Ballarat in Spring November 2015

13 to 15 November 2015

The 8th annual Ballarat Gardens in Spring kicks off with the popular Speakers Luncheon on Friday 13th November 2015. This will again be held in the Robert Clark Centre and Conservatory with lunch provided by Ballarat’s food hero, Peter Ford. As you are aware tickets are limited for our informative and fun event, so be sure to diarise this event now. Registrations forms will be again in our program brochure which will be posted to you in August.

This year we are loosely focusing our theme on contrasts: – large and small gardens, parred back and abundance and in the past we have appreciated the link between art and gardening and have enjoyed several artists’ presentations. Ballarat is proud to be also hosting the 2015 Archibald Prize – which will be in the same time frame – a fabulous promotion for Victoria.

Three clusters of gardens will be opened in and around Ballarat, some for the first time and a couple returning by popular demand! Locations and details will be announced soon.

Detailed brochures with the speakers luncheon registration and open garden information will be posted out soon. In the mean time rug up and enjoy our winter gardens!

Helen Todd
Ballarat Gardens in Spring 2015






On Friday 13th November Ballarat Gardens in Spring Speakers Luncheon will be held at the Robert Clark Horticultural Centre, luncheon served in the spectacular Conservatory. Guest speakers are Criss Canning, Carolyn Blackman and Robert Boyle.


On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November a number of private gardens will be open in the Ballarat areas: ARMSTRONG GARDEN - Lake Wendouree, FRASER GARDEN - Ballarart, TODD GARDEN - Ballarat East, and KYLIE ROSE’S GARDEN - Scarsdale.

Speaker's Luncheon

Friday, 13 November
Venue: The Robert Clark Centre – Ballarat Botanical Gardens
Tickets TBA [includes delicious lunch provided by Peter Ford]

We are very excited to announce our Guest Speakers for 2015 Speakers Luncheon:


Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle completed a diploma of Horticultural Science at Burnley Horticultural College over 40 years ago and began to design and build gardens.

The range and style of his work has been as diverse and as varied as the places and the people; from broad scale landscape planning, restoration and conservation for governments and industry, gardens for schools and institutions, memorial gardens in cemeteries, magnificent country landscapes, suburban gardens and walled city gardens – every site and person presenting new and exciting challenges.



Carolyn Blackman

Carolyn Blackman is much sought after for her charismatic and knowledgeable public speaking and for over 15 years, has presented Landscape Design and Gardening talkback on Melbourne ABC 774 .

Gardens and Exhibits created by Vivid Design, have been seen in major publications in Australia including The Australian, Your Garden, House and Garden, Home Beautiful, the Australian Gardener, to name just a few. Vivid Design’s work has been featured widely on gardening television programs and has been awarded multiple medals for design both in Australia and Internationally. Working with her partner Jobe, Vivid Design was formed in 1996. The combined influence ensures gardens have equal emphasis on hard landscape design and planting design.



Criss Canning

Criss Canning was born in Melbourne and has become Australia’s foremost still-life painter exploring a wide variety of approaches while depicting common everyday objects.

Criss lives with her husband David Glenn in an 1860s farmhouse called Burnside, in Ascot, north of Ballarat. Lambley, a working nursery is internationally renowned specialising in drought tolerant perennials. Flowers from the garden provide inspiration for her still-life paintings.

Working in her studio with natural light, Canning’s adventurous and luscious brush strokes are deliberate and painted with confidence.

Criss Canning has held numerous solo exhibitions and is represented in many galleries including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the Art Gallery of Ballarat and in many private collections.