In 2020, the NGVWA will present its first ever Virtual Garden Day on 26 November via a video link, ensuring garden enthusiasts can experience some of Victoria’s most coveted, private gardens. Ticket purchasers will enjoy a virtual tour of the gardens and art collections of artists and collectors and for the first time, glimpse the art collections of the garden owners. Viewers will hear garden owners, including artist Bill Henson, discuss their favourite plants and most treasured spots in the garden. In another first, several gardens featured are in regional Victoria offering the chance to see much larger scale planting and design ideas.

‘We’ve had to reimagine NGVWA Garden Day this year and in doing so have been incredibly lucky to gain access to not only the garden, but a glimpse at the owner’s art collection as well. This privileged access allows viewers to develop a fuller insight into the owners’ creative processes. The artists and collectors are all passionate about visually stimulating garden design, as well as art. The virtual tour will delve into both art forms from the garden owners’ perspective. We are also looking forward to sharing the experience with a much broader audience’ NGVWA volunteer Chloe White said.

Providing COVID restrictions have been reduced, the NGVWA produce stall will move to Minimax in Malvern Road, Hawksburn, where a wide selection of preserves and chutneys will be available for sale from 15 November.

Tickets for the online event are $30 (no GST) and are on sale from 15 September until 25 November. Booking enquiries 03 8662 1573, 10am – 5pm daily or online

Proceeds raised from the event and 100% of NGVWA preserves sales support art acquisition and curators travelgrants at the NGV as well as scholarship at the VCA. The NGVWA was formed in 1961 to raise funds for the NGV.

Its efforts, with the support of so many generous members of the public, have enabled the NGV to acquire a largecatalogue of artworks over this time including works by Andy Warhol, John Brack, Anish Kapoor and Yayoi Kusama.