many well established trees – a Wollemi Pine, Bunya Pines, Forest Pansys, Oaks, Weeping Mulberries, Weeping Cherry, Maples, Gingkoes, Ash Trees, Coastal Redwood and many more. Get your mud-maps of the garden at the Mt Buffalo Olives farm-gate shop at the top of the drive. Elisa and Collin Bertuch (03 5756 2143 or 0412 358 850) 9. High Country Lavender 318 Roberts Creek Road, Porepunkah Open: Every day excluding Mondays and Fridays, plus Monday Nov 5 – 12pm to 4pm Entry : Gold coin donation Proceeds to Challenge for kids cancer. Come and see this rambling, artistic, ad-hock country garden. You are also welcome to wander through our beautiful mudbrick home built by Julie and Ted. There are some old cars on display in the shed for anyone interested. Handmade crafts and lavender oil made by Ted available for purchase. Julie Gray (0419 005 339) 10. Eagles Rest 7 Mill Road, Harrietville Open: Oct 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 & 28, Nov 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 - 10am to 5pm Entry : Gold coin donation Proceeds to Harrietville Fresh Food Project This is an intense garden landscaped magnificently on about 1 acre. Planted down to a wide variety of trees and shrubs, many manicured and shaped for effect. Water features, a raised vegetable garden and poultry all add for effect and interest. This garden will also be part of the two Thursdays Harrietville tour day see details in the calendar of events. Jen O’Callaghan (0488 640 851) 11. Shady Brook 20 Mountain View Walk, Harrietville Open: 10am - 4pm daily Entry: $5 per adult/ $4 Concession (children free). Proceeds to local Harrietville groups Shady Brook is set on 14 acres, over 7 of which are landscaped and planted with thousands of spring flowering shrubs such as camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and many others including Australian natives. There are also large plantings of unusual and rare conifers. The property also contains many rare and exotic trees and shrubs. Shady Brook is set on the Ovens River with natural bush and walking tracks as a backdrop that take you up for spectacular views of the Mt Feathertop range. There is also a large and relaxing water feature and walks along the river. You need to allow at least one hour appreciating the garden. Free garden notes and tea/coffee /biscuits are provided, also toilet facilities available. Buses and large groups by prior appointment please. This garden will also be part of the two Thursdays Harrietville tour day see details in the calendar of events. Anne & John Atkins (03 5759 2741 or 0438 050 475) 12. Mountain Fresh Trout & Salmon Farm 10 Stony Creek Road, Harrietville Open: Everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 10am to 4pm Entry : Gold coin donation Proceeds to Church of Christ We do not classify ourselves as gardeners but we have created a lovely place to stroll around our 20 acre property. Feed the fish or try and catch a fish if you like. Bring a picnic and just enjoy the views. Sally and Peter Hall (03 5759 2558) 13. Granny's Pantry 55 Great Alpine Road - Harrietville Open: All days EXECPT Nov 3, 5 & 6 - 10am to 5pm Entry : Gold coin donation Proceeds to Harrietville Primary School Brian and Jan have been creating their ‘Secret Garden’ over the past 3 years. The small garden is a combination of brick paths, corrugated iron walls, old machinery, quirky corners, pots, ferns, creepers etc. Shade and winter frosts are their biggest headaches... any advice or suggestions would be gratefully received. Brian and Jan Fleming (03 5759 2699) 14. Lavender Hue 20 Great Alpine Road, Harrietville Open: Thursday to Sunday - 9am to 5pm Entry : Gold coin donation Proceeds to Alpine Health Palliative Care Visit this working Lavender Farm in an idyllic lush riverside setting. A tree lined drive of Canadian Maples, Pencil Pines & Liquid Ambers welcome you with lavender fields on either side. Rhododendrons, Azaleas & Irises also make for a picturesque spring setting. Relax on the deck or in the wisteria laden courtyard, savouring oven fresh Devonshire tea ( as an extra ) while enjoying the sounds of the sparkling Ovens River & views of the surrounding bush. Verona Sullivan (0408 698 456) 15. Waratah Plantation 261 Wobonga Lane, Eurobin Open: Saturday and Sunday 20 and 21 October (other times by arrangement) – 10am to 4.30pm Entry : $5 Proceeds to The Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre. Set overlooking the Ovens River, this native garden has been developed over 12 years and continues to evolve. It features a wide range of beautiful flowering Australian natives with a feature being the flowering of 200 waratah plants grown for commercial sale, peaking in October. Also flowering are grevilleas, boronias, rice flower and many less common varieties. There are also older exotic plants around an old house site. The owners will on site to guide your visit. Plants and flowers will be on sale. Devonshire Teas and raffle to support the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre. Malcolm & Mirella McKinnon (0408 826 955) 16. Buffalo River Native Nursery 9 Merriang South Road, Myrtleford Open: Oct 21,26,28, Nov 2 & 6 - 9am to 5pm Entry : $2 Proceeds to Diabetes Australia We have a five acre block on the corner of Buffalo River Road and the Merriang South Road in Myrtleford that backs onto the Buffalo River. The garden is about 28 years old and contains mostly native plants with a small orchard and fruit and vegetable plots. Plants include grevillea, callistemon, eremophila, banksias, waratah, several ferns and a large range of kangaraoo paws. Several indigenous plants grow along the river, which is mostly cleared of black berries. We also run a small native nursery with heaps of plants available for purchase. We will have a garden tour at 11am each Sunday Darrell Perkins (03 5752 2593 or 0448 522 593) 17. Kaceen Empire 913 Myrtleford-Yackandandah Road, Myrtleford. Open: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays - 9am to 4pm. Saturdays & Sundays - 10am to 3pm. Entry : Free Come on a magical journey through our beautiful 1.5 acre display nestled into the foot hills of the Alpine area of north East Victoria. Come and explore our two authentic styled cabins, 3 bridges, pizza hut, wizards shack, tree house, castle ruins, fairy garden, blacksmith’s work shop and much more to spark a little inspiration in everyone. There is also plenty to buy and take home for your own garden. Robyn & Kevin (03 5753 4550) 18. Homestead Estate Winery and Olive Grove 713 Happy Valley Road, Rosewhite Open: Oct 20,21,27 & 28, Nov 3 & 5 - 10am to 4pm Entry : $4 Proceeds to Friends of Lacluta The garden was first established in 1869 and has seen many changes. Original trees include Magnolia Grandiflora (1872), a grove of Elms, a hoop pine. Recent additions are an avenue of red oaks, ginkgos, silver birch, magnolias, Manchurian pears, Claret Ash, two vineyards and olive groves. Roses and peonies are the stars of the cottage garden. Wine and Olive Oil tasting are available. Devonshire tea available. Tours of the Historic Homestead 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Noela Dawes (03 5753 5318 or 0488 258 997) 19. Gremolly Garden 18 Streets Lane, Dederang Open: Nov 3 & 4 - 10am to 5pm Entry : $5 Proceeds to Borneo Orphanage. Our garden began from nothing 18 years ago and has been lovingly developed by the whole family. We have a vegetable patch, orchard enjoying our own fruit for ten months of the year. Enjoy a cuppa under the arbour while relaxing by a beautiful water area. You could sum up our garden by saying it is a parkland. Devonshire Tea served in the garden $5. Elaine Gregg (02 6028 9430 or 0429 317 346)
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