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Flowers & gardens

Flowers & gardens

The climate in Victoria offers perfect growing conditions for most types of wildflowers and the potted varieties. This is thanks to the lack of constant humidity, the true and definable four seasons and crisp winter air.

Flower gardens

  • Big Bouquet

    www.bigbouquet.com.au

    A modern flower farm specialising in gerberas and complimenting seasonal flowers. Buy fresh from the farm and learn first-hand about the growing process while touring the impressive glasshouse filled with over 60,000 flowering gerberas. The farm also incorporates an alpaca stud, gift shop and cafe. (Healesville)

  • Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

    www.lavandula.com.au

    Located 6 kilometres north of Hepburn Spring, this working lavender farm offers an authentic European experience. There's an 1860s Swiss-Italian farmhouse, a cafe, shop, lavender fields, olive and chestnut groves, a vineyard and beautiful gardens to relax in or explore.

  • Morwell Centenary Rose Garden

    www.morwellrosegarden.com.au

    The Morwell Centenary Rose Garden is one of the world's premier rose gardens, proudly showcasing about 3000 roses within a one hectare scenic park-like setting at the edge of the CBD. Climbing roses create walls of colour and perfume, while below garden paths wend their way through perfumed beds of Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Austin roses. The garden is lovingly maintained by the Latrobe City Council and many willing and rose-loving volunteers. (Morwell)

  • National Rhododendron Gardens

    parkweb.vic.gov.au

    Set on a hilltop, there are 43 hectares of gardens featuring brilliantly coloured blooms including rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Enjoy the flowers and the backdrop of the scenic Dandenong Ranges. (Olinda)

  • Victoria State Rose Garden

    www.vicstaterosegarden.com.au

    Opened in 1986, the internationally acclaimed Victoria State Rose Garden features over 5,000 roses across 2½ hectares. Explore the beautifully laid out gardens which are blooming at their best between November and April. (Werribee)

Flower and garden festivals

Attend a flower or garden festival, celebrate the beauty of nature and be inspired to create your own.

  • Alexandra & District Open Gardens

    www.alexandraopengardens.com.au

    October. Some of the finest gardens in the district are open for public viewing during this festival. Meet garden creators and share their passion. (Alexandra)

  • Ballarat Begonia Festival

    www.ballaratbegoniafestival.com

    March. A festival celebrating Ballarat's world renowned begonias with their vibrant colours and magnificent blooms. There is an outstanding begonia display at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens as well as live entertainment, childrens activities, vintage tram rides, a gardener's market and great regional food and wine offerings. (Ballarat)

  • Festival of Gardens

    www.festivalofgardens.org

    October / November. This spring-time festival sees locals opening their wonderful gardens to the public, from large rambling country gardens to compact cottage gardens and everything in between. (Castlemaine)

  • Gardivalia Festival of Gardens

    www.gardivalia.com.au

    Discover the many beautiful gardens in west Gippsland, from those small courtyard types to grand country gardens, during this festival. There's open gardens, garden tours, demonstrations, workshops and displays.

  • Grampians Wildflower Show

    www.grampianswildflowershow.org.au

    October. The Grampians come alive during the springtime with its wildflowers. There is an exhibition at Centenary Hall in Halls Gap with local wildflower experts in attendance, hands-on activities and organised bus tours with expert guides to see wildflowers in their natural environment. (Halls Gap)

  • Melbourne Flower & Garden Show

    www.melbflowershow.com.au

    March. This is the biggest annual garden show in in the Southern Hemisphere. The world renowned Melbourne International Flower & Garden show is held within the Royal Exhibition Building and the southern section of the Carlton Gardens. The passion and creativity of Australia's top floral and landscape designers unite to create stunning displays and share new and innovative garden ideas. There are demonstrations, sales of garden products and food stalls. (Carlton)

  • Spring Garden & Lifestyle Show

    www.springgardenshow.com.au

    September. Gardeners from all walks of life will be inspired by this show which is held at the Mornington Racecourse. There are displays of plants, gardens, new products, a plant and flower market, an interactive area for children, and educational segments by celebrities and gardening experts. (Mornington)

  • Tesselaar Tulip Festival

    www.tulipfestival.com.au

    September / October. In the small Dandenong Ranges township of Silvan are beds of millions of lush tulips in an array of vibrant and awe-inspiring colours. Each year the well known Tesselaar Tulip Farm holds a tulip festival to showcase this gorgeous flower in all of its purple patch glory. Visitors will be dazzled by the stunning and wondrous fields of lush colourful tulips that grow here, and there is also live entertainment, market stalls and tempting food on offer. Chances are if you've ordered tulips at your local florist anywhere within Australia, they have probably come from Tesselaar Tulip Farms.