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Spring Garden Festival

Calling all Victorian foodies, ‘wanna-be chefs’, green thumbs and garden gurus - the National Trust of Australia Victoria (NTV) is launching its inaugural Garden Festival with events tailored specifically to suit Victoria’s diverse tastes and interests, from urban hipsters and food lovers to families and kids.
The Festival will provide intimate access to NTV’s historically rich properties while adding a modern twist with the inclusion of some of Melbourne’s elite chefs, garden designers and beverage connoisseurs.
The exciting line up of workshops, performances and exclusive tours will take place across NTV’s heritage-listed metro and regional properties, including the stunning Rippon Lea House and Gardens, South Yarra’s Como House, The Heights Heritage House and Garden and Mulberry Hill Estate.
As part of the Festival, Head Chef of multi-award winning restaurant Attica, Ben Shewry, will hold a private guided tour of his kitchen gardens, located on the grounds of Rippon Lea House and Gardens.
“Food is my biggest passion and I am thrilled to be part of the Garden Festival, as well as have the opportunity to bring Victorian food lovers together to appreciate and taste the exceptional fresh produce I work with every day,” said Ben.
“The Festival is a great initiative as it allows Attica to open our vegetable, fruit and herb plots to the public,” said Ben.
Australian wine authority, Max Allen, will also take part in the state-wide Festival and will host an intimate cider tasting, featuring brews made from Rippon Lea Estate’s heritage apple collection which includes little known apples such as Gooseberry Pippin and Kingston Black.
Commercial Manager of The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Drew Grove said the Garden Festival is a chance for Victorians to experience NTV’s properties as they’ve never been seen before, while also participating in quintessential Australian spring and summer activities.
“Vegetable sales, D.I.Y. garden lessons, cider making classes and delicious food is just the start of what the Garden Festival has to offer and at all our properties there will be something to appeal to all tastes and interests,” said Drew.
In addition to the multitude of events scheduled at Rippon Lea House and Gardens, an extravagant ‘Living Sculptures’ showcase will also take place, featuring a refined horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made from plants with colourful foliage.
Visitors to the ‘Living Sculptures’ exhibition will be able to climb inside the organic artworks while they learn about the installation process, available at Rippon Lea House and Gardens from Wednesday 1 October.

The Garden Festival runs from 1 October to 24 December 2014 across all of NTV’s properties. For information on events and schedule times please visit the website here.

Rippon Lea House and Gardens, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick VIC 3185

Love, Desire and Riches: The Fashion of Weddings

An exhibition that examines the intersection between film, historic fashion and the social narratives of weddings

Love, Desire and Riches will help you to discover that romance is never without drama, whether seen through great moments in literature and film or the romances of ordinary people from our own fair city.

The exhibition will also feature dresses from world famous fashion houses, such as Valentino, Maticevski and Akira, as well as rarely seen celebrity wedding gowns from Australia and abroad.

A vast collection of dresses from the 18th to 21st centuries will also be yours to enjoy.

Darcy Is Here!

Come see Darcy in the lake at Rippon Lea! He will be gracing us with his presence until the end of September. Don't miss your chance!

Want to hear from the Curator?

There will be a number of Curator Talks presented at 2pm on the following dates: September 11th & 20th.

Curator Talks include admission to the exhibition, and there is an additional cost for these sessions. Please click here for bookings.

Dates and Times:

Daily from July 1st - November 2nd. 10am - 4pm. Last entry to the exhibition is at 3:30pm.

Admission Prices:

Adults $15

Concessions $12

Child $9

Family $35

National Trust Members:

Adults $10

Concession $7

Child $4

Family $20 (2 adults & 2 children)

Garden entry only is free for members during the exhibition.

Bookings are recommended, and can be made here.

For all inquiries please call the National Trust Booking Office on 9656 9804, or email bookings@nattrust.com.au.