National Arboretum Canberra


Open Gardens Australia Celebration Garden

The Open Gardens Australia Celebration Garden is a lasting tribute to Open Gardens Australia's twenty seven year history (1987-2016) and success in opening almost 20,000 gardens and raising more than $6 million for charitable causes.

The Celebration Garden designers drew inspiration from the theme 'artistry of gardens' and the mix of Australian and exotic plants used reflects the diversity of gardens showcased by Open Gardens Australia.

Mrs Tamie Fraser AO was the patron of Open Gardens Australia.

Open Gardens Australia has generously funded the development of the garden; a truly wonderful gift to the Arboretum and all Australians.

Designed by Neil Hobbs for Harris Hobbs Landscapes. Constructed by Able Landscaping Pty Ltd in 2017.

Background - Turning of the soil 27 June 2015

Mrs Tamie Fraser OAM, Patron of Open Gardens Australia, and Andrew Buchanan, Board Member of Open Gardens Australia, at the OGA Garden dedication
Mrs Tamie Fraser OAM, Patron of Open Gardens Australia, and Andrew Buchanan, Board Member of Open Gardens Australia, at the OGA Garden dedication.

Mrs Tamie Fraser OAM, Patron of Open Gardens Australia, Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Neil Hobbs, Landscape Architect, and Karina Hobbs at the OGA Garden dedication.
Mrs Tamie Fraser OAM, Patron of Open Gardens Australia, Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Neil Hobbs, Landscape Architect, and Karina Hobbs at the OGA Garden dedication.

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced the selected design for the new Open Gardens Australia Garden at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Together with Mrs Tamie Fraser OAM, patron and tireless ambassador for Open Gardens Australia, Minister Rattenbury turned the sod today for the new garden, the first in the Arboretum's Gallery of Gardens. They were assisted by the recently elected President of the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra, Ms Trish Keller.

The Open Gardens Australia Garden will be created to honour Open Garden Australia's long history and success in opening almost 20,000 gardens and raising more than $6 million for charitable causes over the past 27 years.

A selected panel of garden designers and landscape architects were invited to submit designs for this new addition to the Arboretum. The designers were asked to draw inspiration from the theme 'artistry of gardens' and to reflect the goals shared by the Arboretum and OGA.

The design selected was submitted by local landscape designer Neil Harris from Harris Hobbs Landscapes. The design concept for the garden fulfils the 'artistry of gardens' theme and will feature a grassed marquee space, a bird bath and various seating and paved areas. It contains a mixture of Australian and exotic plants, reflecting the diversity of gardens that were showcased by Open Gardens Australia.

Open Gardens Australia has generously funded the design and development of the garden; a truly wonderful gift to the Arboretum and all Australians.

Guests at the Open Gardens Australia Garden dedication. Photo courtesy of GardenDrum.com
Guests at the Open Gardens Australia Garden dedication. Photo courtesy of GardenDrum.com

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