The Bathurst Gardeners Club Inc will host their Spring Spectacular for 2020 on the weekend of 24th and 25th October. The theme for 2020 Spring Spectacular will be Heritage Home Gardens, Plant and Garden Expo. A number of gardens will be on display which honor the oldest inland settlement in Australia. To compliment the gardens a Plant and Garden Expo will be held on the Saturday 24th only. Local musicians will perform in the gardens.
|Saturday, 24 October 2020||9:30AM - 5:00PM|
|Sunday, 25 October 2020||9:30AM - 5:00PM|
Tickets $15.00 for all gardens. Plant and Garden Expo will be on Saturday 24th only, entry by gold coin donation. Plant and market stalls, demonstrations and displays at Expo. Tickets available at all gardens, the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre and the Plant and Garden Expo.
|Warning: Water in the garden, Uneven surfaces, Steep slopes, Trip hazards|
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Distances are approximate. When planning your trip please check open times etc by following links to National Public Toilet Map.
Bathurst Spring Spectacular is an annual event run by the Bathurst Gardeners' Club. Each year it has a theme and in 2020 the theme will be Heritage Home Gardens.
This year we have sought out gardens that honour Bathurst's rich history as the oldest ...
The large country garden at Clifton has been developed over some decades, with established European trees in a parkland setting, shrubs, herbaceous beds and massed bulbs. Gently sloping, it overlooks Frying Pan Creek and the Fish River and uses the borrowed landscape of paddocks very effectively. Large areas of lawns, some with hundreds of bulbs, surround the 1860's/1940's house and the 1820 convict-built Quarters. The Quarters will be open for guided tours.
There is a rose garden full of heritage and David Austin roses, orchard, vines and nuttery, wild flower meadow and a birch grove underplanted with hundreds of Spanish bluebells. This is a garden that enjoys all four seasons with something to look at all year round.
The garden continues over the road and down to the creek also planted with European trees. The Pleasaunce is home to two donkeys and won't be open to tour, but they will be happy to talk to you over the fence.
'Macquarie', the centrepiece of William Lawson's Central West enterprise, is the first farm and oldest residence over the Blue Mountains. The current owners purchased 'Macquarie' in 2012 and are only its 3rd owners in it's 200 year history.
Their first initiative was to create a corridor of native planting from the billabongs and wetlands of the Fish River to facilitate the migration of fauna to the high country, whilst trialling plants for the curtilage. Inspiration was taken from modern English gardens with formal topiary interspersed with grasses and looser planting.
Convict Barracks on this property will also be open with an additional fee of $10.00 with all proceeds going to charity
The Mill Cottage, originally known as the Garden House, was built by convicts, circa 1830, of random rubble and brick, and stands on the northern side of the Fish River in O'Connell. The present owners bought the Mill Cottage eight years ago, attracted by the historic house, the old garden and the orchard, all set beside the river.
The garden comprises mainly cool climate plants: bulbs, roses, salvias, hellebores and many other perennials, dominated by a large box elder tree. The garden is private and peaceful.
Reid Cottage is not a heritage home but the garden has lots of innovation. The current owners have lived at Reid Cottage for around 27 years. They have always enjoyed having a garden but the 'bug' really hit about 6 years ago when they decided to pave their backyard just before their first trip to England. They came home from that trip and have been hooked on creating a beautiful 'quirky' garden ever since.
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