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GDF is now in the final stages of preparation for the sixth bigger and better than ever event in November.  Twenty eight spectacular gardens will be on show featuring the work of some of Melbourne's most acclaimed garden designers.  As an added feature this year we have eight large scale gardens open to the public - four on the Mornington Peninsula open both Saturday and Sunday plus another four, in the Euroa area which will be open on the Sunday only.  Once again designers and their staff will be on hand at their respective gardens to chat to the public and to discuss their design needs and obtain all the relevant information needed to create or improve their own gardens.

The Patron of this festival is John Patrick, the well known media identity.  Mr Patrick confirmed that 100% of the net proceeds will go to the charities selected by Rotary as listed at the bottom of this page and on the Charities Tab.  As the proud organisers of this event the Rotary Club of Kew in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Brighton North and Central Melbourne Sunrise aims to firstly, raise much needed funds for its selected charities; and secondly, to encourage creative, bold, innovative, versatile, practical and responsible gardening in our Australian gardens.

We are deeply indebted to the generous owners of the gardens and their designers whithout whom we would not be able to stage this event.

Please enjoy your visit to this site and the information it contains on the designers, the gardens, the charities and our sponsors for 2014.  We wish you another truly memorable weekend.



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Karen Sutherland

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Karen Sutherland Edible Eden Design is the natural outcome of my evolution as a gardener. After training at The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens then Burnley College, I began working for myself. After designing and installing sustainable gardens for over 20 years, with an emphasis on natives, and a lifetime of growing my own food at home, I have finally integrated the two halves of my gardening personality under the EED logo. Edible Eden Design allows me to create beautiful edible gardens, ranging from Food Forests for schools to modern suburban gardens composed entirely of edible plants… Read More


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Bus Tour

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Join an experienced tour guide for an organised coach tour around a selection of gardens.  Click for Tour Details & Pricing 

Tour includes refreshments, lunch and garden notes.  For further details and bookings please email your expression of interest by clicking the following link: BUS TOUR

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Garden DesignFest is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Kew and is held every other year to raise much needed funds for local, national and international charities.


Tickets can be purchased from this website or on the day of the event.
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