Event Calendar

Event Calendar for 2018 is here.

Spring Coach Tour to West Gippsland Gardens, Saturday 20th October, 2018

Join us for another garden Coach tour this time to the Gippsland region.  We will visit four amazing gardens: Barambah, Country Farm Perennials Gardens & Nursery, Picardy and The Garden at Broughton Hall.  Morning tea and lunch are included.  For further details see attached flyer here.

Indigenous Flora and Revegetation Forum, Wednesday 5th September, 2018

Please note:  Due to low numbers, the Forum has been cancelled.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Join us for an informative Forum, featuring speakers from Flora Victoria, Port Phillip and Westernport CMA,  Greening Australia and Trust for Nature.

The Forum will be preceded by our Annual General Meeting and Dinner.  For further details please follow this link.

Presentation on Ina Higgins by Sandra Pullman together with Friends of Burnley Gardens, Saturday 18th August, 2018  Please note:  Due to low numbers, this event has been cancelled.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Come learn about the amazing life of Ina Higgins, our very own Suffragette.  One of the first women permitted to enter Burnley College in 1899.  This presentation will be complemented by a talk from Sandra McMahon, President of the Friends of Burnley Gardens.  For more details please see this flyer.

Roraima Nursery and Geelong Botanic Gardens, Saturday 21st July, 2018

We are heading West in July.  A jam packed day, self-drive tour of Roraima Nursery, followed by lunch and then a tour of the Geelong Botanic Gardens.  The day is capped off with a visit to Green Hip Workwear for Women.  For more details see the following flyer.

Winter Masterpieces Exhibition “MoMA at NGV”, Friday 15th June, 2018

EWHA is once again hosting an evening out in celebration of Winter and Art.  Dinner first at Southgate and then an evening viewing of the Exhibition.  Numbers are limited so book today to secure a spot.  For more details please see here.

A Night to Celebrate Women in Horticulture, Cocktail Evening at the Arts Centre, Friday 18th May, 2018

EWHA invites you, family and friends to celebrate all that women bring to our great industry.  Enjoy drinks, finger food and the opportunity to meet other amazing horticultural women in one of Melbourne’s most iconic establishments.

For more details see this invite.

Autumn Coach Tour to Gisborne Gardens – Gisborne, Saturday 21st April, 2018

Sit back, relax and let us take you on a great day out!   Come, marvel at the work of our female Garden Designers when we visit four Gisborne gardens, some never before opened to the public.  We’ll then lunch (included) at the renowned gardens of “Tieve Tara” in Mount Macedon before finishing our tour at Frogmore Gardens & Nursery, Newbury.

For further details please see the attached invite.

Morning Tea & Gardeners Talk at the RBG – Melbourne, Friday 16th March, 2018

Join us at the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens – Melbourne, for a morning tea.  This will be followed by a talk with CEO, Tim Entwisle, a tour of the Children’s Garden, and talk/tour by an RBG Female Horticultural staff member.

For more details please see this invite.

First Event for 2018

“A Gardeners’ Get-Together”, Saturday 24th February, 2018

Join us for the first event of 2018: a Gardeners’ Get-Together at Warren Glen Garden Centre & Cafe in Warrandyte.

Share your experience and expertise over lunch, with other women who work in the many faceted industry that is horticulture.  Bring along your questions and solutions to share and welcome in the New Year.

Further details can be found here.

Oz Watergardens & Whispering Hills Winery Tour, Saturday 25th November 2017

Join us for our final event for 2017.    Oz Watergardens is Australia’s largest producer of ornamental water plants. Our tour starts here at 10.00am at 100 Glen Road, Silvan where Darryl Hoogeboom will take us on a tour of his facility explaining the propagation and maintenance  of this interesting group of plants.

At Whispering Hills Winery, 580 Warburton Hiqhway, Seville, Murray Lyons will give a short tour and talk about his vineyard and winery, before his wife Marie Lyons  (former Masterchef contestant) treats us to a delicious lunch of gourmet pizzas from her wood-fired oven.

