Gardens Embracing Change
2020 Festival of Gardens has been cancelled however see details below of six festival favourites who will open independently during Melbourne Cup week.


We are pleased to announce that six of the gardens due to participate in the 2020 Festival of Gardens will open independently – details for five in the image below.
Details for the sixth garden are shown below the image.

The sixth garden to open is the ever popular Antares Iron Art Garden at Newstead. Open 31 Oct-4 Nov & 7-8 Nov. Brandt St &, Punt Rd, Newstead.  0447 229 149

A brief overview of the gardens can be found here.


August 2020 announcement

After much consultation and amid great heartache, the uncertainty of the restrictions associated with COVID-19 has forced the Committee of Management of the Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens to make the decision to cancel the 2020 Festival, due to take place across the Melbourne Cup week.
Read the full announcement here.


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, around 25 selected gardens are 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 2020 festival was exploring 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.

More details will follow once the festival is rescheduled. In the meantime, take a look at the 2018 Festival of Gardens offerings here.