Ridgefield Open Gardens

A Beautiful Garden set in the Breathtaking Ancient Splendour of the Yarra Valley. Warwick and Paulette Bisley warmly invite you to enjoy their garden and life’s work.

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November 2017
Where: 58 Boundary Rd Coldstream
Open: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Entry price: $10 (children U18 free)

Nestled in the stunning natural beauty offering unmatched views of the ancient Yarra Valley, Ridgefield has over a hectare of lovingly created country garden. Designed by Robert Boyle, the garden gives protection from the considerable valley winds and includes a Formal Garden, Crab-apple Lawn, Croquet Lawn, Walled Garden, Birch Walk, Rose Beds, an orchard and vegetable garden.

Wander through the beautiful garden and experience special performances by students of Worawa Aboriginal College. Enjoy Devonshire Tea, wine sale, BBQ and plant sale, homemade goods, coffee. Featuring Aboriginal art by Worawa students.

Presentation Day 2017

On Presentation Day we will acknowledge and reward the achievement of our students and we extend an invitation to you to join us in this celebration. Following the Awards Ceremony guests may adjourn to the Sandra Bardas Gallery to view an exciting exhibition of Aboriginal fine art by our students and communities they come from.

Keynote Speaker
Dr Jackie Huggins AM

Dr Jackie Huggins is a Bidjara (central Queensland) and Birri–Gubba Juru (North Queensland) woman from Queensland who has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over thirty years. Jackie is a celebrated historian and author who has documented the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout the decades.

In 2001, Jackie received the Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Throughout her career spanning over four decades, Jackie has played a leading role in reconciliation, literacy, women’s issues and social justice.

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and Flinders University (with Honours) a Diploma of Education and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Queensland. Most recently, Jackie was the Director of Jackie Huggins and Associates, a consultancy business, following a long and distinguished record of public service and professional achievement. She is currently the Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.


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Event Details

13 December 2017


60-80 Barak Lane, Healesville

5 December 2017