For more details see invite here.

Small Business Forum, Wednesday 25th October 2017

EWHA and the Nursery & Garden Industry of Victoria will be partnering to bring you two small business workshops guaranteed to set you and your new horticulture venture on the right path.

“Starting Your Business Right” 
10.00am – 1.30pm  Cost $30.00 (lunch included)

“Business Planning Essentials”
2.15pm – 4.15pm  Cost $20.00

For more details here is the invite.

Sustainable Gardening Forum – Friday 1st September 2017

EWHA sees in the beginning of Spring with a Sustainable Gardening Forum hosted at CERES Environment Park.  Come and here some great speakers:

  • Karen Sutherland (Edible Eden Design) – Companion planting and attracting beneficial insects.
  • Angelica Cameron (IPM Technologies) – Entomology, ‘good bugs’ and integrated pest management
  • Belinda Kennedy (CERES) – Sustainable gardening practices used at CERES

For more details please see here.

EWHA’s Girls Pub Night – Friday 11th August, 2017

Join us for our annual winter pub night gathering at “The Local Taphouse” in St Kilda.

Come gather round the fire on a cold winter’s night and relax and network with other women working in the industry.  You’re welcome to just pop in, stay for a drink or join us for a meal – it’s up to you! Everyone’s welcome.

See invite for further details.

EWHA Annual General Meeting & Dinner, Tuesday July 25, 2017

The Annual General Meeting & Dinner of Encouragine Women in Horticulture Australia Incorporated will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in the Q-Room, QPO Cafe Bar Restaurant, 186 High Street, Kew, starting at 6.30pm SHARP.

Dinner is available from 6pm.   Full details are included in the attached RSVP form here. Please indicate your attendance or apology via the form.

The Agenda is attached here.  Nomination forms for  the 2018 Committee are here.

Dinner is available from 6pm.  Any queries, please email: secretary@ewha.com.au

Circular Food & Fawkner Cemetery Tour, Wednesday 5th July, 2017

Next month we’ll be taking a walk on the north side, a self-guided tour travelling to Circular Food in Somerton and Fawkner Northern Memorial Park in Glenroy.    Come see how Circular Food fights its “war on waste” by converting our food waste into high quality organic fertiliser “Big Bio” – with a little help from our friends, the worms!

Then it’s on to Northern Memorial Park for a free lunch kindly provided by the Cemetery, and a unique talk and tour about their new Living Legacy area where our loved ones may be commemorated through the planting of trees.   ​These are both sites which in their different ways are helping to reduce global warming: Circular Food by reducing the waste going to landfill and Northern Memorial Park by planting trees.​

For more details see the invite here. and a map of directions here.

2017 NGV Winter Masterpieces Exhibition:  Van Gogh and the Seasons, Friday 23rd June.

Join us for the EWHA Annual Excursion to the NGV Winter Masterpieces Exhibition.    This year the focus is the work of Dutch post-impressionist artist, Vincent Van Gogh.  The work is presented in sections depicting each of the four seasons.  This exhibition presents the largest collection of Van Gogh work to ever travel to Australia.

Prior to viewing the exhibition, we invite you to join us for dinner at “Jarrah” Restaurant in Southbank, where we can unwind from the busy week. There will be no charge for this event apart from your exhibition admission and meal/drinks which are at your own expense.  For more information please see the invite here.  A map to help you locate the Jarrah Restaurant is here.

Celebration of Women In Horticulture, Friday 26th May, 2017

Yes, it’s that time of year, to celebrate our achievements and contribution to the horticulture industry!

We will meet once again at Dawn Fleming’s Southbank apartment for an evening of wine, women and song!  There will be music to entertain you and also the opportunity to meet our winner of the EWHA Dawn Fleming Student Scholarship for 2016, Teagan Alexander, who will be joining us from Darwin.

Everyone is welcome – bring a friend or family member.   Enjoy a great night out in great company!  We look forward to seeing you there.

