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Open Gardens Australia lives on in a garden



December 15, 2016

OGA spade by Geoff Farquhar Still

The much-loved, now missed but not forgotten organisation Open Gardens Australia (which folded in 2015) is being remembered in a new garden, the OGA Celebration Garden¬†on the Events Terrace at the National Arboretum in Canberra. It’s been a long time coming but the new garden is finally taking shape.

The OGA Celebration Garden under construction, December 2016


Designed by ACT-based landscape architect Neil Hobbs of Harris Hobbs Landscapes, the garden design reflects the goals and legacy of Open Gardens Australia. The 500sqm garden features a grassed marquee space, bird bath and seating and includes this beautiful sandstone work by Rock Solid Masonry, as well as the very elegant OGA logo spade, made by artisan Geoff Farquhar Still.

OGA Garden Dec 2016. Photo Neil Hobbs

Blocks for OGA Garden 2016. Photo Neil Hobbs

Plan of the OGA Celebration Garden at the National Arboretum, Canberra. Design Neil Hobbs of HHL.


The OGA Celebration Garden is one of seven gardens planned for the Events Terrace, including a Children’s Garden, AIDS Garden of Reflection, Labyrinth Garden and the Mununja Butterfly Garden. It has been funded through a legacy gift from Open Gardens Australia.

OGA Celebration Garden at the National Arboretum, Canberra. Design Neil Hobbs, HHL


The OGA Celebration Garden is scheduled to open in early April 2017.

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