Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges

Kalorama, VIC, 3766

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This Spring Dandenong Ranges Tourism presents The Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges, once more opening the gates to some of the finest privately owned gardens in Melbourne from October 17-20 & 24-27. Fill your senses with unforgettable sights, gourmet foods and the scent of Spring, while Botanical tour guides and garden owners share with you their expertise and stories. Each day begins with refreshments at Karwarra Australian Plant Garden and ends with a glass of wine and hors-d'oeuvres.

Event Dates/Times

Last open October 2018 Check later for future dates
Warning: Uneven surfaces, Steep slopes, Trip hazards, Not Suitable for children

Location & Contact Info

  • Kalorama, VIC, 3766

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Event Guide

The 2018 Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges program will be a treat for garden lovers far and wide. New additions to the tour this year include the Philip Johnson garden - with a focus on sustainable habitats that help to heal the earth and creat ...

Moments of magic in the most memorable gardens

Operating for only four days per week over two weeks, no two days in the same week are repeated. Join us for all four days in a single week and you will experience different gardens daily and enjoy lunch in four different locations. Tours return to Karwarra at the end of each day to a glass of wine and hors-d'oeuvres before guests retire to their own accommodation or make their way home.  More Info »

Meet your Botanical guides

Eddie Wasbutzki is the current head gardener of the historically significant Beechmont Gardens in Olinda, a garden guide with Botanica, and also looks after his own 2-acre garden in Emerald. A passionate gardener and plant expert, Eddie's career spans more than 35 years in both the floristry and nursery industries, including the establishment of the Lone Hydrangea Florist & Nursery in Hawthorn and 16 years at Cloudehill Nursery.
Eddie's knowledge of the Dandenong Ranges gardens and its flora is exceptional. As he escorts you through exquisite secret gardens, Eddie will inspire you by sharing his passion for plants.

Margi Petzke - A passionate plantswoman, Margi had a great love of gardens and gardening long before she studied Horticulture at the renowned Burnley College in Melbourne. Her past horticultural employment has included Lecturer in Horticultural Therapy, Teacher in Vocational Skills in Horticulture, along with Garden Coordination and Selection for Open Gardens Australia. She has been the Activities Coordinator for Plant Trust for 8 years and continues to garden on properties in her local area while tending her own 1.5 acre garden in her limited spare time

Impressions from previous tours...

'It was an absolutely fabulous day. Mind blowing in every way.' Susan
'Joost is amazing and inspiring. I wish I could have spent the whole day there.' Caroline
'Wandering about the garden or the interiors of Beechmont is a wonderful sensory experience - a heady mix of budding colour, fragrance and natural texture.' Yarra Ranges Magazine

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Don't miss out on securing your place today. This unique event offers only 50 places each day for these exclusive Daily Garden Tours.
As a special offer to My Open Garden users you can take advantage of a discount of $30 off a two-day package by quoting promotion code 'camellia'.  More Info »

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