? Directory of private gardens, open to the public as part of Australia's Open Garden Scheme? Features on gardens, design and planting? Public gardens around Australia? Specialist nurseries? Events - lectures, readings, workshops throughout the year? Regional guide to ABC Radio gardening shows Australia's Open Gardens 2008 - 09 is the gardening and outdoor enthusiast's national guide to more than 600 outstanding private gardens showcased by the Australian Open Garden Scheme. Behind brush fences, box hedges, and wrought-iron gates flourish extraordinary works by Australia's most creative and knowledgeable green thumbs. Garden owners invite the public to explore new trends as well as established styles in gardens, from exotic urban courtyards, sculpted contemporary terraces and lush forest sanctuaries to spectacular flowering gardens, rambling country landscapes and hidden ornamental treasures. For the dedicated gardener, new enthusiast or avid day-tripper, the guide offers a year-round schedule of seasonal inspiration. Special events are listed for each state, offering valuable insights into new gardening techniques, such as drought-tolerant planting and sustainable practices, alongside how-to sessions on areas like garden design, raising tropicals and health-giving herbs. In this year's feature section, experts offer advice on creating and restoring contemporary, organic and historic landscapes. Each open garden description provides directions and opening hours, to ensure visits are planned with absolute ease; as well as useful information such as picnic facilities, pram and wheelchair access, plants-for-sale and dog-friendly status. Be inspired - it's greener out there!