About us

Open Gardens Canberra is a not-for-profit community association run by a committee of volunteers. Our mission is to open gardens in the Canberra region for viewing by members and the public; to encourage sustainable garden practices; and to support community projects and charities.

Open Gardens Canberra was formed to continue the tradition of private open gardens established by Open Gardens Australia. It was established in May 2015 as an incorporated not-for-profit organisation. Since then an exciting and diverse range of gardens have been opened to the public.


Members are welcome to attend Committee meetings; if you are interested in attending one please contact the Secretary. There are some vacancies on the Committee, and nominations to join are possible at any time. We are always happy to hear from you, and are especially seeking people who can assist with roles such as volunteer coordination, publicity coordination, newsletter editing, website editing, etc. Information on the roles of OGC committee members is available here.

The Rules of the association are available here. Minutes from AGMs are available on request.

Position Office bearer Email Address
President Merryl Bradley president1@opengardenscanberra.org.au
Vice-President Ian Davenport info@opengardenscanberra.org.au
Secretary Deirdre Kiorgaard secretary@opengardenscanberra.org.au
Treasurer Maureen Davenport treasurer@opengardenscanberra.org.au
Other Committee Members
Tom Baker Chris Lord
Sue Freeland Sally Stephens
Ann Lord Martin Wright

For general enquiries, including booking, publicity and website enquiries, please contact us at info@opengardenscanberra.org.au.

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