Meeniyan Garlic Festival.Credit:Ken Spence Photography
Four Mornington Peninsula gardens – two in Portsea and two in Sorrento – are open this weekend. A tennis court has been turned into a growing space with roses, vegetables and a greenhouse at 100 Back Beach Road, Portsea; a stand of 250-year-old Moonah trees is the central focus at 57 Duffy Street Portsea; Mediterranean plants abound at 17 Point King Road, Sorrento, while you can expect lawns, perennial borders and a golden elm at the large Greenwood Avenue, Sorrento garden that has been owned by the same family since 1909.
The gardens are open from 10am to 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday (February 15 and 16), entry varies from $8 to $10, or $30 for all four. Go to opengardensvictoria.org.au for more information.
Food swaps, farmers’ markets and lectures on everything from aquaponics to insect biodiversity are part of this month’s National Sustainable Living Festival. Saturday’s (February 15) events include an information session – run by the not-for-profit organisation Farmer Incubator – on a program supporting aspiring farmers to grow a garlic crop, 6pm to 8pm, Seeds Communal Garden, 331 Albert Street, Brunswick. The festival runs until February 29, go to slf.org.au for information about other events.
South Gippsland growing
Garlic and other South Gippsland-grown produce will be celebrated at Saturday’s (February 15) Meeniyan Garlic Festival, which runs from 9am to 4pm and includes talks, stalls and taste tests, Meeniyan Recreation Reserve, $10 entry. Go to meeniyangarlicfestival.com.au for more information.
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