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Opening your garden


Each year we like to open some new gardens, as well as some returning favourites.  We are calling for Expressions of Interest from people interested in opening their food garden in 2024. 


What happens on the open gardens weekend?

All participating gardens are open from 10-4 each day.  Your role is to be available to answer visitor questions about your garden.  We help to find volunteers who will support you by welcoming visitors at the gate, selling tickets and distributing brochures about the location of gardens. 

How do we select which gardens will be included?

Our visitors have told us they really enjoy the variety of food gardens that are open each year.  In selecting gardens, we try to achieve:

  • Variety in garden size, ranging from small gardens (front yards, back yards, verges, pots) to large rural properties and farms;

  • Variety in how food is grown, showcasing, for example, some gardens with potted gardens, wicking beds, no dig beds, permaculture, hydroponics, vertical gardens or espaliering; 

  • A good distribution of gardens across the whole of Bass Coast Shire, usually with 5-6 gardens in each geographic area, for a total of about 15 open gardens.  


What are the next steps if I'm interested? 

  • Now to end August: Tell us a little about your garden (where you are, what you grow, how you grow, when you established your garden, how to contact you) to

  • Aug and Sept: Our Gardens Coordinator, Sharon Willcox, will contact you to come out for a visit, take some photos and answer your questions. 

  • By end Sept: We will select gardens against the criteria listed above and notify all gardens by end September as to their inclusion or not. 

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