Shows and events



19th–20th November

State Rose and Garden Show

Victorian State Rose Garden, Werribee Park, Wyndham, Vic.

Visit the annual State Rose and Garden Show in Wyndham, Victoria, and enjoy its heady mix of colour and fragrance. The event features more than 5000 roses across 6 acres, plant care demos, guided tours of the gardens, live music and food stalls in the shade of the garden's grand pine trees. With a line up of gardening industry stars, including Costa Georgiadis, this year's event is for devoted gardeners and families alike, with kids' lawn games, face painting and garden workshops running daily.



3rd–4th December

Moral Fairground Fair@Square Ethical Lifestyle Festival 2016

Federation Square, Melbourne; 

With a diverse range of exhibitors and extensive educational activities, forums and workshops to engage, educate and inspire a more sustainable way of life, Fair@Square encourages ethical consumer choice and provides the chance for everyone to share, partake-in and celebrate the virtues of ethically aware living.

Be sure to catch the 1001 Melbournian Nights and The Nest; the highlights for this year. 1001 Melbournian Nights aims to understand and celebrate the diversity of cultures in our community with renowned artists such as Luka Lesson. The Nest on the other hand aims to create a healthy home for you and your family – a sanctuary without the toxins.

There will be activities for the whole family, including live cooking demonstrations, ethically responsible fashion shows, consumer retail and living choices, stories, educational workshops and creative displays.

The Good Kitchen, hosted by Emma Langley from Animal Liberation Victoria, Clare Voitin of Gulliver Jam, Benjamin Mcmenamin of Social Food Project, Niki Angel from Alkaline Superfoods, to name a few will be serving up some delicious, sustainable and ethical meals. 

The Ethical Fashion Show will be presenting collections from brands that take positive actions in transforming the fast production chain; from street wear to high fashion, from laser-cut garments to recycled clothes. Brands such as Bhumi Organic Cotton, Eco Peko, Seven Women and many more will be there showcasing.

As part of the terrific array of family-orientated activities and workshops to inspire and educate, there will also have Documentaries All Day on the main screen, Ethical Markets for the conscientious buyers, and Create and Play by Trash Puppets; creating gifts and crafts from recycled items.

The festival, which is also supported by Eco Store and Lush, is free to attend, will run over the weekend and just in time for Christmas Shopping so see you there at #fairatsquare.





12th February

The Great Local Lunch

Birrarung Marr, Melbourne 

12.30pm - 2.30pm

The Great Local Lunch is a feature event of the 2017 Sustainable Living Festival, and we would love you to be involved! 

You will feast on fresh locally grown and foraged produce, prepared by the chefs at Kinfolk Cafe. 


The Great Local Lunch is a celebration of community, food, farming and gardening in the heart of Melbourne. The aim of the event is to inspire a new generation of growers and support sustainable eating and local producers. Over 200 backyard growers, food lovers and local farmers will come together at Birrarung Marr to share a free 4-course feast prepared by Kinfolk Cafe. 


To generate a buzz about local food, to support the local food industry, and build community and support for a sustainable future.  


There are two ways people can win tickets to the Great Local Lunch: 

  • Register as a grower. Tell us what homegrown goodies you can contribute to the lunch and we’ll give you two tickets. 

  • Post a Local Lunchie. Don’t have a vegie garden but love local food? Post a lunchie (a selfie of you and your lunch) to Facebook or Instagram and you’ll be in the running to win one of 50 double passes to the Great Local Lunch. Make sure to include #LocalLunchie, tag Sustainable Living Festival (@slfestivalaus on Instagram) and let us know what the most local ingredient in your lunch is.

Host, Costa Georgiadis, from ABC’s Gardening Australia will unearth gardening, cooking, recipe and sustainability tidbits, and introduce Melbourne food scene movers and shakers.

To find out more head to the Sustainable Living Festival website




26th March

Botanic Gardens of South Australia Masterclasses

The Art of Bonsai: Principles and Practices

Sunday 26 March or Thursday 21 September

10am – 3pm

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Learn about the ancient art and science of bonsai, from one of the Botanic Gardens' leading horticulturists, Rob Hatcher. In this practical hands-on Masterclass you will learn about the best horticultural practices to construct, grow and care for your very own bonsai. Class size is limited to 10 spots.

Download the course flyer for more information.
Book your spot online through Eventbrite - Sun 26 Mar or Thurs 21 Sep


6th April

Botanic Gardens of South Australia Masterclasses

Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices

Thursday 6 April, Sunday 7 May or Sunday 17 September

10am – 3pm

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Discover how to succeed with seedlings, take cuttings of rare or difficult to grow plants to enhance your garden, save money and satisfy the challenge of growing your own special plants. This course is ideal for rare plant collectors, horticulture students, school or kitchen garden coordinators or those home gardeners just wanting to meet the challenge of propagating your own plants.

Download the course flyer for more information.
Book your spot online through Eventbrite - Thurs 6 AprSun 7 May or Sun 17 Sep


8th–9th April

Heirloom Weekend

Adelaide Botanic Garden 

North Terrace, Adelaide

10am – 3pm 

Come and celebrate making the old... new again with The Diggers Club and The Botanic Gardens of South Australia.


Workshops such as growing and preserving, heirloom vegetable display, farmers market, chickens, bee-keeping, live music, children’s activities and much more!


Ph: (03) 5984 7900
or book online: 



15th–16th April

Open Gardens Victoria

A Woodland Garden

28 Pioneer Road, Stanley (near Beechworth)
Open 10.00am - 4.30pm
Entry price $8 (children under 18 free)
The home garden covers over an acre and the adjoining chestnut orchard and tree collection extend across seven acres. Within this area, chestnuts, quinces, feijoas and rhubarb are produced organically for sale to CERES in Melbourne and the extensive tree collection, including over 30 species of oak, allows visitors to walk amongst some very interesting trees. Bee hives situated amongst the chestnuts allow the bees to produce chestnut honey. The entire property is run organically.
The home produce garden is defined by two large, netted vegetable beds and includes both a citrus and stone fruit orchard, allowing the owners to eat largely from the garden.
Many species of rare and more interesting trees and shrubs can be found, including specimens of Hupeh Crabapple (Malus hupehensis), Willow Leaved Oak (Quercus phellos), Japanese Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japoncium), Korean Birch (Betula maximovicziana), Canadian Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii), Disanthus (Disanthus cercidifolius), Azara (Azara microphylla) and various types of PhiladelphusHydrangea and Camellia.
Islands of indigenous trees and understorey have been planted within the tree collection, attracting a diversity of birds back to the area, which was originally an apple orchard.
Also open nearby:
Wallasey ­Beaumaris
11 Weir Lane, Beechworth
Open 10.00am - 4.30pm
Entry price $8 (children under 18 free)