The Open Gardens SA Team

The South Australian program continues to bloom – and we look forward to many more successful years to come. We would like to thank all of our inspiring garden owners and those who continue to visit the gardens. Open Gardens SA is a not-for-profit organisation overseen by a dedicated committee of South Australian garden lovers, including designers, horticulturalists, garden owners, and several former committee members of the National Open Gardens body that ran for 25 years.


 
Victoria Winnall

Chairperson

Victoria Winnall was a much-loved and respected chairperson of the original Open Gardens Scheme for many years – probably more than she can count! She has been a committee member, selector and garden owner and brings years of gardening knowledge to the new organisation. Vick is a Foundation Member and has led the OGSA committee from its inception.


 
Lyndie Carracher

Deputy Chairperson

Lyndie has been involved in gardening since early childhood and has a horticulture degree and formerly owned a garden design business. She has been an active member of the Mediterranean Garden Society for many years and was also on the committee of the former Open Garden Scheme right up to the formation of Open Gardens SA.


 
Jane Knowler

Membership Secretary and Public Officer

Jane is an academic lawyer who was able to assist OGSA to incorporate as a not-for-profit organisation. She is also a very keen, albeit amateur, gardener who is learning more about gardening every day from tending her own garden in the Adelaide Hills and believes that community-based organisations bring great value to society.


 
Virginia Sheridan

Committee Member and joint Chair of Selectors

Virginia was heavily involved with the former Open Gardens Australia organisation from 2006 as a selector, committee member and was the Chair of Selectors for many years. Virginia joined Open Gardens SA as a Foundation Member in 2015. She is interested in anything and everything associated with gardens and gardening. Virginia is also a member of the events committee


 
Marg Wilkinson

Committee Member and Events Coordinator 

Marg is a keen gardener and her garden "Gable Ends" was opened in Open Gardens Australia scheme in 2012 and Open Garden SA scheme in 2015. She is also a Foundation Member of Open Gardens Australia and heads up the organisation's amazing events committee which regularly caters for OGSA events.


 
 Trevor Nottle

Committee Member and sometime blogger

Trevor is a retired TAFE manager at Urrbrae and a well- known garden writer and garden historian with experiences as a speaker in many countries. He is a passionate plantsman and raises many plants from seed - especially those from Mediterranean climate zones including many bulbs. He is a volunteer at Carrick Hill and also serves on the committee of the SA branch of the Mediterranean Garden Society. Trevor was a Foundation Member of Open Gardens South Australia when it formed in 2015. Image courtesy SAGardens & Outdoor Living 2015

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Gail Heritage

Committee Member and Media Liaison Officer

Gail is a former State Coordinator of the Open Gardens Australia scheme and brings years of media experience to the committee, including more than 20 years working in print media as a journalist, editor and marketing. She has a passion for working for not for profit organisations and was a foundation member of Open Gardens South Australia when it formed in 2015.


 
Rob Andrewartha

Committee Member and Treasurer

Rob is the driving force behind the financial success of Open Gardens SA and brings years of financial management in the wine industry to the organisation. Rob is also the co-owner of The Garden in Wilpena Street, a beautiful garden in Eden Hills which makes a regular appearance in the spring program. Rob also plays in integral in role in presenting the Theatre in the Garden series.


 
Dianne Michalk

Committee Member

Di is a very keen gardener and has been a member of Open Gardens South Australia since it formed in 2015.  Di has a wealth of experience in preparing and opening gardens and has been opening her garden, Ashgrove Iris Garden, to the public annually since 2000.  Di’s passion for gardening was acknowledged by being named as the ABC Gardening Australia’s “Gardener of the Year 2013”.


 
Fiona Watson

Committee Member

Fiona Watson was previously on the Open Gardens Australia committee for many years before becoming a Foundation and Committee Member for OGSA in 2015. She enjoys being involved with so many wonderfully inspirational people, members and gardens and also loves getting stuck into her own garden whenever she can. Fiona has previously opened her garden in Wayville.


 
Tom Wilkinson

Committee Member and Web Manager

Tom was formative in setting up our Incorporation and Rules. He developed our website which he continues to manage. Tom assisted his wife Marg in opening their garden Gable Ends on two occasions but his heart really belongs to his vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Tom is frequently seen running the bar at OGSA events.


 
David Hancock

Committee Member

After a career in the business services sector David embraced a ‘leaf change’ and studied Garden Design and Horticulture. He has been involved with Open Gardens in South Australia since 2009 as a selector and as a member and chair of the Regional Committee of Open Gardens Australia. David is a Foundation Member of OGSA and is the resident ‘stats’ man. He also has a keen interest in getting the best photographs to showcase our wonderful gardens.


 
Sonia Green

Admin Officer

Sonia Green has loved visiting beautiful gardens all her life and has been lucky enough to enjoy many, awe-inspiring gardens in Australia and Europe (especially Italy and France). She has relished dozens of outings to lovely gardens in Adelaide - probably since the original OGA was first established. Earlier this year, she helped organise a tour to some of Mildura's surprising gardens.

With a background in journalism, communications and marketing, Sonia recently joined Open Gardens South Australia as its Admin Officer and is looking forward to seeing even more gorgeous gardens and meeting wonderful, like-minded people.

 
Jamie McIlwain

Committee Member

Jamie is a Landscape Designer who leads a team of Gardeners and Landscapers in the Adelaide Hills. He won the Master Landscapers of SA Award of Excellence in 2016 and the Landscapers Association of SA Award in 2015. He brings to our Committee 25 years of Garden Design and Landscaping knowledge.

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