Gardens Embracing Change
With the 2020 Festival of Gardens cancelled due to the uncertainties of Covid, we are delighted to announce that there will be a special ‘one-off’ festival in Melbourne Cup week 2021.
Normal programming will resume in 2022.

Welcome to the website of the Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens.

​For over 26 years the gardeners of Castlemaine & District have opened their front gates and welcomed visitors in to enjoy the fruits of their labours.

​Every two years, in Melbourne Cup Week, a number of privately owned gardens are selected and offered for your enjoyment. As always there will be a variety of gardens, from grand and historical gardens to small cottage plots and gardens which will intrigue and inspire.

The 2021 festival will explore the theme Gardens Embracing Change.

This recognises the challenges for all gardeners in the current climate, and into the future, with climate change being a most important factor in our planning. Water conservation, mulching, raised beds, composting, plant selection and so on — all play a part in helping our gardens survive. With this theme we were planning to demonstrate to our visitors how we are preparing for the future, and keeping our gardens growing.