For more details please see invite here.

Edible Weeds Tour, Friday 28th April, 2017

Weed foraging in April!  This month we have the opportunity to visit Doris Pozzi, Melbourne’s own Edible Weeds Guru at her Yarra Valley property to go foraging for weeds – that’s right, we don’t have enough at home!

Doris will take us on a tour of her beautiful, organic garden to enlighten us about the value of the humble weed and all its uses.

Later we’ll enjoy lunch at the Healesville Hotel.    For more details, see here.

If you wish to know more about Doris do check out her website www.edibleweeds.com.au.

EWHA Visits MIFGS 2017 – Gardens by Twilight, Friday 31st March

Come along to MIFGS and keep abreast of the latest trends in gardens, gardening and all things horticultural!!!

This year we are  taking advantage of the twilight opening hours on the Friday night. We will meet as a group @ 7pm at the NGIV marquee at site No. B02, before dispersing to take in the sights.  For more info, see our invite here, and a map of the site here.

Kinglake Nursery Tour & Lunch,  Friday 3rd March, 2017

We are kicking off 2017 with a “behind-the-scenes” tour of 2 wholesale Nurseries in Kinglake – Antique Perennials and Prestige Plants, two well-known names in our horticulture industry.

This is your opportunity to learn about the challenges faced by these Nursery operators, who have based their businesses in an idyllic, but daunting location.

We will also be sampling some of the local hospitality over lunch at the Kinglake Pub.

For further details see invite here and also a schedule & map here.

Final Event of 2016

Pub Night at The Pumphouse – Friday 18th November

Yes, 2016 is drawing to a close and this will be our final opportunity to connect with other women in the industry and mull over the year that was.   You will find our Invitation here.     We especially welcome any newcomers – come broaden your network and forge new friendships.    ​We do hope you can join us​.

Please note the change of venue, from The Gertrude Hotel to the Bistro at The Pumphouse Hotel.

Spring Tour of Nurseries in the Dandenongs, Friday 21st October

Spring has sprung so it’s time to savour the season’s delights in the Dandenongs!

EWHA is running a self-guided tour of three nurseries: Sunny Hill Flowers, TNB Tulips and Paeon Nursery with a break for lunch at “Seasons” Restaurant at Cloudehill Nursery & Gardens, Olinda.   It will be an ideal opportunity for a behind-the-scenes peek at these businesses which bring us some of our most beautiful blooms.

For further information please see the invite here and the schedule of the day, including a map, here.

NGIV Trade Day, Tuesday 4th October, 2016

Come, meet us at the market and snap up some Spring bargains!

EWHA is once again offering access to the Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria’s monthly Trade Day at Caribbean Gardens, Scoresby.  Hitherto only open to NGIV members, EWHA has been granted special entry to this Spring market so that you can meet the growers and source the best stock available.

You’ll be able to purchase plants and other goods at trade prices so bring along your van, ute or other roomy vehicle to take full advantage of the wares on offer!    There is an ATM on site and food is available for purchase in the market or the Cafeteria outside.

We suggest you arrive at the recommended time of 6.30am as delays can be expected at the entrance.   EWHA will have a stand at the market to spread the word about our events and make contact with women in the industry.

For more info see invite here

NGV Winter Masterpieces Exhibition –  Degas: a New Vision, Friday 9th September, 2016

This year’s NGV Winter Masterpieces Exhibition will show off the work of French impressionist artist Edgar Degas.

We invite you to join us for dinner prior to viewing the Exhibition. We have chosen a quiet Restaurant in Southbank nearby, where we can unwind from the busy week, prior to going on to the Gallery. There will be no charge for this event apart from your Exhibition admission and meal/drinks which are at your own expense.

Full details can be found here. A Map with all the details can be found here

EWHA Pub Night in Prahan, Friday 19th August, 2016

Yes, we’ve decided to add another event to our Calendar this year – a Pub Night at the renowned Austin’s Restaurant at the Mt. Erica Hotel in Prahran.   Austin’s offers Spanish tapas and Mediterranean fare.

