Open Gardens Australia began life as Victoria’s Gardens Scheme in 1987, broadening to become a national program in 2000. Since the organization’s beginning, it has showcased some 10,000 gardens, and today opens around 500 new private gardens to the public each season. It is estimated that around 200,000 adults visit the gardens annually, accompanied by countless children.
The gardens front and centre on the stamps are:
Cruden Farm, Victoria
The late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch established the historic garden within a working farm more than 80 years ago, engaging, among others, renowned landscape designer Edna Walling. It is a founding garden in Open Gardens Australia.
Mendel Garden, Western Australia
Award-winning landscape designer Janine Mendel developed this wonderful urban garden, which comprises three courtyards, with the stamp showing the lush, subtropical entry courtyard.
Niwajiri, South Australia
Steve Hailstone developed Niwajiri in the Adelaide Hills in the late 1980s. Displaying European, Japanese and Australian influences, Niwajiri has been meticulously planned and planted.
Walcott Garden, ACT
First developed in 1926 and redesigned by Helen Cohen in 2003, this water-wise garden reflects the vision of its owners, focusing on native plant species, textured foliage and an informal landscape design.
This is a superbly designed contemporary cool-climate garden among the rolling hills of northern Tasmania. A focal point in the tranquil garden is a seven-ring classical labyrinth, created through careful grass mowing.