Open Days at Como Gardens
Como Gardens holds open days twice a year during autumn and spring. These are held in April and October. We have enjoyed good patronage to these weekends where garden tours and rides on the miniature railway are popular favourites with visitors young and old.
During our open garden weekends we have frequent conducted tours of the vintage car museum professionally presented by Don Kinsey and Ron Simmons, both highly qualified on this subject and further supported by starting random cars on display, rotationally visiting cars at each event.
This April's Information includes:
Arrival by the bridge with barrel organ music by Hans
- Renown Sushi Chef Sam Ito is demonstrating
- Japanese Drumming performance by Toshi Sakamoto and his team
- Wizard of Oz in the Woodlands
- Knox Historical Society display
- Boats on the lake (Surrey model boat club)
- Fly Ball Dogs Competition
- 11am. Como garden tour
- 11am till afternoon, rock and roll band “The What” will be playing (Saturday only)
- Vintage Car display featuring the oldest car in Australia the 1891 Panhard et Levassar
- 11.30am. Museum talk and demonstration
- 1.30pm. “Andy’s Antics” children
entertainment (Sunday only
- 2.00pm. Puppeteer & Ventriloquist, Gordon Ross
- 2.30pm. Museum talk and demonstration
- 3pm. Fly Ball Dogs Competition
- 3.30pm Garden Tour.
- All day miniature train rides
- All day sausage sizzle
- All day Devonshire teas
- All day children’s activities in the woodlands, Featuring Peter Pan, produced by The Basin Primary School
- All day stalls around the garden
The 1891 Panhard et Levassar
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We are looking forward to hosting this weekend and hope that your able to join us.
Previously at the open weekends, there was a new feature added. It was a unique exhibit by Peter Brewer from the Surrey Park Model Boat Club. He re-recreated the sinking of the Titanic with his 3m long model of the vessel that was coal fired steam driven by a steam turbine.
Please download the PDF information sheet on the Titanic.
Other activities include
Visit the Fairy Tree for face painting and children's activities
Horticulture - Ferns & Orchids for sale
Ferny Creek Horticultural Society
Devonshire Tea & Refreshments
Boats on the lake
Rainy Day Book Store
Teddy Bears Picnic
Visit our aviaries where we have many beautiful birds including Belgium bantams, Polish chickens, Silky chickens, Lady Amherst pheasants bred for millinery purposes, peacocks and turkeys.
FlyBall Dogs Eastern Flyers
St John CPR Demonstrations
Model Boats on the Lake
Vintage Cars in the Museum
by Toshi Sakamoto
performing between 11:00 & 12:30
On site parking, over 180 cars
Dogs on leads permitted
Toilets for the disabled
Open Garden Weekend events are voluntarily manned and all proceeds go to Knox S.E.S. and St. John Ambulance.
$8.00 entry fee - Children under 14 Free.
Open from 10.00am to 4.30pm
79 Basin Olinda Rd, The Basin 3154 Victoria
|Garden Notes and Map can be downloaded by clicking on this button.
All the nature is free!
A weekend outing for the whole family! Fifteen acres to roam around and enjoy some lawn games, entertainment, history, food, and culture. The local primary school will be staging “Peter Pan” in the woodlands.As always the teddy bears picnic in the rain forest and you’re invited. Try and spot the fairies flying in the forest. Bilbo Baggins is hiding out in the shire.
From the magic circle we have Gordon Ross, a renowned puppeteer and ventriloquist on stage. Also the rock and roll band “The What” will hit the stage (Saturday only). More entertainment with “Andy’s Antics” entertaining the family (Sunday only)
Various clubs will show their skills, including The Surrey Hills Boat Club, featuring remote control speed boats and scale replicas all floating around the lake. Delighted as usual to have “The Eastern Fly Ball” dogs going through their paces giving smiles and entertainment to the crowds. Your dog on lead is welcome to visit as well!
The miniature railway will be shuffling the young at heart around the property and flowering gardens. The garage door will be open, inviting you to view and learn of historic cars cars of significance with informal talks and real time demonstrations.
No need to bring any food, because if you’re feeling a little hungry or thirsty you can, you can grab some yummy food from the food tent and maybe try your luck at winning something on spin the wheel. A nice leisurely walk through the gardens with our tour guide will set you up for a lovely feel good afternoon. There will be gate giveaways and super raffles around the grounds.
This is a non-profit event with all proceeds to St.John Ambulance and Knox S.E.S
Gates open at 10am. And close 4.30pm on both days.
Cost is $8.00 per person.Children under 14 are FREE
Come and say hello and enjoy Como Gardens…………..
This Autumn come and see the
FlyBall Dogs in action.
What is Flyball?
Flyball is a relay race between two teams of four dogs. Racing side by side, one dog from each team must go over four hurdles, trigger a flyball box pedal, catch (retrieve) a ball and then return over all four hurdles to the start/finish line where the next dog eagerly awaits.
Saturday - FlyBall Dogs Practicing
Sunday - Demonstration Day Times.
10:30 am and 3.00 pm
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