Open Gardens West Coast Inc. was established in August 2016.  It is a West Australian volunteer-based not for profit organisation run by a team of enthusiastic  volunteers – garden lovers, designers, horticulturists, garden owners and more.   Why not join in?

Part of the proceeds from the gate entry price to an Open Garden is usually donated by the Garden Owner to a charity of their choosing. We have been involved in raising tens of thousands of dollars for a wide variety of charities.

Profits from our activities also go towards developing and managing our annual program of events, administrative costs, and are donated to projects that fit within our aims as detailed in our constitution. We have a sub-committee that is dedicated to finding organisations suitable for our grants and donations.

We aim to

  • Arrange for a calendar of open gardens in Western Australia for public viewing
  • Promote the enjoyment and benefits of gardening and gardens
  • Encourage community engagement in gardening by promoting horticultural education, garden design, ecological sustainability and other activities
  • Cooperate with and participate in activities with other organisations which have similar objects


Our Constitution

Click here to see a copy of our constitution

The Board 
Chair Kieran Kelly
Deputy Chair Kathleen Leaman
Treasurer Belinda Nye-Chart
Secretary Anne Clifford

Committee Members

Cynthia Mahony
Ardea Murphy
Joy Ross
Penny Warnock

Executive Officer, Matthew Lunn, joined the Board in 2020.
His key role with the organisation is to develop the strategic direction for Open Gardens WA, and provide overall management of the annual calendar of events ensuring variety and interest. He brings his enthusiastic and professional approach to the long term structure and sustainability of the business model that will sustain the organisation in the long term.

Matthew Lunn is uniquely suited to the role, horticulture has been his passion and life career for 40 years, training in horticulture and landscape design at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Wisley UK, arriving here in WA in 1994. His role with OGWA, is complemented by his position as CEO of the WA branches of The Nursery & Garden Industry and as Executive Officer of The Landscape Industry Association.