Open Gardens Australia closes after 27 yearsIn Attractions, Australian Cultural Exports, Australian Domestic Tourism, Business Resources, Community, Harmonisation, National Headlines Heywood House to the east of Melbourne overlooking the Dandenong Ranges. Open Gardens Australia closes after 27 years, citing financial pressure From abc.net.au, 2nd September 2014 Gallery: Open Gardens Australia was behind the opening of almost 20,000 private gardens across Australia Map: Australia The organisation that opened up some of Australia’s most extravagant gardens to the public has announced this season will be its last. Open Gardens Australia (OGA) started in Victoria 27 years ago and has been behind the opening of almost 20,000 private gardens across Australia to the public. In its heyday more than 800 gardens opened annually, but just under 500 gardens will be open this season. The OGA said economic and technological changes had created increasing financial pressure for the organisation. OGA’s Deputy Chair Brigid Robertson said the organisation had become a victim of its own success and could no longer compete with other groups. “When Open Gardens started 27 years ago there wasn’t too much to do on a Saturday or a Sunday,” she said. “We now have food festivals and wine festivals and comedy festivals. “A lot of schools, hospitals, local charities have taken to garden openings with a vengeance and I think that’s a great compliment to us it’s a great way to raise funds for your local charity.” The OGA will complete its schedule for the 2014-15 season before ending operations in June next year. Have your say: What do you think about the closure of Open Gardens Australia? OGA ‘inspired and motivated’ a generation of gardeners Jane Edmanson from the ABC’s Gardening Australia said she was shocked to hear OGA would no longer be operating beyond next year. “I was involved in the very first board meeting and it was a great thing because we started small,” she said. “Victoria was the first one to have open gardens and it bigger and bigger and went national. “I think going national like that, after 27 years of existence, it probably gets expensive and there’s lots of other gardens around that are open.” Ms Edmanson said OGA inspired a generation of gardeners. “Everyone who came to visit has really gone away with some sort of idea and really put their foot out for the first time in their and done it themselves,” she said. “That’s what it was all about, getting out and having a go at gardening.” Share Tweet Previous Post Alcohol consuming 60% of WA’s policing resources Next Post MP wants penalty cuts to solve youth unemployment Veronica Hope You may also read!Huge jetstar sale 12th August 2022 2 0 CommentsBy: Michael Holani Jetstar has dropped a 4-day sale for fares to the Sunshine Coast from just $60* Over 20,000 saleRead More...Gold Coast Beer & Cider Festival 8th August 2022 8 0 CommentsBy: Michael HolaniAfter being forced to postpone by last year’s pandemic, the inaugural Gold Coast Beer & Cider Festival will now take placeRead More...Cambodian fisherman catches largest recorded freshwater fish in Mekong River 5th August 2022 13 0 CommentsBy: Michael HolaniA fisherman in Cambodia has caught the largest recorded freshwater fish on record in the Mekong river. The stingray measuredRead More... Leave a reply:Your email address will not be published.