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Heritage garden opens for rare viewing


An heirloom tomato fair is being held in a private Geelong garden this weekend with lectures, cooking demonstrations, gardening advice and plant sales. While tomatoes are the main focus, visitors will also be able to peruse this large country-style property with perennial borders, an orchard and an old tennis court that has been transformed into productive beds. The fair runs from 10am-4.30pm today and tomorrow (February 2 and 3), $10 entry. Go to opengardensvictoria.org.au for more information.

The tomato harvest at Chesterfield in Geelong.

The tomato harvest at Chesterfield in Geelong.


Learn about the plants and animals of the Galapagos Islands in a talk at Cranbourne’s Australian Garden next weekend. Lynsey Poore​, a volunteer guide at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, will give a lecture, Island hopping in the Galapagos: In the footsteps of Darwin, from 11am-12.30pm on Sunday February 10, $25/$20 Cranbourne Friends. Go to rbgfriendscranbourne.org.au or phone 8774 2483 to make a booking.


A tour of the Heide Musuem of Modern Art’s extensive grounds will be conducted by the institution’s head gardener, Dugald Noyes, later this month for the Encouraging Women in Horticulture organisation. The tour starts at 12pm on Sunday February 17, $15/free EWHA members. Email events@ewha.com.au to book a place.

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