We hope you can join us for a casual night out, unwinding after a busy week.  For further details see invitation here.

EWHA Annual General Meeting & Dinner, Tuesday 26th July, 2016

The  Annual General Meeting & Dinner of Encouraging Women in Horticulture Australia Incorporated will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Hotel Kew starting at 6.30pm SHARP

Full details are included in the attached RSVP form.  Please indicate your attendance or apology via this form.    The Agenda is attached here.   Nomination forms for  the 2017 Committee are here.

Dinner is available in the Bistro from 6pm.  Any queries, please email:   secretary@ewha.com.au

July Event:

‘From Petri Dish to Pot’ Tour of Tissue Culture Australia, Wednesday 13th July, 2016

Join us for a tour that follows the journey of a new plant from tissue propagation to a pot in the Nursery.  Tissue Culture Australia is a business at Skye, near Cranbourne, owned and managed by women. It is one of the largest in Australia, producing 2 million cultures per year. You will be familiar with the Austraflora and Aloe-Aloe brands – come see how their plants are created.​

We will finish with lunch (at own expense) at the nearby McClelland Gallery Café in the Sculpture Park at 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin.

Full details are available here and directions to the venues are here.

June Event:

‘Get Down ‘N Dirty’ Garden Maintenance Forum – Thursday, 16th June 2016

We do hope you can join us for an inspiring and informative evening with three successful women in Horticulture.   This is an opportunity to hear their experiences in the Garden Maintenance field through a Forum we are holding at Holmesglen Institute, Glen Waverley.

Jane Dennithorne who was Head Gardener at the historic Kew property, “Raheen” for 15 years will share her experience there, describing her journey in horticulture and the challenges of managing a high profile heritage property. Jane now has her own garden design business “Design Hortensis”

Marrit Postema was Senior Gardener at Burnley for 6 years. She will give us her tips on garden maintenance particularly in relation to pruning techniques.

Michele Farrugia has run her own very successful garden design and maintenance business, “The Garden Tarts” in the eastern suburbs for 12 years.  She will address some of the practical aspects of running this type of business, imparting tips she has learned along the way and recommending strategies to ensure success.

Full details are available here and directions to the venue are here.

May Event:

‘Celebrate Women in Horticulture’   Friday, 27th May 2016

We invite you to join us for a special evening at the Southbank apartment of Dawn Fleming, one of our founding members.   We will enjoy wonderful views over the city, food, wine and music before our guest speaker, Tania Chapman, Chair of Citrus Australia and Victorian Rural Woman of the Year 2012, shares with us with her experiences and the secrets to her successful career in horticulture.

Please note that tickets are limited so don’t miss out. Do feel free to bring along a friend or family member.

Full details are available here.

The Diggers Club Production Nursery Tour & Lunch at Heronswood

Friday 22nd April, 2016 at 10.15am

Did you ever wonder how the largest Garden Club in Australia, The Diggers Club, grow their plants and manage their mail order operation?  Here is your opportunity for a behind-the-scenes viewing of the Diggers Club facilities at 120 Boundary Road, Dromana.

The tour will be followed by lunch at the restaurant at Heronswood Gardens.  Diggers Club have kindly offered our entire group FREE entry to the Gardens afterwards if desired.                                                                Diggers Club

Full details are available here

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

Saturday 19th March, 2016 at 9.30am

What will MIFGS have in store for us this year?  Prepare to be wowed, fascinated and shocked!  Do join us for a bite to eat before we wander the Show Gardens and view the creations of our talented Designers.


Full details are available here.

Royal Botanic Gardens Picnic
Sunday, February 21, 2016 at noon

Come feel the grass between your toes and savour the sights, sounds and perfumes of the beautiful RBG Melbourne at our first event for 2016.

Uniden Digital Camera

BYO picnic hamper and chairs or rug – some onsite seating is available.

Full details are available here.