Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens
29 October to 6 November 2016
Welcome to the 25th Anniversary of our Festival of Gardens.
In this exciting Silver Jubilee year, you can see a variety of gardens, from grand and historical gardens to small cottage plots and community gardens, including, for the first time, a school garden at Winters Flat Primary School.
In addition to the many open gardens, concurrent events include a special exhibition of garden-related paintings at the Castlemaine Art Museum (14 Lyttleton Street) and on Saturday, 29 October, at 6:00pm, Josh Byrne of Gardening Australia will speak at the Phee Broadway Theatre (Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine). Doors open at 5:30pm.
Our district has endured harsh climatic conditions over the past two years, and, unfortunately, some previous exhibitors have had to withdraw. But, over this winter, the region has enjoyed good rainfall which should contribute to our open gardens being at their best in the Spring.
Please be aware that not all gardens will be open throughout the Festival. The souvenir program (details in the left-hand column) provides opening hours for each garden, with addresses and Melway and VicRoads references and maps.
This year, for the first time, we have obtained generous financial sponsorship from ASQ/Skydancers and Castlemaine Property Group. Mount Alexander Shire Council has provided funds through their Community Grants Scheme. These contributions will assist in making our celebrations grander than ever.
A big thank you to our generous sponsors: