Darwin Open Gardens

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Enjoy a visit to the Darwin Open Gardens Scheme participating gardens to see a variety of landscapes, tropical plants, exotic palm trees and Australian native flora in these inspiring gardens.

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in 2019  a group of enthusiastic, local volunteers has brought the program back to Darwin and surrounding communities, after the National Open Gardens program ceased operating in 2015

Look for the signs when you are driving to one of the gardens on the dates listed below.

Open Gardens 2020 Season.

The first Open Garden for 2020 opens on Saturday 2th April and Sunday 5th April 

15 Stuckey Court, Howard Springs. 10am to 4 pm.

Take in a talk or workshop with a huge variety on offer -

COOLmob are holding a beeswax wrap demo,
Gamba Grassroots will be talking weeds,
Living Water Smart (Power and Water) will be there with information on water audits,
Tim Moore from Territory Native Plants, talking about and selling Territory native plants,
Andrew Critchley from Instinct Pest Management, to show you ways to deter Top End garden pests.

Funds raised from this will support, the Environment Centre NT (ECNT).

$7.00 entry for adults and as usual children under 18 are free and remember Open Gardens now has EFTPOS. 

A full list of the 2020 Open gardens will be available shortly.

All Open Gardens are open from 10am to 4pm unless noted otherwise.

A  $7 Admission is split between the garden owner and local community and charity groups 

Children under 18 are admitted free to all our Open Gardens.

The program is supported by;

Open Gardens NT is a not for profit organisation founded in 2018.
It owes it's success to the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers who made up the nationally run Open Gardens Scheme that ran in the Territory from 1987 to 2014 and the volunteers who now have launched the NT Open Gardens Scheme.

Previous National Open Gardens Scheme

Water on WetherbyFrom a previous Open Gardens program.

Australia's Open Garden Scheme was a not for profit organisation founded in 1987.
Its mission was to promote the knowledge and pleasure of gardens and gardening across Australia by opening inspiring gardens to the public. Each year the Scheme opened around 600 private gardens across every geographical region. The first of the Darwin open gardens started in 2000, and in 2014 gardens opened in Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area.

The Open Garden Scheme is totally self-funding, with entry fees divided as follows:
35% of the gate fee is returned to the garden owner or to a charity of their choice; 
65% covers the Scheme's operating costs, with surplus funds returned to the community via our Community Grants program.

To date, (2013) more than $850,000 has been given to community projects across Australia.
Charities and local causes have benefited to the tune of nearly $4 million thanks to the generosity of garden owners donating their gate share and proceeds from refreshment sales and stalls.

Jasmine Jan Studio gardenJasmine Jan Studio garden, a previous Open Garden.


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