On Thursday 16 October, the NGV Women’s Association (NGVWA) will hold its annual Garden Day. For over two decades, this highly anticipated event has offered visitors a glimpse into some of Melbourne’s most inspiring and rarely seen private gardens. This year, seven private gardens in Toorak will be open to visitors, showcasing some of Melbourne’s most eminent garden designers. From a beautifully rambling Edna Walling garden through to a contemporary creation designed by Fiona Brockoff, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Rick Eckersley gives strength to a simple garden design through the use of a rhythmic planting palette. Julian Ronchi brings charm to a vegetable garden with rustic hardwood, espaliered fruit trees and pleached Lindens. Paul Bangay features in two gardens, grandly expressing his reputation for detail, formality and superb sense of proportion, while Anthony Trumble delights with a lively garden designed to entertain.

The NGVWA produce and craft stall is another highlight of the day. Farm fresh eggs, micro herbs and flowers will be available for purchase, along with home-made cakes and biscuits, jams and preserves, and hand-crafted gifts and homewares.

In its fifty-three year history, the NGVWA has raised funds to benefit the NGV through the acquisition of significant works of art as well as provision of scholarships for curators and art students. The funds raised through this year’s Garden Day will enable the acquisition of a spectacular 17th Century Delft pyramid vase.

We hope you are able to come and enjoy this wonderful spring event.

Date: Thursday 16 October

Time: 10am-4pm

Where: 14 Maple Grove, Toorak 3142, for ticket sales and visitor information

Cost: $35 includes entrance to seven private gardens

Bookings: To pre-purchase your ticket, call 03 8662 1573 (daily, 10am – 5pm)

Information: www.ngv.vic.gov.au/ngvwa