Spring has sprung at the National Trust Australia (Victoria) where a great Spring Garden Festival means lots of garden tours are available, integral to raising awareness of their great properties held in trust for the nation. They have over 30 spectacular events lined up for the garden festival at Rippon Lea House & Gardens where from garden tours to swing dances to opera, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Rippon Lea 2014 garden tours are running: 8, 15, 22 October, 5, 12, 19, 26 November, 3, 10, 17 December, 2014. The tours will take in behind the scenes areas and you will learn about some of the challenges and highlights in looking after one of Australia’s great gardens. The professional garden teams will be happy to answer questions about your own garden and share some knowledge that can be applied to your own backyard too.
Have ever wanted to learn the art of Japanese flower arranging? You can when Yukako Braun from the Melbourne chapter of Ikenobo is running a workshop Sunday 12 Oct at Rippon Lea as part of our Garden Festival festivities. Yukako will give a demo, explain the techniques and then you get the chance to make your own arrangement. Space is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment
You can also hear from experts like Jane Edmanson (ABC Gardening Show) about propagating, Max Allen on a cider master class, Richard Aitken on the gardens of Portugal and an edible garden tour with chef Ben Shewry to name a few.
Of particular interest will be URBAN BEEKEEPING with Melbourne City Roof Top Honey experts, telling you what you can do to attract bees, endangered in our world today. Guests will also have the opportunity to sample some delicious honey from some high profile hives from within Melbourne.
Rippon Lea house and garden is one of Australia’s greatest architectural treasures and is listed on the National Heritage Register. Admission General: $15 and National Trust Members are Free – Be sure to make it this the year you become a Member.