We have had fantastic support for the first half of our Inaugural OGSA season with 40 garden openings and 14,000 visitors. Our garden owners have reported that they have raised more than $48,000 for their charities. Our visitors have expressed the view that they are very pleased that Open Gardens is continuing.
Please click on the 2015/16 Season tab above to view all the information for the wonderful gardens that will be opening during the remainder of our Inaugural OGSA Season. You can download and print a listing of all the gardens opening in our summer-autumn season. Click here.
You are warmly invited to become a Member of OGSA and join with other garden lovers and share the members-only benefits. Please click on the membership link above.
Welcome to Open Gardens South Australia Inc.
Open Gardens SA Inc. (OGSA) is a new organisation which has been established in South Australia to carry on the good work of the popular national open garden scheme run by Open Gardens Australia that closed on 30th June 2015.
As of the 1 July 2015, Open Gardens SA took up the role of opening many of South Australia’s stunning, privately owned gardens to the public.
The new South Australian “not for profit” Association includes many familiar faces from the 25 year history of the open gardens scheme in South Australia – including amazing garden owners, selectors, committee members and representatives from South Australia’s horticultural community.
Open Gardens S.A. Inc. is undertaking the task of organising an exciting new program of beautiful gardens to visit and events to participate in for the 2015/16 season. Many South Australian garden owners have already expressed an interest in continuing to open their gardens as part of the new Open Gardens SA.
OGSA is on Facebook
As each new garden is confirmed for our 2015/16 season, we will be giving you a sneak preview of these exciting gardens on our Facebook page. Our Garden Gurus will be providing continuing blogs of garden hints.
Please follow us on Facebook and “Like” and “Share” our page. We look forward to seeing you there!
Garden Owners – Our Most Valuable Asset
The new OGSA group aims to build a more engaging and inclusive organisation, with an increased focus on returning more funds to garden owners and/or their chosen charities. The garden entrance fees will remain at $8 but a more generous 50/50 division of gate entrance fees will apply as part of the new initiative.
A new concession rate of $6 will also be introduced to enable garden visitors with a Commonwealth Government Pensioner Concession or Health Care Card a more affordable option to visit SA gardens. Children aged Under 18 will continue to be admitted to gardens free of charge.
Membership Opportunity to Join Open Gardens SA Inc.
The newly formed group has also launched a new membership drive offering unique benefits to South Australian garden lovers, including members-only activities and a two for-one garden entry to one garden of their choice.
You are invited to become a Member of OGSA at an annual subscription fee of $30. Please click on the “Membership” link on the header bar above and follow the instructions to download a membership form which can be posted with a cheque or you may pay by bank transfer and then send your details by email.
Well-known garden lover and past chairman of the former scheme, Vick Winnall has been elected Chair of the inaugural OGSA committee. Vick has been joined by a notable list of South Australian garden leaders, including former ABC Gardener of the Year Di Michalk, owner of the famous Ashgrove Iris Garden at Gumeracha, and renowned author and dry climate garden expert Trevor Nottle. The committee also includes many past and present garden openers, former Open Garden Australia committee members and State Coordinators.