Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens

Castlemaine, VIC, 3450

Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens

Discover beautiful open gardens in Castlemaine and surrounds at the Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens. Every two years, in Melbourne Cup Week, a number of privately owned gardens open their front gates and welcome visitors in to enjoy the fruits of their labour. As always there will be a variety of gardens, from grand and historical gardens to small cottage plots, sculpture gardens and gardens that inspire and delight. This much-loved festival has taken place for over 26 years.

Open Garden Dates/Times

NovemberSaturday 02 to Sunday 10 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Entry Fee: $5

$5 per adult, per garden. Children free. Cash payable at the gate.
Conditions vary per garden - check website closer to the festival dates for full details.

Warning: Water in the garden, Uneven surfaces, Trip hazards

Location & Contact Info

  • Various Locations In The Shire Of Mount Alexander
  • Castlemaine, VIC, 3450

Note: Varies by open garden from street parking to off-street parking. Follow instrucctions at each location.

Local Climate Zone: 9 - Cool Temperate

Summer avg. Max: 27°C Winter avg. Min: 3°C
Avg Frost Days:50
 
Annual Rainfall avg: 646mm. Summer avg. 112mm.
No. of rainy days: 35 Winter avg. 206mm.

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Garden Guide

The Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens offers visitors an opportunity to get away from their homes to explore the gorgeous gold fields country of the Castlemaine district in central Victoria.

It is an impetus to stay in a range of accomm ...

The Garden of Waverley

'WAVERLEY' was built in 1864 by Melbourne based barrister Mr George Smythe, who moved to Castlemaine to be closer to his recently married daughter.

The garden itself is of two parts - the front garden faces west - this features an original granite block front wall, and an elevated garden behind.

A magnificent very old twenty-five metre tall callistemon dominates the driveway side of the garden.
Roses, agapanthus and irises are seen in the garden beds, with a pathway of hardy mini-cog acacias as well as a variety of other shrubs throughout.

The rear garden faces east: the feature of the garden is the original two-storey stables, and the large European trees, which give height, structure and important shade in sum mer. A crazy slate sitting area is located under a large pergola supporting very old grapevines and with the stables behind, this Tuscan-like area is the perfect place to sit and enjoy.

There are several garden beds with a mixture of Australian, exotic and classical English plants, dominated by the deciduous trees.

Antares Iron Art Garden, Newstead

Ever expanding beyond its boundaries, this enticing garden of sculptural wonders will intrigue and inspire!

Created of found and re-imagined objects of stone, bone, wood, glass and iron, there is always more to see and explore.

Perched above the Loddon River at Newstead, Antares enjoys wide views of the sur rounding landscape, including majestic Mount Franklin.

Featured on Gardening Australia, ep.19: 'Rusted On'

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