Business & Tourism Creswick Inc.

Garden Lovers Weekend 2018

This annual community event, now in it's fifth year, is organised by Business & Tourism Creswick Inc. All profits are used for local Creswick projects. We invite you to visit the scenic, historic Central Goldfields Region of Victoria and see an array of diverse private gardens, iconic commercial gardens and nurseries, and more.

This year's event will be held on:

Saturday 10 November, 9.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday 11 November, 9.00am to 4.00pm

Private garden entry: Adults $5 per garden; children free.

Online bookings can be made at Trybooking


Visit and enjoy six diverse private gardens and chat with their creators, including large country gardens, backyard and courtyard gardens:


This pretty courtyard garden started on a very steep, overgrown, factory block. So steep that, lately, the owners were finding it difficult to manage. They decided to have the garden re-designed and landscaped, or else they would have to move. They are very pleased with the result. There are new steps and level areas of wooden decking with balustrades. There are also user friendly, sunny, level vegetable gardens. The patio with mosaic floor is unchanged, as is the water garden and fountain, while the hanging herb wall baskets are now painted brightly. There is a bug hotel and a fairy house. Metal sculptures and birdbaths feature throughout.



The lovely garden at Charnwood’s sloping three quarters of an acre is set out for meandering. Fourteen years ago when the current owners bought the property it was basically a house on grass. What was a cypress dominated front garden now contains a mixture of native plants and crab apple trees. The developing camellia walk at the side of the house opens up to the rear garden where paths lead to areas of discovery blending mixtures of native and exotic plants. A long wattle hedge bordering one side of the property shields a productive potager garden featuring vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, berries and bee-attracting companion plants. A recently completed board walk at the bottom of the garden winds through large mature gums under-planted with small native plants.



This beautiful garden is 2.5 acres in area, and is situated on a gently sloping block of land with a northerly aspect, and is sheltered from the cold southerly wind in winter. Over a period of twenty years, it has been transformed from a bush block to a garden displaying a mix of native and deciduous trees including, oaks, liquid amber, maples, etc. There is a small vegetable garden protected in a netted area which also encloses cherry trees. Raspberries and some citrus trees have been planted alongside this area. Three fish ponds and some statuary make a walk in the garden a pleasant experience – often in the company of visiting kangaroos. Several seats are at random locations in the garden, making for an enjoyable rest.

Mon Repose


Noonameena is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘resting place in the bush’, and this large 3/4 acre country garden is certainly relaxing. Enclosed and protected by pittosporum hedges, the garden is a visual delight – with a mix of native and exotic trees, shrubs, roses, fuchsias and perennials. There’s also a beautiful fernery and an ornamental dam surrounded by graceful weeping willows. The dam is a haven for native ducks, with nesting boxes and a floating bird house.



This 'Heritage Overlaid' cottage and garden dates from a bygone era. Follow the old villa garden path as you take a journey through a variety of garden rooms featuring stone grottos, fountains and even a Roman bath. A rich and diverse range of colourful flora is on view, with traditional European plants and other exotics, including a stonewalled cactus garden. Allow yourself time to enjoy the circular hedge lawn and delight at the ‘Fountain of Youth’. With over 20 years of planting and restoration the garden at 'Ophir' Cottage is full of surprises at every turn. A must see!



This lovely little cottage was purchased in 1993 to operate as a bed and breakfast business. It was built between 1860 and 1880, has one old fruit tree of unknown age on the eastern side, and is surrounded by more recent plantings of mainly hardy cottage plants. In 2005 a Storybook cottage was built on the rear of the block as a residence so the owners could operate the cottage business more easily. With the help of a landscape gardener the property was developed to include a larger garden with cottage plants, camellias and roses. The back garden has native plants, a small vegetable garden, worm farm and heaps of pot plants.


Visit outstanding and iconic commercial gardens and nurseries, including: Bells Water Gardens, Brenlissa Nursery, Creswick Nursery in Miss Northcott’s Garden, Lambley Gardens & Nursery, Maze House, Newlyn Antiques & Cottage Garden Nursery, Overwrought Sculpture Garden & Gallery, and Spring Park Nursery.

There’s also the Creswick Garden Club’s Flower Show at the Town Hall; café and self-guided tours around the gardens of John Curtin Aged Care; Ballarat Bonsai Society’s exhibition, demonstrations and sales at the Creswick Primary School Hall, and much more.

Enquiries: click here to email us, or call 0419 326 453 or 0405 717 321

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